14 04, 2016

Boston’s Skinny House

By | Thursday, April 14, 2016|Hidden History Blog|

 

There is a very narrow townhouse hidden in the heart of Boston’s North End at 44 Hull Street. The “Skinny House” is four stories tall and its widest point measures a scarce 10.4 feet. Also known as the “Spite House,” […]

25 03, 2016

Easter Traditions

By | Friday, March 25, 2016|Hidden History Blog|

 

“Here comes Peter Cottontail, Hoppin’ down the bunny trail, Hippity, hoppity, Easter’s on its way.”

There’s no mention of a rabbit that produced eggs in the Bible, so why do so many of our Easter traditions use these symbols to celebrate? […]

18 03, 2016

Leprechauns

By | Friday, March 18, 2016|Hidden History Blog|

 

St. Patrick’s day, also know as the Feast of Saint Patrick, is a religious remembrance of the saint and all his work for the people of Ireland. But, over the years, we’ve acquired some fun superstitions and traditions when it […]

4 03, 2016

Richard Bourne vs. The Devil

By | Friday, March 4, 2016|Hidden History Blog|

 

“In the 1600s, an English missionary named Richard Bourne was living on the southern part of Cape 433d74f828fc37a944d34393b2dc8b1dCod, doing God’s work in the New World. Naturally, he drew the fury of the […]

26 02, 2016

Salad Days

By | Friday, February 26, 2016|Hidden History Blog|

 

queen-elizabeth-horrified-2“Salad Days” – This commonly used phrase was taken from Shakespeare’s play “Anthony and Cleopatra” Act 1 Scene 5. Cleopatra refers back to the time when she was young, bold, and often […]

22 02, 2016

Black History Month

By | Monday, February 22, 2016|Hidden History Blog|

 

In honor of Black History Month, we remind you of the struggle our country has with inequality. In her own fight against injustice, Elizabeth Jennings faced discrimination on her way to church in 1854 and started a movement to end […]

1 02, 2016

Dungeon Rock

By | Monday, February 1, 2016|Hidden History Blog|

 

12604827_1090098637687454_8864260855678875033_oIn the summer of 1658 a pirate ship appeared in Lynn Harbor. Four pirates rowed to shore near the Saugus Iron Works, asking to purchase a supply of tools that was to […]

14 01, 2016

Happy New Year!

By | Thursday, January 14, 2016|Hidden History Blog|

 

Happy New Year! The first day of a year is filled with superstitions. It is believed around the world that whatever you do today will symbolically set the tone for the next twelve months. Some explain why we party, while […]

14 01, 2016

Mistletoe

By | Thursday, January 14, 2016|Hidden History Blog|

 

12377713_1065403186823666_6855269780284158784_oHave you ever wondered why we kiss under the mistletoe? The history of mistletoe is wide and varied, and the folklore behind it is even more so.
One of the more popular stories […]

9 11, 2015

Guy Fawkes Night

By | Monday, November 9, 2015|Hidden History Blog|

 

This week’s Folklore Friday:

Known as Guy Fawkes Night, Bonfire Night, Firework Night, Pope Day, or Gunpowder Treason Day, the 5th of November marks the anniversary of a failed attempt to kill the Protestant King James I in 1605. The first […]