Saturday, June 20, 2020

New England Legends

New England Legends is on a mission to chronicle every legend in New England one story and one week at a time. They are doing this through their weekly podcast which has garnered over 2 million downloads in 79 different countries, their Emmy-nominated television series on PBS and Amazon Prime, and through their super-secret Facebook group. Check their site out!

If we’re to believe the history books, folklore, and thousands of eyewitnesses over the last few centuries, New England is full of ghosts, monsters, and other mysteries that are more than just campfire tales. New England Legends on PBS follows adventurer, author, and New England native Jeff Belanger as he explores these many tales around New England.

A legend is a living, breathing thing. These aren’t just campfire tales. These legends define who we are as a people, a community, and a region.

New England Legends will explore the great stories from the fringe throughout Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.

With no big budgets or networks backing them, four guys with a passion for these great legends got together to produce New England Legends.

The show began airing October 31, 2013 on WGBY in Springfield, Massachusetts, since then Vermont PBS, and Rhode Island PBS have also aired our episodes. In 2017, the episodes also became available on Amazon Prime.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

New England Home Magazine

New England Home is dedicated to showcasing the unique architecture, design, and building that defines the luxury home in New England. From urban lofts to mountain retreats, from oceanfront compounds to suburban estates, New England Home celebrates the very best of living in New England.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Forgotten New England

Forgotten New England is history that recreates the world of our ancestors, as they lived it, with all the dirt, sweat, worries, fears, dreams, and fascinations that consumed them.

From their website:
As we move through 2018, Forgotten New England (FNE) is nearing its seventh anniversary and has surpassed 2,500 followers. I’ve just redesigned this space, for the first time since 2012, to reflect the new reality of FNE, as my work on writing local and regional history, culture, and tourism expands beyond this site.
I’ll continue to update FNE, and keep you posted on when to watch for upcoming features and articles in regional magazines. I’ve also updated the site to allow for the posting of more photography.

Friday, February 09, 2018

New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance

New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance (NECWA) is a non-profit environmental organization based in southeastern Massachusetts. NECWA is an all-volunteer organization that is dedicated to the protection and conservation of marine wildlife that lives and feeds in the coastal waters of the Gulf of Maine.

NECWA focuses on local issues in the New England area and collaborates with various private, government and non-government organizations to achieve its many goals. Through our research projects and educational outreach activities, we work to protect the whales, dolphins, seabirds, seals, basking sharks, ocean sunfish and the other unique coastal marine wildlife off New England.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

New England News Collaborative

The New England News Collaborative is telling stories of our connected and rapidly changing region.

The NENC is an eight-station consortium of public media newsrooms. Their multimedia coverage delves into energy usage, climate, transportation, infrastructure, and stories of people and immigration affecting the region.

NEXT is a weekly radio show and podcast about New England, one of America's oldest places, at a time of change. It's hosted by John Dankosky at WNPR in Hartford, Connecticut.

Get all episodes of NEXT here!

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Farm to Institution New England

Farm to Institution New England is a six-state network of nonprofit, public and private entities working together to transform our food system by increasing the amount of good, local food served in our region’s schools, hospitals, colleges and other institutions. The FINE network consists of non-profit organizations, government agencies, institutions, foundations, farms, food distributors, food processors, foodservice operators, and others.

Monday, February 27, 2017

New England Network

New England Network (, is a multi-portal website designed to be the ultimate online resource for the New England region offering original expert content on New England travel, lifestyle, food, the best events and so much more. Published by Yankee Magazine, the website features the most authoritative and respected voices on the New England lifestyle, and its community of contributing writers, bloggers, photographers and local experts embedded throughout the region. In addition to featuring original content, also serves as the new online home for Yankee Magazine. Yankee subscribers have web access to every article from the current issue in addition to 10 years’ worth of archives. Non-subscribers can access a limited number of articles every month for free. The New England Network features four additional portals offering specific areas of interest for everyone: New England Today (a daily section featuring original articles), New England Traveler (the ultimate travel directory for readers to discover the best places to eat, stay and shop), New England Planner (a comprehensive events calendar), and New England Guides (downloadable free guides about dozens of topics, such as best seafood recipes and best vacations).

Friday, June 10, 2016

New England's Natural Bridge

New England's Natural Bridge is a Massachusetts state park located in North Adams, Massachusetts, in the northwestern part of the state. Its natural bridge arches over a roaring brook -- carved out over the course of 500 million years by glacial meltwater -- to form the only natural white marble bridge in North America. IT'S MARBLEOUS!!

