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Boston 1775

History, analysis, and unabashed gossip about the start of the...

Latest Post: April 18, 2019
Capt. Thomas Barnard and the Signal from Old North

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Last spring I wrote a bunch of postings about the debate over who hung the signal lanterns from Old North Church on 18 Apr 1775, John Pulling or Robert Newman . My conclusion: They were both involved, and in fact the earliest stories told by their descendants each mention another man, who was...
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Latest Post: April 18, 2019
Red Roofs

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Patriots Day 2019 was not a very enjoyable day. It was certainly not as dreadful as Patriots Day 2013, but still a frightful day. I woke up to thunder, looked out at the dreary rain, made the decision not to drive to Lexington so I could walk the Battle Road as is my custom, did […]
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The History Blog

Latest Post: April 17, 2019
Water works unearth Iron Age ritual burials

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Excavations at the site of a water pipe installation have discovered 26 ancient skeletons, some from the Iron Age with unusual burial practices that suggest a ritual purpose. The new water pipes are being installed near Wantage in Oxfordshire to protect Letcombe Brook, a rare chalk stream in the...
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History in the Margins -€” Pamela Toler

Pamela Toler

Latest Post: April 16, 2019
Ottoman Dress and Design in the West

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  Those of you who have known me for a long, long time might remember that I once wrote a proposal for a book on how Islam influenced Western culture in fundamental ways.(1) Those of you who’ve known me even longer know that my dissertation was titled Building the Orient of the Imagination:...
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You're History!

"History will be kind to me for I intend to write it." Winston...

Latest Post: April 14, 2019
Plymouth 400th Anniversary

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Well, it’s almost here. 2020 will mark the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower on Cape Cod. Most of us connect this event with Plymouth, Massachusetts, but the ship first made landfall near what is now Provincetown at the tip of Cape Cod. I’ve visited both Provincetown and the...
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Disney History

Latest Post: April 11, 2019

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Those who know me also know that I am not planning to go see the new Dumbo movie. I understand why those live-action remakes are made, I know that some of them are good (and some even great) movies, and I have nothing against them philosophically, but I am just not really interested and prefer to...
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