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Throwback Thursday: The Local History of Candied Yams

If you’ve ever eaten a vegetable and thought “This would taste better with candy on top,” then you’re probably a sucker for sweet potato casserole, or candied […]

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Throwback Thursday: When Massachusetts Women Were Denied the Right to Vote

On November 2, 1915, Massachusetts residents could have given women the right to vote. And they didn’t. According to the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, a […]

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Throwback Thursday: Happy Birthday, Sylvia Plath!

On October 28, 1932, Sylvia Plath was born in Boston. The influential poet spent her formative years in and around Boston before leaving for Smith […]

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Throwback Thursday: The Dedication of the JFK Library

On this day 37 years ago, the newly constructed John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Columbia Point was officially dedicated. A ceremony on October 20, […]

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Throwback Thursday: When the First Iron Lung Was Used in Boston

When a devastating new epidemic began to take hold in the United States in the early 1900s, it wasn’t long before the smart folks at Harvard began to […]

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Throwback Thursday: The Sinking of the Blueberry Boat

In February 1939, a British freighter called the Lutzen set sail from Saint John, New Brunswick, to New York, hauling a whopping 320 tons of frozen […]

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Throwback Thursday: The Final Round of the Salem Witch Trials

On this day 324 years ago, the last eight victims of the Salem witch trials were put to death. They were hanged September 22, 1692, rounding out […]

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Throwback Thursday: The Village of Shawmut Becomes Boston

Boston became Boston 386 years ago. On September 16 (or 17, depending on who you ask) the small village of Shawmut, Massachusetts, switched its name […]

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Throwback Thursday: George Washington Requests a Spy

During this week in 1776, George Washington was feeling a bit drunk with power. In all his boldness, he decided to ask a favor of […]

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Throwback Thursday: A Boston Woman Becomes the First Female Telephone Operator

Alexander Graham Bell is probably most famous for a little invention known as the telephone. In fact, he made the first-ever two-way long distance telephone call between Boston and […]

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Throwback Thursday: When the T Was Color-Coded

Fifty-one years ago this week, the Green Line became green, the Blue Line adopted its cobalt hue, and so on. The four branches of the MBTA’s […]

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Throwback Thursday: John L. Sullivan Makes a Stop at Nantasket Beach

Nantasket Beach in the summertime is a pretty nice spot to be. On August 18, 1887, it was especially nice because the Boston Strong Boy himself had […]

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Throwback Thursday: Five Things You May Not Know About Larz Anderson

Monday, August 15, 2016, would have been Larz Anderson’s 150th birthday. Who is Larz Anderson, you ask? He’s a car collector, amateur horticulturalist, foreign ambassador, Harvard […]

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Throwback Thursday: The Discovery of the Slain Borden Parents

On one oppressively hot day 124 years ago, police met a gruesome scene on 92 Second Street in Fall River. August 4, 1892, marks the […]

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Throwback Thursday: Happy Birthday, Jackie Kennedy!

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was born as Jacqueline Bouvier on July 28, 1929, in Southampton, New York. Soon after, as a toddler, she became an excellent equestrian. […]