Formerly the site of a marble quarry (1810-1947), and then a privately-owned tourist attraction (1951-1983), the site became a state park in 1985, to preserve its unique geologic features. The arch, and its associated marble block dam, and quarry have long been the hidden attraction in this old mill town. And it had garnered the attention of photographers, artists, and writers; including Nathaniel Hawthorne, who, in 1838, wrote of his visits in his book, Passages from the American Notebooks of Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Monday, January 25, 2016

New England Wooden Ware

A traditional New England company with modern capabilities. New England Wooden Ware. Corrugated containers and displays. Litho-laminated packaging.

Monday, June 16, 2014

New England Review

The New England Review publishes new fiction, poetry, and nonfiction that is both challenging and inviting, while encouraging artistic exchange and thought-provoking innovation, providing publishing opportunities for writers at all stages in their careers.

The selection of writings in each issue presents a broad spectrum of viewpoints and genres, including traditional and experimental fiction, long and short poems, translations, criticism, letters from abroad, reviews in arts and literature, and rediscoveries. New England Review exists in a place apart from mass culture, where speed and information overload are the norm. At NER, serious writing is given serious attention, from the painstaking selection process through careful editing and publication, where finally the writer’s words meet up with a curious and dedicated readership.

Friday, May 23, 2014

New England Aquarium

The New England Aquarium, which opened in 1969, is a global leader in ocean exploration and marine conservation. The Aquarium is one of the premier visitor attractions in Boston, with over 1.3 million visitors a year, and a major public education resource.

The Aquarium is redefining what it means to be an aquarium: combining education, entertainment and action to address the most challenging problems facing the ocean. Through a wide variety of educational programs and conservation initiatives, we make a lasting impact globally.

Monday, March 19, 2012

New England National Scenic Trail

The New England National Scenic Trail (NET) is a 215-mile trail route that has been in existence for over half a century. It travels through 39 communities in Connecticut and Massachusetts. The NET is comprised primarily of the historic Metacomet, Monadnock and Mattabesett (M-M-M) Trails. Since federal designation in 2009, there have been some noteworthy changes to the historic route, inclulding an extension to Long Island Sound in Connecticut and a deviation from a portion from the historic Metacomet-Monadnock Trail in Massachusetts. The route features classic New England landscape features: long distance vistas with rural towns as a backdrop, agrarian lands, unfragmented forests, and large river valleys. The trail also travels through important Native American and colonial historical landmarks and highlights a range of diverse ecosystems and natural resources–traprock ridges, mountain summits, forested glades, vernal pools, lakes, streams and waterfalls.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

New England Cable News

New England Cable News (NECN) is a regional 24-hour cable news television network owned and operated by NBCUniversal serving the New England region of the United States.

New England Cable News
160 Wells Avenue
Newton, MA 02459
Telephone: (617) 630-5000
Fax: (617) 630-5055

You can email tips or story information to

Thursday, January 12, 2012

New England Board Game

New England Board Game

Publishers: Goldsieber and Uberplay

Designers: Alan R. Moon and Aaron Weissblum

Artist: Franz Vohwinkel

Year Published: 2003

A Family Game of Strategy & Tactics for 3-4 players, 12 and up

New England 1621. You and your family step off the Mayflower tingling with excitement. But this New World brings many challenges to survival...the winner is the one who can achieve the greatest prosperity in colonial New England.


  • 1 Game Board
  • 72 Tiles
  • 65 Playing Cards
  • 10 Bidding Chips
  • 1 Starting Player Marker
  • 4 Marking Stones
  • 60 Money Chips
  • 1 Bag
  • 1 Game Overview & 1Set of Game Rules

By Alan R. Moon and Aaron Weissblum

Players: 3-4
Playtime: 60-90 minutes
Ages: 12+

More information at the following link:

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Art New England

Art New England has been the premier contemporary arts publication for over a quarter century, engaging its readers with critical insight into the exhibitions, artists, trends, and controversies affecting the New England art scene today. Dedicated to providing coverage of regional artists working in both local and international settings, Art New England continues to enhance the ongoing discourse between those connected by their love of art and culture.



Main Line: (617) 259-1040
Advertising: (617) 259-1035
Editorial: (617) 259-1034
Subscription inquiries: (800) 783-4903

Art New England
332 Congress Street
Suite 2
Boston, MA 02210


Saturday, April 09, 2011

Music Museum of New England

To preserve, honor and showcase New England's musical heritage.

