1918: Spanish Influenza invades Massachusetts

You could’ve easily missed the signs that Spanish Flu was coming back for a second wave at the end of summer in 1918. In mid-August, New York City had suffered a scare when a Norwegian steamship arrived in port with many suspected cases. Even before the city’s health department confirmed any cases of Spanish Flu…Read more 1918: Spanish Influenza invades Massachusetts

Old Group Photos: Someone Else’s Ancestors

Maybe you love to stare into the faces of those captured in long-ago photographs and search for a lost image of a long-dead ancestor.  Maybe you just like old photos. In our family, we’ve had an old group photograph from 1924 for … well, since it was taken in 1924.  The story behind the photograph…Read more Old Group Photos: Someone Else’s Ancestors

Lowell’s Early History, Hidden in Plain Sight.

Where would you find the site of Lowell's first kindergarten, first day nursery, first night school, and first foray into community education? Where would find one of the city's few buildings remaining from the 1820s? Would you go to one of the city's downtown parking garages? Probably not, but that's just where you'd see all…Read more Lowell’s Early History, Hidden in Plain Sight.

Henry David Thoreau, at 200: A Genius Old Sixpence whose Influence still Resonates Today

Whether you’re looking for inspiration for fighting an unjust government, evidence for climate change, or a role model for living a more deliberate life, all those roads can lead to Henry David Thoreau, born 200 years ago on July 12. Born in Concord, Thoreau had Merrimack Valley ties, living several years in Chelmsford as a…Read more Henry David Thoreau, at 200: A Genius Old Sixpence whose Influence still Resonates Today

Behind the White Fence: Lowell’s Poor Farm

It's no secret that Lowell of long ago was more rural, especially in its outskirts - which included the land where Cross Point, Showcase Cinema and Route 3 now sit today.  As you drive along Lowell's Route 110 East today (also known as Chelmsford Street), you'll cross into Lowell just before you pass under Route…Read more Behind the White Fence: Lowell’s Poor Farm

Groton’s Castle of Broken Dreams – Bancroft Castle on Gibbet Hill

As far as hiking trails go in Eastern Massachusetts, Groton's Gibbet Hill offers an interesting story, as well as spectacular views.  Pronounced "jib-bet" and meaning 'gallows,' the name for the hill off Groton's Route 40 comes from another hill in England and was named by Groton's English settlers when they first came to the area in the 17th…Read more Groton’s Castle of Broken Dreams – Bancroft Castle on Gibbet Hill