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 […]

22 04, 2016

The Heroine of of Haverhill

By | Friday, April 22, 2016|Hidden History Blog|

 

On March 16, 1697, as Hannah Duston was resting after giving birth to her newest baby in Haverhill, MA, the Abenaki Indians raided the area. Her husband Thomas and their eight older children fled, leaving Hannah, her nurse Mary, and […]

15 04, 2016

Patriot’s Day

By | Friday, April 15, 2016|Hidden History Blog|

 

On April 19 1775, the battles of Lexington and Concord took place, igniting the Revolutionary War. British troops aimed to confiscate colonial weapons and were met with a group of 77 angry militiamen. The men, all of whom were untrained […]

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? […]

12 02, 2016

Knock On Wood

By | Friday, February 12, 2016|Hidden History Blog|

 

“I hope we don’t get another snow storm…knock on wood!”

You can probably imagine 99% of the population thinking or speaking these exact words in response to the horrible snow storm last year and the couple of inches we got this […]

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 […]

11 01, 2016

Knocker-Up

By | Monday, January 11, 2016|Hidden History Blog|

 

How did people wake up before alarm clocks? Well, during the Industrial Revolution in England and Ireland, one method was a “Knocker-up.” Knocker-ups were people who were paid to go around to houses and tap on doors or windows of […]

11 01, 2016

Captain David Morehouse

By | Monday, January 11, 2016|Hidden History Blog|

 

143 years ago today, Captain David Morehouse of the Dei Gratia found the American ship, the Mary Celeste, following an odd pattern off the coast of Portugal. He sent a 3-man search party on board, who returned with news that […]