The Music Museum of New England website is a work in progress -- to build an extensive online archive aggregating all kinds of material, written and multimedia, about New England’s musical heritage. They’ll be continually adding new information, images, and audio and video clips. They’ll also link you to the many other relevant sites out there on the Web.

The Music Museum Of New England, Inc. is a non-profit organization.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

New England Comics

New England Comics is a comic book retail chain and publisher headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts, USA.

They are known for publishing The Tick comic books.

They have locations in Quincy, Allston, Brookline, Brockton, Cambridge, Malden, New Bedford and Norwood, Massachusetts.

Follow New England Comics on Twitter:

Friday, December 18, 2009

Read Around New England!

Read Around New England, the website that brings readers and writers together at events hosted by independent booksellers.The idea is simple: build one website where booklovers can discover what's happening in independent bookstores all over New England.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Naturally New England

Exploring the natural world of New England

This blog is about exploring the natural world of New England. I am fascinated by all things in the natural world but my first love is birding. I hope these entries inform and entertain you. Most importantly I hope they motivate you to get out and enjoy the beauty and intricacy of our world, and perhaps to participate in protecting and preserving it for future generations.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

New England Gardener

New England Gardener is a blog from New England Cable News dedicated to helping you create the best possible garden this summer. Check back for ideas, tips and to watch the progress of our own plots, with posts from NECN staff from all across the station.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

New England Air Museum

The New England Air Museum is owned and operated by the Connecticut Aeronautical Historical Association, a private, non-profit educational institution organized in 1959. Located at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, the Museum is the largest aviation museum in New England. This educational organization is dedicated to preserving and presenting historically significant aircraft and related artifacts, engaging visitors through high-quality exhibits helping them to understand aviation technology and history and inspiring students through innovative and hands-on educational programs.

Monday, December 29, 2008

New England Science Fiction Association, Inc.

NESFA, founded in 1967, is one of the oldest science fiction clubs in New England.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

New England Craft Fairs and Shows

New England Craft Fairs and Shows will be your gateway to New Englands best Artists and Craftsmen. The site will list craft shows and fairs in Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, NH and Rhode Island. They will promote a crafter of the month, eventually one from each state, new england craft fairs will feature newsletters with many helpful hints for both craftsmen and their great customers. Their online craft shows will include many craftsmen who you have never seen before. Crafts may be bought on the net and shipped to your home or business or ordered and picked up at a craft show. Specify what you need and it will be ready for you.

They plan to have a full service site for all their customers and crafters including items that artists and crafters may purchase wholesale or below retail for their business.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

New England Climate Coalition

The New England Climate Coalition is a group of over 150 state, local, regional and national environmental, public health, municipal and religious organizations dedicated to achieving global warming pollution reductions in the region.

They are working to:
• ensure the northeast governors develop a strong cap on power plant global warming pollution through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (;
• hold the New England Governors accountable to their 2001 commitment to cut global warming pollution in the region 10% by 2020 and 75% over the long term; and
• build support for the region to adopt policies that reduce global warming pollution from the transportation sector, which is the biggest and fastest growing source of pollution in the region.

Take Action

Legislators, governors and regulators across the region are discussing, debating and deciding about global warming policy right now. Make sure your voice is heard! Visit their website to learn what you can do to help.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

New England Wild Flower Society

New England Wild Flower Society is the oldest plant conservation organization in the United States. Promoting conservation of temperate North American plants through education, research, horticulture, habitat preservation, and advocacy. They are recognized nationally as one of the nation's leading plant conservation organizations.

The founders of New England Wild Flower Society had a compelling vision - a plant conservation society that would protect our native flora. Because of the New England Wild Flower Society, the native plants of New England are better protected and more appreciated than ever before.

Friday, December 28, 2007

New England Folk Network

The New England Folk Network was created in May 2007, out of a desire to connect New England regional folk performers and venues with each other, and to provide the public with a set of resources so that they may better support these artists and venues.

Friday, October 19, 2007

New England United

New England United Regional Mobilization

On Saturday, October 27th, people from all walks of life will gather in Boston for a massive New England regional demonstration, part of a nationally coordinated day of protest against the war in Iraq called by United for Peace and Justice. Regional demonstrations will be held in 11 cities around the country. The New England event will start with a rally at the Boston Common bandstand starting at Noon, followed by a march to Copley Square from 2:00 to 3:00 PM.

Organizations across the region are working to build the October 27th mobilization. Please join us! We the People must end this war! Together we can build a social movement that can stop this war and shift the political agenda in this country to further global justice and fund human needs.

