Monday, November 27, 2006

Mass Moments

Mass Moments is a project of the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, whose mission is to use history, literature, philosophy, and the other humanities disciplines to enhance and improve civic life throughout the Commonwealth. The Foundation receives support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Massachusetts Cultural Council as well as private sources. This project is funded in part by a grant from the "We the People" Initiative at NEH.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

The Boston Historical Society and Museum

The Boston Historical Society and Museum

Founded in 1881 to save the Old State House from being moved to Chicago, The Bostonian Society is the historical society for the city of Boston. Through library and museum collections which date from the 1630s to the 21st century, through exhibitions on the American Revolution and Boston's neighborhoods, and through programs for adults and children, the Society brings Boston history to life.

The Bostonian Society is the first stop for anyone interested in the city's history. With a museum within the 1713 Old State House, a research library and programs and events for all ages, the Society provides a comprehensive historical and educational resource.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

The New England Higher Education Recruitment Consortium

The New England Higher Education Recruitment Consortium's site is a free web-based job search resource, which includes thirty-six New England universities and colleges, with more than 3,000 job openings for faculty, administrators, and hospital personnel. Job seekers are not restricted to people who work in academia. Jobs range from positions for professors and lecturers to openings for physicians, scientists, laboratory technicians, researchers, and medical and support staff.

Members of the consortium include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston University, Boston College, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Brown University, Dartmouth University , Worcester State College, University of Vermont, Bentley College, Berkeley College of Music, Emerson College, Northeastern University, Babson College, Simmons College, Emmanuel College, and Wheelock College. Hospitals in the consortium include Massachusetts General Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Brigham & Women's Hospital.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

New England Towns

I guess the best way to explain this site is thus: This is a travel guide that your ancestors could have used almost two hundred years ago. I spent a lot of time reading through this site last night. It contains a large number of historic descriptions covering New England, from the states down to individual locations (springs, rivers, etc.). - brings together historic accounts of New England places that not only tell us about times gone by, but also offer hints and revelations for the modern visitor. Searching for a scenic getaway? Want to visit ancestral towns and villages in search of genealogy and family history.

Here’s an entry for the Massachusetts portion of the site
A trigonometrical and astronomical survey of the state, by order of the general court, for the purpose of a new map, was commenced in 1830, and will soon be completed. Surveys of the mineralogy, botany, zoology, and agriculture of the state have been commenced; some favorable reports have been made, and the researches of scientific men are continued, and promise great public usefulness.

It’s a great site to poke around, and the creators have done a good job of pulling all of this information together.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006


EarthWatch Institute

Earthwatch Institute is an international non-profit organization, based in Maynard, Massachusetts, that brings science to life for people concerned about the Earth's future. Founded in 1971, Earthwatch supports scientific field research by offering volunteers the opportunity to join research teams around the world. This unique model is creating a systematic change in how the public views science and its role in environmental sustainability.

Monday, September 04, 2006

New England Weather Spotters

New England Weather Spotters

Since New England experiences harsh winters, several regional television stations use weather spotters for up-to-date snowfall amounts and reports. WHDH-TV's network, launched by former meteorologist Todd Gross, is the largest in New England with close to 300 spotters.

From the Berkshires to Boston, weather forecasts and educational evaluation of the weather for Southern New England keep you up to the minute with what you need to know and why our New England weather is what it is.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

The Encyclopedia of New England

The Encyclopedia of New England
Edited by Burt Feintuch and David H. Watters; Foreword by Donald Hall


Named one of the best reference books of 2005 by Library Journal
Often defined by the familiar images of taciturn Yankees, town meetings, maple syrup, and rocky seacoasts, New England is both a distinctively American place and a distinctive place within America. Yet these images present only one aspect of the richly varied region that is New England in the twenty-first century. Today traditional scenes of white-clapboard buildings surrounding an idyllic village green, hillside farms, and red-brick mills rub shoulders with advanced research centers, nuclear power plants, and urban neighborhoods of immigrants from around the globe.

In entries written by leading authorities in the field, The Encyclopedia of New England presents a comprehensive view of this important region, past and present. Both authoritative and entertaining, this single-volume reference will be an invaluable resource for the scholar and an irresistible pageturner for the browser.

