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Throwback Thursday: When Martha’s Vineyard Had Its Own Sign Language

In the mid-1800s, one in 25 people in the town of Chilmark, Massachusetts, was deaf. Since it was a time before American Sign Language was established, […]

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Throwback Thursday: Five Vintage Photos of Summer in Boston

Summer in the city is really hot. Heavy air, stifling apartments, and sizzling streets are to be expected, but if it’s any consolation, Bostonians have been […]

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Throwback Thursday: Gustav Mahler and the Kennedy Assassinations

It was 156 years ago today that the world was blessed with Gustav Mahler, the revolutionary Austrian composer who sought to distill in his works […]

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Throwback Thursday: When Pickpockets Ruined the Fourth of July

In 1854, nothing could ruin an Independence Day celebration quite like a few pesky pickpockets. So when the Boston Police finally arrested the thieving gentlemen […]

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Throwback Thursday: When an Experimental Garden in Cambridge Was Approved

On June 23, 1813, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society had a good day. A few 203 years ago, the society was granted permission to buy land on […]

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Throwback Thursday: Robert Goddard Is Granted Another Patent for Rocketry

Dr. Robert Goddard obtained a total of 214 patents during his lifetime. The Worcester native is remembered as the father of modern rocket propulsion—but during the […]

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Throwback Thursday: Maine Becomes the First State to Outlaw Alcohol

Maine has the unique honor of being the home state to Prohibition. It was born there on June 2, 1851 when the state enacted the […]

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Throwback Thursday: When Catholic Priests Were Banned from Massachusetts

For a state known for its Catholics, you’d never guess that early Massachusetts Bay Colony residents considered the Pope the Antichrist. Puritans escaping the Church of […]

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Throwback Thursday: The Sighting of Martha’s Vineyard

If your weekend plans include some quality time on the Vineyard, take a moment to commemorate its first European sighting 414 years ago. On May […]

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Throwback Thursday: When a Northampton Woman Was Saved from the Gallows

The Salem Witch Trials are undoubtedly an embarrassing low point in New England’s history, but witchcraft hysteria wasn’t confined to just one town. Suspicions were rampant […]

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Throwback Thursday: When Spectacle Island Was a Heaping Pile of Trash

This weekend marks the opening of the Boston Harbor Islands for the season. While Bostonians will be eager to take advantage of Free Ferry Day […]

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Throwback Thursday: Nancy Drew’s Boyfriend Definitely Went to Emerson

Nancy Drew turns 86 years old today. The amateur sleuth is actually immortalized as a teenager in her mystery stories, sometimes at age 16 and sometimes […]

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Throwback Thursday: When Rosie Ruiz ‘Won’ the Boston Marathon

Rosie Ruiz made it look easy, and that was her downfall. When Ruiz, an unknown 26-year-old living in New York, won the Boston Marathon’s female […]

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Throwback Thursday: When Beacon Hill’s Sidewalks Were Almost Paved

One particularly stressful morning in 1947 on Beacon Hill’s West Cedar St., Mrs. Walter Dewey hurriedly got dressed, flew down the front steps of her […]

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Throwback Thursday: The Debut of Silence Dogood

To the Author of the New England Courant. Sir, It may not be improper in the first Place to inform your Readers, that I intend […]