Bring All The Troops Home Now!
End All Funding for the Iraq War Now!
Support Our Communities, Fund Human Needs!
No Attack on Iran!
Stop the Attacks on Civil Liberties, Defend Human Rights!

Friday, October 05, 2007


The Dialects of Northern New England

They examine dialect variation in New Hampshire, Vermont, and the bordering region of Quebec, looking particularly at variation that can be attributed to patterns of migration of various ethnic groups.

Describing the dialects of Northern New England

The Boston accent is among the most well-known in America, and the most frequently mentioned aspects of it are "dropped R's" and the fronted vowel in phrases like park the car. Very little scholarly research about the dialects of Massachusetts and New Hampshire has been published since the Linguistic Atlas of New England in the 1930's.



The Columbia Guide to Standard American English.


New England Algonquian Language Revival
A series of articles by Dr. Frank Waabu O'Brien, Aquidneck Indian Council


The Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas


A List of Words That are Unique to New England


New England phonology


Friday, September 21, 2007

New England Foundation for the Arts

New England Foundation for the Arts

They creatively support the movement of people, ideas, and resources in the arts within New England and beyond, make vital connections between artists and audiences, and build the strength, knowledge, and leadership of the region's creative sector.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Cheshire's Freedom Cheese

On this day in 1801, the Berkshire County town of Cheshire in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, made a 1235-pound ball of cheese and shipped it to Washington, D.C. as a gift for the newly-elected President, Thomas Jefferson, who was a popular figure in western Massachusetts. When news of the "mammoth cheese" reached the eastern part of the state, it caused consternation. Jefferson had won the presidency by defeating John Adams, Massachusetts' native son. Westerners were more in sympathy with Jefferson's vision of a nation of independent yeoman farmers than they were with the strong central government advocated by Adams and his supporters in the Federalist Party. Cheshire's cheese was a sign of the tensions over ideology, economics, and politics that long divided the state's eastern and western regions.

As the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities writes:

"When news of the "mammoth cheese" reached the eastern part of the state, it caused consternation. Jefferson had won the presidency by defeating John Adams, Massachusetts' native son. Westerners were more in sympathy with Jefferson's vision of a nation of independent yeoman farmers than they were with the strong central government advocated by Adams and his supporters in the Federalist Party. Cheshire's cheese was a sign of the tensions over ideology, economics, and politics that long divided the state's eastern and western regions."

As Bob from Blue Mass Group writes:

"Strong central government," is an understatement. Adams was locked in a bitter partisan battle to hold on to power. To help win, he supervised passage of some of the most repressive legislation ever approved by the Congress, including the Sedition Act, which said anyone, "opposing or resisting any law of the United States, or any act of the President of the United States," could be imprisoned for up to two years. The Act also made it illegal to, "write, print, utter, or publish," anything critical of the president or Congress. The gambit backfired. Jefferson's campaign slogan was pointed: "Jefferson and Liberty." The repressive legislation was vigorously criticized by the bloggers of the day. When the opposition won the election, many called the event the Revolution of 1800.

A salute to the good people of Cheshire and western Massachusetts and their giant ball of, dare I write it, Freedom Cheese."

Mass Moments

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Faneuil Hall Boston, the Cradle of Liberty.

May 25, 1742, the grasshopper weather vane was built by master craftsman Shem Drowne.
Faneuil Hall Boston, the Cradle of Liberty, has a greater historical interest than any other building in the United States, save Independence Hall in Philadelphia. It was built at the expense of Peter Faneuil, a wealthy merchant of French descent, and given by him to the town. The building was completed in September 1742, with the people voting that it be called 'Faneuil Hall'.
Faneuil Hall, near the waterfront and today's Government Center, in Boston, Massachusetts, has been a marketplace and a meeting hall since 1742. It was the site of several speeches by Samuel Adams, James Otis, and others encouraging independence from Great Britain, and is now part of Boston National Historical Park and a well known stop on the Freedom Trail.
In 1768, Thomas Drowne inserts the following note inside a copper container in the grasshopper's vest or stomach area: The headline reads "Food for the Grasshopper" and the note continues "Shem Drowne made it, May 25, 1742. To my brethren and fellow grasshoppers, Fell in ye year 1753 (1755) Nov. 13, early in ye morning by a great earthquake by my old Master above. Again, like to have met with Utter Ruin by Fire, by hopping Timely from my Public Station, came of the broken bones and much Bruised. Cured and Fixed. Old Master's son Thomas Drowne June 28, 1768, and Though I will promise to Discharge my office, yet I shall vary as ye wind."
During the American Revolutionary War, a challenge issued by Colonial soldiers was: "What sits atop Faneuil Hall?" If the swift reply were not, "Why, the grasshopper, of course", there would be trouble.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War

Mayflower : A Story of Courage, Community, and War
I thought I knew about the voyage of the Mayflower, But when I started to explore what happened when an old leaky ship arrived off the coast of New England in the fall of 1620, I soon realized that I, along with most Americans, knew nothing at all about the real people with whom the story of our country begins.

