8 07, 2016

Boston Banned Christmas

By | Friday, July 8, 2016|Hidden History Blog|

 

Public NoticeThe beloved holiday of Christmas was once banned in our very own Boston. On May 11, 1659, Bay Colony’s general court stated:

“…It is therefore ordered by this court and the authority […]

1 07, 2016

The Declaration of Independence

By | Friday, July 1, 2016|Hidden History Blog|

 

The Fourth of July has long been celebrated as Independence Day in the United States, but did history get the date wrong? Legally speaking, the Thirteen Colonies separated from Great Britain on July 2, 1776, after the Second […]

24 06, 2016

Danvers State Insane Asylum

By | Friday, June 24, 2016|Hidden History Blog|

 

It not only inspired a movie called Session 9, but is well known for its hair-raising haunted stories. The Danvers State Insane Asylum opened up in 1878 in order to help accommodate mentally ill patients, as other hospitals were overflowing. […]

17 06, 2016

Gay Pride Month

By | Friday, June 17, 2016|Hidden History Blog|

 

This month is Gay Pride Month in the U.S. and Boston, MA is a huge epicenter for celebration, which is why all around the streets of Boston you can see rainbow flags flying on houses and professional buildings alike. This […]

10 06, 2016

The Paper House

By | Friday, June 10, 2016|Hidden History Blog|

 

Paper HouseIt all began as a hobby in Rockport, Massachusetts in 1922. The design: a house built with newspaper! The concept for the house was created by a mechanical engineer named Elis […]

3 06, 2016

Walter Summerford: Everything comes in threes, no wait fours?

By | Friday, June 3, 2016|Hidden History Blog|

 
Nature seems to play jokes on people, or simply just on Walter Summerford. It was 1918 when Summerford was riding across a battlefield in Belgium and was struck down by lightning, killing his horse and paralyzing him […]

27 05, 2016

Memorial Day Poppies

By | Friday, May 27, 2016|Hidden History Blog|

 

“We cherish too, the Poppy red that grows on fields were valor led, It seems to signal to the skies that blood of heroes never dies.” This Memorial Day themed poem was written by Moina Michael in 1915 in honor […]

20 05, 2016

Graduation Cap and Gown

By | Friday, May 20, 2016|Hidden History Blog|

 

As commencement week for college graduates has just passed, do you know what are the true meanings of the cap and gown?

In the 12th century, due to insufficient heating systems, students were forced to wear long robes to keep warm. […]

13 05, 2016

The Bearded Joseph Palmer

By | Friday, May 13, 2016|Hidden History Blog|

 

joseph-palmer-beard-e1382890338822In a graveyard in Leominster, Massachusetts you can find the grave of the infamously bearded Joseph Palmer. In the 1820s, Joseph had started sporting a very large beard even though he knew […]

29 04, 2016

Robert Cornelius

By | Friday, April 29, 2016|Hidden History Blog|

 

Long before Instagram and Facebook, back in 1839, Robert Cornelius snapped the very first selfie in history. While standing behind his family’s store yard in Philadelphia, he set up his camera to attempt […]