The Encyclopedia contains
• 1,300 alphabetically arranged entries examining significant people, places, events, ideas,and artifacts• Fascinating and little-known facts that rarely appear in history books
• More than 500 illustrations and maps
• Contributions from nearly 1,000 distinguished scholars and writers, including journalists, academics, and specialists from museums, industries, and historical societies
• 1.5 million words in 22 thematic sections, ranging from agriculture to tourism, each with an introduction by a leading specialist in the field
• Extensive cross-references and a full index
BURT FEINTUCH is professor of Folklore and English and director of the Center for the Humanities at the University of New Hampshire. DAVID H. WATTERS is professor of English and director of the Center for New England Culture at the University of New Hampshire.

Did You Know . . .
• The Vermont legislature declared war on Nazi Germany in 1941, before Pearl Harbor.
• When Massachusetts schoolchildren petitioned the legislature to make the chocolate chip cookie the state cookie, it set off a firestorm because many people (including the governor) preferred Fig Newtons. Finally, in 1997 (Mass. Bill S-1716), the chocolate chip cookie became the official state cookie; the Fig Newton was unofficially declared the state “fruit cookie.”
• Basketball, candlepin bowling, lacrosse, racquetball, volleyball, and wiffle ball were all invented in New England.

From Yale University Press

Can be purchased at

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Battle of Bunker Hill

To mark the 225th anniversary of the Battle of Bunker Hill, the Massachusetts Historical Society presents its first "web exhibition" -- personal accounts and eyewitness descriptions of the battle, along with contemporary maps, drawings, engravings, broadsides, and artifacts, either preserved by the participants or found on the battlefield.
The exhibition is divided into seven sections:

An essay by Bernard Bailyn giving an overview account of the battle

A timeline of events and documents described in the exhibition

Ten contemporary manuscript and printed accounts of the battle with transcriptions of the texts

Brief biographical sketches of the authors and recipients of documents in the exhibition

Contemporary maps and views of Boston in 1775 and battle plans

A bibliography of sources on the Battle of Bunker Hill
While the exhibit includes well-known documents such as Abigail Adams's letter to her husband John, quoted above, there also are letters and journals of American and British soldiers, including ordinary soldiers in the ranks, as well as civilian observers who lived in the Boston area.
The purpose of the web exhibition is to make available documents from the Massachusetts Historical Society's collections to a wider audience. The events of June 17, 1775 are told here through the words of those who were present.

The Death of General Warren at the Battle of Bunker Hill byJohn Trumbull.

Battle of Bunker Hill
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sunday, June 04, 2006


Moxie, a carbonated beverage, is considered to be the nation's first mass produced soft drink.

The word "Moxie" means courage, guts, self-sufficiency, chutzpah, confidence, fighting spirit, and nerve -- it also took a lot of moxie to swallow more than a mouthful of the stuff. At best, the flavor has been described as unforgettable. Early advertising campaigns informed potential patrons that they would have to "Learn to Drink Moxie." The thought of people drinking this stuff out of pleasure is incomprehensible, yet Moxie has a strong following who will drink no other soda. In fact, as late as the 1920s Moxie was our nations most popular national brand.

Moxie is found throughout New England.

Maine holds a Moxie Festival every year in July.

Moxie World
Monarch Beverage Company brands
Moxie Festival
Moxie Facts

UPDATED: August 26, 2008
Cornucopia Beverages has acquired the Trademark and rights of the Moxie brand and all associated beverages from the Monarch Beverages Company of Atlanta, Georgia.

Their new can/bottle reflect this change (finally!)

Friday, May 26, 2006

New England’s Guide to New England
New England’s Guide to New England

Featuring regional "Getaway Guides" to each region & state in New England. Complete guide to lodging, attractions, and more. Advertisers can choose from a number of listing opportunities.

