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  • Official Name: Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Capital: Boston
  • Population: 6,349,097 (2000 U.S. Census Bureau)
  • Area: 8,257 square miles (land and water)
  • Climate: Average monthly temperatures in Boston range from 28.2° in January to 72.0° in July
  • Quick Facts
    • Massachusetts has produced half of all the Nobel Prize winners in the country
    • The State's total R&D expenditures are nearly 3 times greater than the national average
  • Major League Sports Teams
    • Baseball- Boston Red Sox
    • Football- New England Patriots
    • Hockey- Boston Bruins
    • Basketball- Boston Celtics

   
Boston Red Sox
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O.co Coliseum
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Safeco Field
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Target Field
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Boston Area


The Glass Flowers - A Botanical Museum collection
Harvard Museum of Natural History


This unique collection of over 3,000 models was created by the glass artisans, Leopold Blaschka and his son, Rudolph. The commission began in 1886, continued for five decades, and represents more than 830 plant species.

26 Oxford Street and at 11 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Museum of Fine Arts
Art of the Americas Wing
The centerpiece of the MFA’s historic expansion is a spectacular new wing for the Art of the Americas collection, which will double the number of objects from the collection on view, including several large-scale masterpieces not displayed for decades.
Through December 31, 2016
Art of the Americas Wing

Around the State
Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA
Made in Massachusetts: Studio Furniture of the Bay State

Fuller Craft Museum will feature works by studio furniture artists working in Boston, as well as throughout Massachusetts. Their works represent rich and diverse contributions to the field of fine furniture making over the past 30 years.
October 12, 2013 - February 9, 2014
Jay Stanger Chair

Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, 413-298-4100
9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262

Norman Rockwell Museum is dedicated to education and art appreciation inspired by the legacy of Norman Rockwell. The museum preserves, studies and communicates with a worldwide audience the life, art and spirit of Norman Rockwell in the field of illustration.
Open Daily

Norman Rockwell

Decordova Sculpture Park and Museum
35 acres of beautiful rolling woodlands and lawns, and is the largest park of its kind in New England. The Sculpture Park provides a constantly changing exhibition of large-scale, outdoor, Modern and contemporary American sculpture and site-specific installations.
Lincoln, 781-259-8355
DeCordova Sculpture Park

The Blue Man Group and Shear Madness are playing in Boston. The following are scheduled for the 2014-2015 season. See www.boston-theater.com and Arts Boston for more info.
  • MAMMA MIA!
  • The Lion King
  • CIRQUE DU SOLEIL - AMALUNA
  • Kinky Boots
  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • Dirty Dancing
  • Blue Man Group
  • Newsies
  • Motown The Musical
 
 
   

9 June 1948
WBZ-TV, New England's first full-time television station, begins broadcasting
10 June 1901
Boston's first elevated transit line opens from Dudley Street to Sullivan Square
12 June 1924
President George Bush born in Milton, Massachusetts
13 June 1947
Red Sox play the first night game at Fenway Park in Boston
16 June 1745
French fortress of Louisbourg surrenders to New England forces
17 June 1775
Battle of Bunker Hill fought in Charlestown
17 June 1972
Fire at the Hotel Vendome in Boston
19 June 1819
Governor John Brooks signs Articles of Separation to establish the District of Maine as an independent state
21 June 1974
Desegregation of Boston schools ordered by U.S. District Court judge Arthur Garrity, Jr.
22 June 1630
John Winthrop, first governor of Massachusetts Bay, arrives at Salem on the Arbella
22 June 1793
Charter granted to Williams College in Williamstown
26 June 1721
Dr. Zabdiel Boylston introduces smallpox inoculations in Boston
29 June 1652
Massachusetts declared itself an independent commonwealth
3 July 1775
George Washington takes command of the Continental Army in Cambridge
4th of July
Independence Day
4 July 1804
Author Nathaniel Hawthorne born in Salem
4 July 1826
John Adams dies at 91 in
4 July 1835
Opening of the Boston & Worcester Railroad
8 July 1783
Massachusetts Supreme Court declares slavery unconstitutional in Commonwealth V. Jennison
9 July 1819
Inventor Elias Howe born in Spencer
10 July 1834
Painter James Abbott McNeill Whistler born in Lowell
11 July 1767
President and statesman John Quincy Adams born in North Braintree, now Quincy
12 July 1817
Essayist, poet, philosopher, author of Walden, Henry David Thoreau born in Concord
14 July 1921
Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti convicted of murder
14 July 1856
Civil War Draft Riot in Boston
15 July 1868
Louisa May Alcott completes writing Little Women in Concord
18 July 1776
Declaration of Independence first read from balcony of Old State House in Boston
18 July 1863
54th Massachusetts Infantry spearheads assault on Fort Wagner, S.C.
21 July 1997
U.S.S. Constitution sails from Boston for the first time in 116 years
23 July 1869
French Atlantic Cable landed, in Duxbury, Massachusetts
24 July 1846
Henry David Thoreau jailed in Concord for nonpayment of the poll tax
25 July 1806
Abolitionist Maria Weston Chapman born in Weymouth
26 July 1956
Italian liner Andrea Doria sinks off Nantucket Island
26-29 July 2004
2004 Democratic National Convention is held in Boston
29 July 1837
Boston Fire Department established
29 July 1914
Cape Cod Canal opened

 
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Our Survey Question of the Month
Survey of the Month
What is your favorite uniquely-Boston food?

Candy baked beans
Gummi lobsters
Frappes
Grinders
Penuche
Scrod


 

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Brief Guide To MA
Read John Hodgman's A brief guide to the most important state in the union

 
Massachusetts Knowledge Quiz


This famous Patriot was born 300 years ago in Boston. At age 16, he secretly wrote a series of witty, satirical letters signed, “Mrs. Silence Dogood” and published in his brother’s newspaper, where he worked as an apprentice. The letters charmed Boston, but when his brother learned the true identity of the author, the ill will caused him to permanently leave Boston for Philadelphia. Who was this famous American?

A. Thomas Jefferson
B. William Pitt
C. Benjamin Franklin
D. William Penn

In Massachusetts-speak what can be described as a sandwich or a sub baked in a pizza oven?

What book written by Robert McCloskey is honored by a series of bronze sculptures by Nancy Schoen in Boston’s Public Garden?

Test your Massachusetts wisdom with our Massachusetts Knowledge Quizzes. Score high on our latest quiz and win a discount on your next purchase. (Answers to above questions: C-Benjamin Franklin, A-grinder, and Make Way for Ducklings)

Massachusetts Language
The unusual accent of Bostonians may have originated in East Umbria, England. Here are some translations of common Massachusetts terms. For more, visit the Wicked Good Guide to Boston English.

Frappe A milkshake or malted elsewhere, here it's ice cream, milk and chocolate syrup blended together. The 'e' is silent. Despite the chocolate syrup, it actually comes in many flavors.
Badadoes- Come baked or French fried
Wicket – Means “very”, as in “wicked” good
Smoot - Unit of measure across the Harvard Bridge near MIT
Tonic - A soda
Hamburg - Goes with hot dog
Hermits - Molasses cookies.
Milkshake - Milk with some flavored syrup, but NO ice cream.

Examples of Place Name Pronunciation
Worcester – cross between wooster and wister
Gloucester- glosster
Leominster- lemunster


The Boston Citgo Sign
London has Big Ben, Paris has the Eiffel Tower. Boston has the CITGO sign. Ever since 1965, the CITGO sign has held a place deep in the hearts of Boston residents. Learn all about it and download a Citgo Sign screensaver. Boston Citgo Sign

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