The oft-told tale of how the Pilgrims and the Indians celebrated the First Thanksgiving does not do justice to the history of the Plymouth Colony. Instead of an inspiring tableau of tranquil cooperation, the Pilgrims’ first half-century in America was more of a passion play in which vibrant, tragic, self-serving and heroic figures struggled to preserve a precarious peace -- until that peace erupted into one of the deadliest wars ever fought on American soil. The English fatalities were catastrophic, but the rebelling Indians were virtually obliterated as a people. The promise of the First Thanksgiving had given way to the horror of total war.

A hundred years before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, this culminating event – King Philip’s War – brought into disturbing focus the issues of race, violence, religious identity, and economic opportunity that came to define America’s inexorable push west. But as the Pilgrims came to understand, war was not inevitable. It would be left to their children and grandchildren to discover the terrifying enormity of what is lost when two peoples give up on the difficult work of living together.

More than 375 years later, in a world that is growing more complicated and dangerous by the day, the story of the Mayflower still has much to teach us

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Cornucopia Beverages acquires Moxie Brand

Cornucopia Beverages acquires Moxie Brand, March 21, 2007

Cornucopia Beverages, a subsidiary of the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England Inc., has acquired the rights to the Moxie brand from the Monarch Beverage Company for an undisclosed sum. The deal includes all brands, including Moxie Energy Drink, Diet Moxie and the Moxie flagship.

Moxie is one of the oldest continually produced soft drinks in the United States, developed in 1884. In 2005, Moxie became the Official State Soft Drink of Maine. Moxie has entered the American vernacular, coming to mean ÔøΩskillful and spirited.ÔøΩ

While Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England currently sells approximately seventy-five percent of the worldÔøΩs Moxie, Cornucopia is excited about the opportunity to grow and expand with an established brand.


Moxie, same taste, new owner
New Hampshire Union Leader Staff April 6, 2007

Cornucopia Beverages, a unit of Bedford-based Coca-Cola Co. of Northern New England Inc., has acquired the Moxie brand from Atlanta-based Monarch Beverage Co. Terms were undisclosed.
Cornucopia previously bottled Moxie under license from Monarch.

"There's really nothing to compare it to. It's not a cola, and it's not a root beer; it's its own little niche," Moxie brand manager Justin Conroy said in a telephone interview.

Conroy said no immediate changes are planned as a result of the brand purchase.

Last year, the Moxie brand sold about 450,000 192-ounce cases, equivalent to 7.2 million 12-ounce cans.

The drink is bottled in Londonderry, N.H., Worcester, Mass., and Catawissa, Pa. Conroy said 75 percent of production ships from Londonderry.

Tracing its roots to Maine-born Dr. Augustin Thompson, Moxie was first marketed as a carbonated soft drink in 1884. Today, the soft drink is available in regular, diet and energy drink versions. It is Maine's office state soft drink. The Moxie page on the Monarch Beverage Co. Web site states that Moxie was first marketed in 1876 as a medicine.

The word moxie has come to mean energy, or pep, in common usage.

Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Northern New England Inc. is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Kirin Brewery Co. Ltd. The firm bottles Coca-Cola brands under authority of the Coca-Cola company and also has license rights for Cadbury Schweppes brands, Dr. Pepper, Sunkist and Canada Dry.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

New England's largest indoor botanical center opens in Providence

New England's largest indoor botanical center opens in Providence

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island -- New England's largest indoor public display garden has opened here in a historic park, and officials expect it to become a regional center for learning about plants as well as a top attraction for visitors.
The glass-walled Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, which opened March 2, offers a tropical garden, an orchid garden, and a Mediterranean room with a collection of citrus trees. Fountains and ponds dot the landscape.
But its real draw on a day when cold rain was flooding the streets of Providence was the lush green and warm interior, filled with fragrant and unusual plants.
"It's plush. It's beautiful," said Susan Ainsworth, a retired school teacher. "It's lovely to be in here on this otherwise dreary day."
Her friend, Karen Asher, the president of the Rhode Island Wild Plant Society, described herself as "plant-obsessed."

