On this day, May 4, 1918, the relocated graves of Colonel Israel Agnell and his first wife, Martha, were dedicated at a ceremony in Providence, Rhode Island. Israel Agnell was born on August 24th, 1740 to Oliver and Naomi Agnell in Providence, Rhode Island and was a fifth generation descendant of one of the original settlers
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The Massachusetts Spy was a colonial weekly newspaper founded in 1770 by Isaiah Thomas and his former master, Zechariah Fowle; later Thomas would buy out Fowle to become sole publisher. Having a circulation of around 3,500, the Spy was substantially more popular than other newspapers of the day which typical had circulations of less than
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Minute Man National Historic Park is located 22 miles outside the city of Boston and preserves important sites from the Battle of Lexington and Concord, the opening battles of the American Revolution on April 19, 1775. The park extends from just west of Lexington and follows, almost without interruption, the road to Concord and encompasses
Thomas Jefferson, principle author of the Declaration of Independence, representative for Virginia to the Continental Congress, 3rd President of the United States, 1st Secretary of State under George Washington, 2nd Governor of the state of Virginia, diplomat, lawyer, philosopher and statesman, was born on this day in 1743. Thomas Jefferson was born in Shadwell, Virginia, the
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Minute Man National Historic Park is located 22 miles outside the city of Boston and preserves important sites from the Battle of Lexington and Concord, the opening battles of the American Revolution on April 19, 1775. The park extends from just west of Lexington and follows, almost without interruption, the road to Concord and encompasses
Minute Man National Historic Park is located 22 miles outside the city of Boston and preserves important sites from the Battle of Lexington and Concord, the opening battles of the American Revolution on April 19, 1775. The park extends from just west of Lexington and follows, almost without interruption, the road to Concord and encompasses

On This Day: Patrick Henry

If you’ve only heard the last line, Patrick Henry’s speech to the Virginia legislature on March 23rd, 1775 is worth reading in it’s entirety. Henry spoke as a delegate to the Second Virginia Convention at St. John’s Episcopal Church in the town of Richmond on that day. The convention was debating whether to include language
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Letterlocking

Ars Technica recently published an interesting article on how paper messages or letters were securely sent before the advent of electronic means of message transmission. This technique is referred to as “letterlocking” and involves methods of folding, cutting, tying with thread, and securing/embossing with wax to create a secure paper message. Many types of letterlocking

On This Day: Crispus Attucks

On this day, March 5th 1770, Crispus Attucks is killed during the Boston Massacre. The first to defy, The first to die. On March 5, 1770, British soldiers Captain-Lieutenant John Goldfinch and Private Hugh White stood guard outside the Boston Custom House on King Street in Boston (known as State Street today). Edward Garrick, a wigmaker’s
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