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29 Historic New England Apple Recipes – 1615 to 1960

Of course New Englanders love apples. Apple trees were essential to New England’s history, and today they’re part of both the landscape and the cuisine, featured in cider, fritters, dumplings, sauce, butter and, of course, pie. With the exception of a few crab apple varieties, apples are not native to North America. During the early 17th century, apple seeds, buds and small plants came to the American colonies from Britain. Soon the colonists covered New England with apple orchards, and the rest is history. Click to download.

32 of New England’s Best Historical Halloween Events

We looked long and hard to find Halloween events for history lovers, and we came up with some good ones. We chose the best walking tours in New England’s biggest cities. We went off the beaten path to find fascinating presentations of local history with a Halloween spin. We cut through the crowds in Salem, Mass., to bring you the best interpretations of the Witch City’s storied past. Click to download.

Confession of the arsonist who burned the Ursuline Convent

Fifty-three years after the burning of the Ursuline Convent, in Charlestown, Mass., John Buzzell of Pittsfield, N.H., one of the leaders of the mob that destroyed the school for girls talked to a newspaper reporter about why he did it. Click here to read his interview.

Beer in the New England Colonies

From the first days of the New England colonies right up through today New Englanders have loved their beer. The stuff is brewed into our history. The Mayflower probably wouldn’t have even landed in Plymouth if it weren’t running out of beer and its crew afraid that supplies would not last long enough to make the run to Virginia (the intended destination) before the ship ran out. Click here to read more.

Vermont’s Amazing Columbus Smith

The life of Vermont’s Columbus Smith was filled with highs and lows. The pioneering lawyer built a fortune retrieving lost estates for Americans with British ancestors. He would see, however, that money did not guarantee a happy life for him or his children. Journalist Irving Bachellor recounted his experiences with Smith in one of his books. Click here to read more.


George Brian Sullivan, Ph.D. December 14, 2013 - 5:17 pm

I enjoyed my visit and shared my experience with my brother, Stephen who lives in Louisiana. I sent him two links: 1) The story about Innes the Newport film producer; and, 2) The 29 NE Apple Receipes.
Thank you very much for the nice visit.

George Brian Sullivan, Ph.D.

John Carafoli October 24, 2014 - 8:56 pm

I just got a contract for writing a book called THE HISTORY OF ITALIAN-AMERICAN FOOD IN NEW ENGLAND.
I am researching people who came to the six New England states with a history of relatives who settled in small enclaves in these area. Looking for why they came there, stories, history and recipes. I come from a small community on Cape Cod. Most people like my grandparents and 2 aunts from Emilia-Romagna. If this interest you, please e-mail me at [email protected]
Let me know
John F. Carafoli

james Sullivan December 18, 2014 - 1:42 pm

Does the NEw England Historical Society provide speakers for civic groups.? I am president of the local historical society in Hooksett and are looking for programs for our membership

Leslie Landrigan April 25, 2015 - 11:47 am

It’s not something we’re able to do now, but hope to do it in the future. Keep an eye on this space!

Valerie October 16, 2017 - 12:21 pm

The Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire has speakers and experienced tour guides for any organization interested in African American history of northern New England and/or group tours of historic sites around this region and beyond.

John Morrison January 25, 2018 - 4:00 pm

I would like to ask the same question. I am on the Board of the Partnership of Historic Bostons, Inc., an organization that relates the history of 17th century Boston and New England, and our linkages to Boston Lincolnshire. We are looking for lecturers and discussion group leaders for our 2018 season. Our website is HistoricBostons.org for a profile of the organization and our 2017 presentations.


John Morrison
Partnership of Historic Bostons, Inc.
for the Board

Robert Swartz March 10, 2016 - 1:22 pm

How does one submit information to the Society? I don’t see any contact info.