"It's fun to see all these tropical plants," Asher said. "It's like this little fantasy land in here. You could pretend you're in Hawaii."
The center has 12,000 square feet (1,115 square meters) of space and rotating horticultural displays. The plants are in two glass structures connected by an enclosed hallway. The collection includes 40-year-old cacti, a fragrant jasmine plant and a bog that contains carnivorous plants, such as pitcher plants, some with 6-inch long "pitchers" to trap prey.
"There is one so big that it can trap and consume a rat," said Jo-Ann Bouley, educational program manager at the center.

Roger Williams Park, named for the city's 17th-century founder, also has a zoo and a carousel on its 430 acres (174 hectares). The landscaped Victorian-era park already attracts more than 2 million visitors a year, and Providence Mayor David Cicilline said in a statement that he expects the new botanical center will become a destination on its own and "attract visitors to Providence from throughout the Northeast."
The botanical center also has two classrooms and will offer gardening and composting classes provided by the University of Rhode Island.

The project cost $7.7 million to build, and was funded by state, federal and city government, as well as a $1 million grant from the Champlin Foundations. Keith Lang, executive director of the independent foundation, said it adds to the green space at the park and bolsters its educational offerings.
"I think the thing that really attracted us was the educational component," he said. "This was an aesthetically pleasant place to be. But at the same time, it was going to involve a lot of people in getting to know the environment."
Allison Barrett, a science teacher in Providence, came with her 5-year-old grandson Wilson Jensen. "I was thinking next fall, I'd bring my students," she said.
An educator and artist, Raffini (who goes by just one name), said she also planned to bring her students here as they learn about plants and launch a project to plant a garden they can use to grow their own food. But she said she also wants to come on her own.
"I'm loving it. I'm loving all the tropical plants," she said. "We can come here and chill out." (AP)
March 29, 2007

Roger Williams Park Botanical Center

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

‘North By Northeast’ Exhibit Delivers 500 Years Of New England Maps

Deerfield, Mass.:Historic Deerfield will kick off its 55th season with its first exhibition to focus on maps, titled "North by Northeast: Five Centuries of New England Maps," opening Saturday, March 31. Visitors will gain access to a world-class collection of antique maps and mapmaking equipment spanning the period 1540 to 1918, including 19 important maps on loan from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. The show will be on view in the Flynt Center of Early New England Life to August 12.

"Every map tells a story," said David Bosse, Historic Deerfield's librarian and guest curator of the exhibition. "A goal of the exhibition is to provide greater awareness of the biases and perspectives found in most maps, since they are always a product of their time — embodying the political, cultural and economic views of their makers."

The name "New England" was first applied to the region by Captain John Smith in his cornerstone map originally published in A Description of New England (London, 1616). While Smith's may be the most significant map in the exhibition, other cartographic highlights include the so-called "beaver map" by Herman Moll (London, 1735), a rare American map of the seat of war near Boston published during the American Revolution and a unique proof copy of Edward Hitchcock's 1834 geological map of Massachusetts — the first published for any American state.
In addition to approximately 50 printed and manuscript maps, "North by Northeast" will also offer portraits, surveyors' compasses, globes, reverse paintings on glass, powder horns, landscape views, printed diagrams and an orrery — a mechanical device used to illustrate the orbit of the earth and the moon.

"The exhibition is organized around eight themes, including mapmaking and map production," said Bosse. "This allows us to include some very interesting objects in addition to the maps themselves. The other themes include defining New England; geographical literacy and learning; the politics of cartography; thematic and special purpose maps; the manmade landscape; cartography and conflict; and the elements of style: design and iconography."
"The exhibition provides the opportunity to focus programs on maps and mapmaking," said Amanda Rivera Lopez, director of museum education at Historic Deerfield. "On weekends in April and during school vacation week, families will discover hands-on activities related to the use and creation of maps."

"North by Northeast" draws on the cartographic collections of several institutions. These include the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Amherst College Archives & Special Collections, Connecticut Historical Society Library, Harvard Map Collection of Harvard University, Mount Holyoke College Archives & Special Collections, the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at Boston Public Library, the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association Library, Mortimer Rare Book Room at Smith College, the Hatfield Historical Society, private collections and Historic Deerfield.
For information, 413-775-7214 or .