New England Magazine

FREE monthly newsletter delivered to the inbox's of interested travelers. GONE includes local articles, reviews, promotions, and a special coupon section.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

New England Explorer

At New England Explorer it is their goal to create a website that will truly be "Your Gateway To New England " ™ including travel information for Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

New England Meeting

New England Meeting

The Official Web Site of theNew England Society of Convention and Visitors BureausDiscover New England and the diversity the region has tooffer. Our historic cities, pristine coastline and charmingcountry settings offer a multitude of meeting options.

The New England Society of Convention and VisitorsBureaus is a cooperative organization of over 20 CVBsdedicated to promoting New England as a premieredestination for meetings and conventions.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Maple Syrup in New England

Going for a drive this morning was rewarded with the smells of “sugaring” in the air. To learn about the history and making of maple syrup (and where to get a taste!) I found the following resources:

The New England Maple Museum is conveniently located in the heart of Maple Country, nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains in Rutland, Vermont where Vermont’s finest maple syrup is made.

Massachusetts Maple Producers Association are a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of maple sugaring in Massachusetts.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Nature of New England

Nature of New England
Photos and information about birds, butterflies, mammals, & wildflowers

New England Wildlife Center is a native wildlife preservation and educational nonprofit organization teaching hospital, education, advocacy and public health and habitat intervention.

Heritage Programs
Heritage programs are small government programs that work to preserve their states' native biological diversity through inventory, research, environmental review, habitat protection, and data management. Heritage programs maintain rare species lists, natural community information, rare plant fact sheets, and various other reference materials.
ME: Maine Natural Areas Program
MA: Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program
CT: Natural Diversity Data Base
NH: New Hampshire Natural Heritage Inventory
VT: Vermont Nongame & Natural Heritage Program
RI: Rhode Island Natural History Survey

New England Discovery
The goal at New England Discovery is to increase awareness and appreciation of wildlife and the natural world by helping people become more familiar with the wild animals that live around us, and how these animals interact with and depend on their environment.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

New England Chapter of Free Republic

The New England Chapter of Free Republic website contains the New England state's Constitutions, official State web sites, and state media links.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

New England Ghosts!

As seen on the Discovery, History, and Travel Channels!

Author of six books, a prize-winning journalist, historian, lecturer, and paranormal investigator/ghost hunter Paul F. Eno is rapidly becoming known nationally as "The Ghost Guru".

Check out his website New England!

Monday, March 13, 2006 is an online cultural marketplace designed to bring together New England's performing artists and the people and organizations wishing to present them. This free website features an easy-to-search directory of artists, performance spaces and presenting organizations, designed to 'MATCH' artists with presenters that 'BOOK' them to perform.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

The Boston Massacre

The Boston Massacre was an event that occurred on a snowy Monday night, March 5, 1770 and helped eventually spark the Revolutionary War. Tensions caused by the heavy military presence in Boston were greatly increased after soldiers fired into a rioting crowd of civilians. John Adams later said that on the night of the Boston Massacre, the foundation of independent America was laid.

More can be learned at the Boston Massacre Historical Society website.

Monday, February 20, 2006

New England Organ Bank

The Gift of Life

More than 89,000 Americans are waiting for lifesaving organ transplants and many more wait for donated tissues. On average, 17 people in this country die every day - 6,600 each year - waiting for organ transplant. The reason is simple -- a tragic shortage of donated organs and tissues.

The New England Organ Bank (NEOB) is the oldest independent organ procurement organization (OPO) in the country. It is the federally-designated OPO for all or part of the six New England states.

Request a Donor Card To have a donor card mailed to you, please fill out our request form. When you receive your donor card, fill it out, sign it, and keep it with you.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

New England Jazz Alliance

The New England Jazz Alliance (NEJA) is a group of dedicated individuals who, in December of 2001, established the New England Jazz Hall of Fame, and a traveling exhibit that tells the story of jazz in New England. Please join them as they work to preserve and promote the rich history of jazz in New England.

Friday, January 27, 2006

The Whale Center of New England

The Whale Center of New England (WCNE), formerly the Cetacean Research Unit, was founded in 1980 to study the whales frequenting waters off the Massachusetts coast, especially Stellwagen Bank and Jeffreys Ledge. They conduct field research from their research vessel Silver II, and from public whale watch boats.

The Whale Center is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.