Lesley Scott October 28, 2016 - 9:19 am

Hello. My name is Lesley Scott and I live in England. I’m studying for my Masters degree in English and I’m writing about ‘Education and Duty in Louisa May Alcott’s Fiction for Teenage Girls: Little Women, An Old-Fashioned Girl and Eight Cousins. I am trying to find images of the ‘freedom dress’ – particularly the undergarments mentioned in Eight Cousins. I have found one article in the NY Times Archive which is useful but doesn’t have any illustrations. I was wondering if you have anything as the meeting referenced in the NY Times took place in Boston at the Freeman’s Chapel in late May or early June, 1874. Thank you for your time. Lesley Scott

Robert Fischl November 21, 2016 - 10:15 pm

My mother is a descendant of John Alden. How do we trace the genealogy without using ancestry.com

Annie Stratton September 7, 2018 - 11:17 am

Use free resources at FamilySearch.org (but skip the trees, they are a mess). Try a guest membership at NEHGS (AmericanAncstors.org). It allows you access to certain of the resources. Sign up for their free blog and newsletter. When you feel ready, go for a research membership: access to all the databases and other research material at a reasonable cost. A must for New England research, and lots of info about Alden family.

Krystya Piorkowska December 2, 2016 - 12:44 pm

With all due respect – the piece on Rev. Stanislaus Orlemanski is replete with factual errors. Could someone please contact me?

william henry stephens June 30, 2017 - 12:31 am

was Jonathan Haraden ever with the sons of liberty ,im related to him family tree Jane lane ,young reed Stephens

Joy Lehmann June 30, 2017 - 12:56 pm

What kind of genealogical items will you accept as donations, i.e. manuscripts, family histories, compiled data, i.e. cemetery records? I saw an old ad in Fall 2010 in American Ancestors for Timothy Salls, archivist.

[email protected]

Annie Stratton September 7, 2018 - 11:12 am

American Ancestors is part of NEHGS (the New England Historical Genealogy Society). They are the ones to contact about possible donations. AmericanAncestors.org is the website. I would suggest calling their main phone number (toll-free) 1-888-296-3447 and asking to speak to staff who are responsible for material donations. I know they are always looking for new material, and welcome inquiries.

Claire Lorrie White July 11, 2017 - 2:06 pm

I grew up out west and always knew that our family history started somewhere out east. My father died when I was 11 years old, taking any history and memories with him. My mother remarried and we lost any sense of belonging and history. So in 2003, when my husband retired from the Navy and we were once more back in the United States from living abroad. I decided to take on our families history, first by doing my brothers YDNA. This has led me on the journey of a lifetime. Who would’ve known that I would end up in the Northeast colonies, on my Great Grandmother’s side and in the Jamestown Colony on my fathers side. I’ve found stories on my husbands side that led to his Revolutionary War relative traipsing around with Daniel Boone and Patrick Henry. We both are members of DAR & SAR.
I thank you for the wonderful website and Society that you’ve created, and allowing us to join free.

Steve July 20, 2017 - 6:57 am

Your txt is not expandable on my iPad. I’m s a little too small for easy reading.

John Damon July 20, 2017 - 4:22 pm

The article 26 Pirates hanged is inaccurate, RI WAS not a state when these 26 were hung it was colony under British rule

Paul Feeney The problem with this is that the State of Rhode Island did not exist. It was a colony under British rule.

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John Damon RI became the thirteenth colony May 29, 1790

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John Damon The Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations was one of the original Thirteen Colonies established on the east coast of North America, bordering the Atlantic Ocean. It was a colony of the Kingdom of England from 1636 to 1707, when the Acts of …See More

.John Damon This article should be deleted
Gail Diane So does any of this mean that 26 Pirates did not hang on the land that is now Newport, Rhode Island (on July 19, 1723)? No, it doesn’t. I’m thinking that’s the point of the story
John Damon It casts a black mark on Rhode Island justice IF it said in what is now Newport RI, but it doesn’t

Gail Diane I guess you should take it up with the New England Historical

Barbara Burgess August 11, 2017 - 3:04 pm

unable to reset my password The email sent to me brings me to the Join page and that wont let me have a new account . I really enjoyed this site a lot but after the passing of my husband I lost tract of this wonderful site . I would appreciate any help you can give me . Thank you in advance.

Barbara Burgess

Richard P. Plumer August 17, 2017 - 6:45 pm

I’m in the final stages of writing a book entitled “The Peabodys: New England’s most accomplished family” on ten Peabodys, including Sophia Peabody Hawthorne and would like the Society’s permission to use your photo of Una, Julian, and Rose Hawthorne in the book.

