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Six Christmas Firsts for New England

New England is as unlikely a place as there is to celebrate Christmas firsts. After all, Puritans in Massachusetts and Connecticut officially banned the holiday. It wasn’t until the mid-19th century that most New Englanders took the day off, let ...

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How the Poles Came to New England

Before the Poles came to New England they had already made it to the Jamestown colony in Virginia as craftsmen. Over the centuries the Poles came to New England in waves, the first from 1870 to 1914, the second after ...

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Isaac Bissell Spreads the Lexington Alarm

Isaac Bissell electrified the colonies of Massachusetts and Connecticcut with the news of the Battle of Lexington in April 1775. He rode farther, faster and harder than Paul Revere, but is not so well-remembered. Unfortunately for the heroic messenger, ‘Bissell’ ...

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