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. […]

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 […]

6 06, 2016

2016 Emmy Award Winner

By | Monday, June 6, 2016|Recent News|


Emmy PhotoThe Folklorist is the proud recipient of two 2016 Boston/New England Emmy® Awards! Our team at NewTV is honored to be recognized by this prestigious group for the fifth consecutive year.

Producers/Directors Angela Harrer and Andrew Eldridge, […]

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 […]

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 […]

10 05, 2016

2016 Telly Award Winner

By | Tuesday, May 10, 2016|Recent News|


telly-awards-featureWe’re pleased to announce that The Folklorist has just won three 2016 Telly Awards for Television Program – Entertainment, Television Program – History/Biography, as well as the 2016 People’s Telly Award […]

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 […]

29 04, 2016

2016 Communicator Award Winner

By | Friday, April 29, 2016|Recent News|


We are pleased to announce that The Folklorist has received two 2016 Communicator Awards: The Gold Communicator Award of Excellence for “Film/Video – Entertainment,” as well as the Silver Communicator Award of Distinction for “Film/Video – History/Biography.”

Thank you to all of our actors, actresses, production assistants […]