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Six Presidential Houses in New England

Before presidential libraries, there were presidential houses, and every New England state has one. You may know about some, but others may come as a surprise. In celebration of President’s Day, we bring you six presidential houses. If you know ...

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The Pet Names of Famous New Englanders

When the Pilgrims came to America on the Mayflower, they brought with them two dogs described as a spaniel and a mastiff. Though their names are unknown, the pet names of many famous four-legged New Englanders have not been lost ...

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Prudence Crandall, Connecticut’s Heroic Schoolteacher

In 1831, Prudence Crandall bought a large empty house in Canterbury, Conn., setting off a national controversy. She had the effrontery to educate an African-American girl. And then she educated only African-American girls. Prudence Crandall Prudence Crandall was a well-educated Quaker, ...

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The Angels of Abbott Handerson Thayer

Abbott Handerson Thayer was a bird-crazy boy who grew up to paint stunning pictures of angels -- and to promote the military use of camouflage. He was born on Aug. 12, 1849 in Boston, the son of a country doctor. He grew ...

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