Friday, January 26, 2007



Jan. 19, 2007 — NOAA is evaluating Quonset Point/Davisville, R.I., as the future homeport of the Okeanos Explorer—the nation’s first federal ship dedicated solely to ocean exploration—as part of an environmental assessment to be completed this spring.

“Okeanos Explorer will break the mold for the way the nation conducts at-sea research in the future. We have better maps of Mars and the far side of the moon than of the deep and remote regions of Earth,” said retired Navy Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher Jr., Ph.D., undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “Senator Reed and Governor Carcieri have been outspoken champions of the oceans. Their support combined with the wealth of academic and oceanographic institutions in New England would lead to many exciting collaborations in ocean exploration.

The Okeanos Explorer is a former Navy surveillance ship (USS Capable) that was transferred to NOAA in 2004 with the bipartisan support of Congress. The full conversion is expected to be complete in the spring of 2008. The ship will conduct research and discovery expeditions in support of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration. Using sophisticated ocean mapping, deepwater remote-operated vehicles, and real-time data transmission, the ship will unlock clues to the world’s oceans—of which 95 percent remains unexplored.

Quonset Point/Davisville is in close proximity to many labs and universities associated with the ship’s ocean exploration mission. The site was identified as best able to facilitate and enhance critical ocean research partnerships and to spur technological innovation in ocean research. Homeporting Okeanos Explorer at Quonset Point/Davisville also would support NOAA’s efforts to increase regional collaboration, leverage existing resources of NOAA and its partners, and generate an observational capacity greater than the sum of its parts.

Quonset Point/Davisville also is in close proximity to a new telecommunications center to be constructed on the University of Rhode Island’s Narragansett campus. Called the Inner Space Center, it will be the ocean equivalent to NASA’s space command center in Houston, Texas. The Inner Space Center would be able to link to Okeanos Explorer via a high bandwidth satellite system and make it possible for scientists and educators to participate in ocean exploration cruises real-time without ever stepping foot on the ship.

“I am pleased NOAA has identified Quonset Point/Davisville as an ideal place to homeport Okeanos Explorer. This is an exciting announcement for Rhode Island and the field of ocean exploration,” said Senator Jack Reed. “Rhode Islanders value the ocean. It shapes our culture, economy and the health of our planet. URI and other local institutions are at the forefront of studying and exploring our oceans. Their unique academic and communications resources will significantly enhance the value of Okeanos.”

"I'm very pleased that NOAA has agreed to seriously consider basing the Okeanos Explorer in the Ocean State," Rhode Island Governor Donald L. Carcieri said. "I have long argued that Rhode Island can and should be one of America's leading centers of oceanic research. To further that goal, I worked with Senator Reed and Admiral Lautenbacher to bring the Okeanos Explorer to Rhode Island. Doing so will enable our state to build on the research capacity we've already developed at URI, while also exploiting the potential of Quonset Point/Davisville as a launching point for exploring the ocean's untapped and largely unknown resources. I especially want to thank NOAA and Admiral Lautenbacher for recognizing Rhode Island's potential."

“It would be very fitting for the Ocean State to serve as the homeport for the first NOAA ship focused exclusively on ocean exploration,” said Rear Admiral Samuel P. De Bow Jr., director of the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps and the NOAA Office of Marine and Aviation Operations, which manages the NOAA fleet.

A team of oceanographers from across the country are already helping to plan the ship’s first voyage of exploration that will be launched from Hawaii in 2008 to explore the Pacific Ocean, the world’s largest and least explored ocean.

As part of the NOAA fleet, Okeanos Explorer will be operated, managed and maintained by the NOAA Office of Marine and Aviation Operations. Its crew will consist of technical specialists, wage mariners, scientists, and commissioned officers of the NOAA Corps—the nation’s seventh uniformed service. The Corps is composed of scientists and engineers who provide NOAA with an important blend of operational, management and technical skills that support the agency’s environmental programs at sea, in the air and ashore. A NOAA Corps officer will command Okeanos Explorer.

NOAA, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, is celebrating 200 years of science and service to the nation. From the establishment of the Survey of the Coast in 1807 by Thomas Jefferson to the formation of the Weather Bureau and the Bureau of Commercial Fisheries in the 1870s, much of America's scientific heritage is rooted in NOAA. NOAA is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and information service delivery for transportation, and by providing environmental stewardship of the nation's coastal and marine resources. Through the emerging Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), NOAA is working with its federal partners, more than 60 countries and the European Commission to develop a global monitoring network that is as integrated as the planet it observes, predicts and protects.