You might want to look at amazon.com and the four other books I have written under Richard P. Plumer. My middle name is Peabody and I am fourth cousins to Sophia Peabody Hawthorne.
Thank you for your help,
Richard Peabody Plumer

Valerie October 16, 2017 - 12:14 pm

I would like to contact the author of the article you published online about King Nero Brewster and the “Negro Courts” in New England.

Thank you.

Dana mckinney November 26, 2017 - 9:40 pm

Story on jared flagg was great recently found a large packet if letters from daniel morgan to jared flagg and updates on his case in 1914 including daniel Morgan’s bail bond…

Thomas Higgins December 16, 2017 - 2:27 pm

Hi –

I am preparing a book on the history of Longmeadow, MA and would like to get permission to reprint the image you have of Eunice Williams (the Unredeemed Captive) – not her actual image, but a re-creation from 1913. https://newenglandhistoricalsociety.com/eunice-williams-unredeemed-captive/ Can you send me contact information for whomever I need to talk to? (or e-mail me at [email protected]) Thanks.

Jason April 11, 2018 - 6:17 pm

If you’re interested in having any colorized photo prints done of old b&w photos, drop me a line. [email protected]. Thanks!

Jarlath MacNamara August 10, 2018 - 9:09 pm

Hello from Ireland – I am researching an amazing historical figure of American and Irish History called P S GILMORE 1829-1892 , the predecessor of John Philip Sousa the March King . However Gilmore was an even bigger figure for 43 years of the 19th Century till his death including the creation of the largest performances of MUSIC in Boston at the National Peace Jubilee 1869 and the World Peace Jubilee in 1872 . Recently we produced a radio Documentary here in Ireland which outlines some of the details of Gilmore’s life and serves as an introduction. Entitled “THE BANDMASTER ” I attach the link here . Please enjoy and share at will . Indeed if you have any information on Gilmore please contact me at [email protected] . Thank you . https://athlonecommunityradio.ie/the-bandmaster-music-documentary-about-patrick-s-gilmore-including-music-from-the-band-2-brigade/

Leslie Landrigan September 13, 2018 - 1:35 pm

How interesting! Thank you for the link. We’ll look into Mr. Gilmore.

Gerald McAlister April 24, 2019 - 2:44 pm


My name is Gerald McAlister, owner of New England 3D.

I have been unable to find any contact info for New England Historical Society site. I would like to discuss highlighting my company’s services on the site.

Please respond with your contact info, or whom ever I should reach out to for questions about advertising on the site.

Thank you,
Gerald A. McAlister
[email protected]

Leslie Landrigan April 29, 2019 - 6:33 am

Hi, You can reach us at [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you!

Gordon Harris August 12, 2018 - 10:14 pm

I enjoy reading this blog, and your articles are excellent. I’m concerned that the quality of the advertisements on each page is not something I would expect from a reputable publication. I also find it odd that there is no address or email for the “New England Historical Society” and the names of the authors and publishers are not to be found. You’re doing good work, but appearances are very important.

Leslie Landrigan September 13, 2018 - 9:57 am

Hi Gordon, I’m afraid we don’t have much control over the advertisements that Google sends our way. Most of the articles are written by Leslie and Dan Landrigan, both former journalists from New England. We include the byline and a brief history of all our guest authors. Our email address is [email protected]. We very much appreciate your support.

M. Milan August 16, 2018 - 9:06 pm

Can you please change three (3) The Kennedy features on WHAT’S TRENDING. They have been there for months and surely not trending!

Leslie Landrigan September 13, 2018 - 9:53 am

Actually, they are still trending. We’re a little amazed ourselves.

Annie Stratton September 7, 2018 - 11:04 am

How do I unsubscribe? this blog is not at all what I thought it would be. I can see no way to unsubscribe, even on the wordpress page, nor any way to contact the “society”.

Leslie Landrigan September 8, 2018 - 11:14 am

You’ll receive an email on Thursday and at the bottom is a link to unsubscribe.

Lisa Nicholson February 3, 2019 - 11:43 am

Do you have a Facebook page?

Leslie Landrigan March 1, 2019 - 8:07 am

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