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15 Facts About the 1978 Blizzard

The 1978 blizzard started with snow during the morning of February 6. It didn’t stop for 33 hours, dumping two feet of snow on New England. Sometimes it fell as fast as four inches an hour. Parts of Boston’s South ...

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Pass the Tourtiere, C’est Le Reveillon!

For many, many years, le reveillon was the way Franco-Americans ushered in New Year’s Day in New England’s Little Canadas.   The reveillon is a long, late dinner preceding a holiday.  Tourtiere is central to the meal. The celebrated meat pie, ...

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The Little Canadas of New England

Dozens of Little Canadas have contributed a significant but often ignored part of the character and history of New England since the 19th century. They’ve given us magnificent churches, Catholic hospitals and sports heroes like Springfield’s Leo Durocher and Woonsocket’s ...

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The Dorr Rebellion: When RI Had 2 Governors

For six weeks in 1842, the Dorr Rebellion gave Rhode Island two governments, each claiming to be the legitimate representative of the people. It was a spectacularly failed attempt to broaden democracy that pitted the laboring classes against the rural ...

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