Relevant Web SitesOkeanos Explorer Conversion

NOAA Office of Marine and Aviation Operations

NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps

Media Contact:Jeanne Kouhestani, NOAA Office of Marine and Aviation Operations, (301) 713-7693


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.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Link to New England Pride!

These sites have!

The New England Rogue Journal

The Heart of New England


BlogShares! (A fantasy stock market on-line game)

New England t-Shirt Company

New England Books

New England Books
New England History, Regional Histories, Life in New England, Colonial New England, and Puritans. From Broad View Books website.

The New England Booksellers Association is the trade association for the retail book industry in New England. Serving independent booksellers in our region for twenty-eight years, NEBA has 650 members representing over 400 bookstores.

"Imagining New England: Explorations of Regional Identity from the Pilgrims to the Mid-Twentieth Century," by Joseph A. Conforti. University of North Carolina Press (2001)
ISBN: 0807826251

"Writing New England: An Anthology from the Puritans to the Present," Edited by Andrew Delbanco. Belknap Press (2001)
ISBN: 0674006038

Tuesday, December 20, 2005


The New England General Store Here they're offering a few of the items available in their full catalog. Check out the Maine Buoy Bells, Candles, Candies & Crackers, Jams & Jellies and Maple Products! Retail Location: Cole's Corner, US Route 1, Wells, Maine

Gifts of New England, founded in 2000 in Massachusetts, the heart of New England, is a site devoted exclusively to "Uniquely New England" products, especially the "icons" of New England.

Find a Farmers Market in Your State

Great Cheeses of New England :
Where can I buy the Great Cheeses of New England?
Directly From the Cheesemakers
Foodservice Distributors
Specialty Stores:
Retail Distibutors
Major Chain Stores
Specialty Distributors
Independent Retailers
Web Retailers

The Maine Made Web site is an organizational tool that brings Maine businesses together by providing an active, functional forum.

Massachusetts Bay Trading Co. is dedicated to promoting the rich heritage of Massachusetts and the quality of the products originating here. We have carefully selected a cross section of items that embody the quality and diversity for which the state is renowned.

New Hampshire Stories, Inc. is a non-profit membership organization committed to increasing the sales of New Hampshire-made products and services by utilizing the power of a New Hampshire brand identity program

New England Artisans Studio is where crafts persons/artisans from throughout New England have the opportunity to present their creations. The artisans found within our pages range from holiday-time kitchen-table hobbyists to full-scale full-time businesses.

Pelle Dolce Soaps. What began as a hobby, handcrafting extra special soaps in her kitchen at home, has become a passion. "Made in New England used around the world"


Friday, December 16, 2005

The Boston Tea Party

In 1773 Parliament had passed the Tea Act. By reducing the tax on imported British tea, this act gave British merchants an unfair advantage in selling their tea in America. American colonists condemned the act, and many planned to boycott tea.

The result? The Boston Tea Party.

When British tea ships arrived in Boston harbor, many citizens wanted the tea sent back to England without the payment of any taxes. The royal governor insisted on payment of all taxes. On this day in 1773 (December 16), about 50 members of the political organization called the 'Sons of Liberty,' dressed (not very convincingly) as Mohawk Indians. Three ships - the Dartmouth, the Eleanor and the Beaver - were loaded with hundreds of crates of tea. The men,in a very orderly and quiet fashion, boarded the ships and began destroying the cargo. By 9:00 PM they had smashed 342 crates of tea in all three ships and had thrown them into Boston Harbor.

More can be learned of this event at the Boston Tea Party Historical Society, a private, non-profit educational and cultural organization established in 1996 to preserve and share the Boston Tea Party history. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of the Boston Tea Party through an interactive website and publishing.

Where Was the Actual Boston Tea Party Site?

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

New England History

Links to on-line books about New England History.

VOLUME I. Nec mihi materiam [natalis terra] negabat, Et pius est patrive facta referre labor. BOSTON: LITTLE, BROWN, AND COMPANY. 1859.

History of the United States of America, by Henry William Elson, The MacMillan Company, New York, 1904.
-- Online Book in progressA mirror site of this book has been graciously provided by Founding Fathers - another excellent resource for early American history.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

New England Public Policy Center

The New England Public Policy Center is dedicated to enhancing access to high-quality analysis on economic and public policy issues that affect the region.

NEPPC was established by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston in January 2005. The Boston Fed has provided support to the public policy community of New England for many years; NEPPC institutionalizes and expands on this tradition.