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The When, Where, How, and Why of Our New Year’s Celebration – Shaghul Zagmuk!

New Year’s Eve is a celebration that most Americans participate in, yet very few understand the reasons why beyond ushering in a new year and a fresh start. When did this holiday come about? What were the first celebrations like? Is this a distinctly American or Western holiday? Do they celebrate it in Africa and Asia? Is there a religious …

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Of the Electoral Process, the City-State, and Faithless Electors

It’s hard to visit a news site lately and not come across the topic of the electoral process – a topic that was barely a blip prior to November 8th. By November 9th, it became the talk of nation and as of this writing, December 15th, it is still being ruminated over, debated and discussed…almost ad nauseum. Opponents decry that the …

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Thanksgiving Traditions and History; Of Settlers, Amerindians and Perspective

Ah, Thanksgiving. The time of year where family and friends re-unite to enjoy each other’s company, reconnect, and enjoy some delicious home-cooking. It also means the outbreak of dry, boring, and bland articles on the history of the holiday. Typically these articles cover the same old ground, try to creatively rehash the old material into something “new,” and even offer …

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Wampanoag Indian Tribe; from Wampanoag Confederacy to First Light Casino

The Wampanoag Indians still retain their customs and ways of life centuries later. (thinglink) Recently, the Wampanoag Indians have been in the headlines because of casino projects in Massachusetts. This has drummed up some interest in these First Peoples – who are they? How many are left and living in the state? Where do they live? Do they have their …

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The Legend of Destruction Brook

by Carissa Wills-DeMello Destruction Brook woods; an ancient glacially carved landscape covered by nearly 80 miles of trails, weaving through magical hardwood forests, swampy wetlands, serene vernal pools, and historic agricultural fields. It’s a place where local history and the timelessness of nature converge. One could wander through this reserve for hours, and marvel at the wild beauty of this …

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Who Remembers…Howdy Beef ‘N Burger?

In a previous “Who Remembers…?” we discussed Burger Chef. A number of people had mentioned another burger joint Howdy Beef n’ Burger. Having grown right here and not recalling Howdy Beef n’ Burger, I knew it was before my time. There are a LOT of “Who Remembers…?” that I would like to do – in fact, a number that would …

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Video: A look inside Fort Taber in New Bedford

We had a chance to film on the 2nd and third levels of Fort Taber in New Bedford during a living history camp on Saturday, May 7 as part of the continuing recognition of the Centennial Observance of World War I (1914 – 1918). The camp will be open, free to the public, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM each …

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Smith Brothers Inc., Brewery: From their 19th century start, surviving the Prohibition, into the 1950s

The city once had a fair number of breweries and distributors. (Spinner Publication)Yum. Beer. I can’t recall a time where there have been more breweries, microbreweries, or varieties. There is even, for the first time in history, such a thing as a beer snob. We’ve all run into that guy – the one who asks you what your favorite beers …

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New Bedford Streets; A Piece of Americana: Topham Street

The Topham Family are direct descendants of Mayflower pilgrims, John & Thomas Rogers, and John Alden. The Pilgrims Landing (Dr. Mike Haywood) Welcome to next installment in the New Bedford Streets; A Piece of Americana series. Previously we covered William Street, Kempton Street, Middle Street, Centre Street, Ashley Boulevard, Elm Street, Coggeshall Street, Mechanics Lane, Washburn Street and others. If …

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Seven Almost Forgotten School Devices

Here is another installment in our Who Remembers? series. You can browse previous articles by using the search bar on the right or by clicking here. These articles are strolls down memory lane. In some cases the buildings, but new businesses have replaced them. In other instances, the buildings or even the properties have been razed. Instead of a building, …

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