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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
Dec 15, 2013 1:00 PM Sun Life Stadium
Dec 22, 2013 8:30 PM M&T Bank Stadium
Dec 29, 2013 1:00 PM Gillette Stadium

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 2013-2014 season. See and Arts Boston for more info.
  • The Book of Mormon
  • Once
  • We Will Rock You
  • American Idiot
  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • I Love Lucy Live on Stage
  • Blue Man Group
  • A Christmas Story
  • Flashdance

17 January 1706
Ben Franklin born in Boston
19 January 1749
Printer Isaiah Thomas born in Boston
19 January 1809
Author Edgar Allan Poe born in Boston
24 January 1791
Founding meeting of the Massachusetts Historical Society
25 January 1787
Daniel Shays attacks the Springfield Arsenal
30 January 1939
Eighteen thousand people attend President Franklin Roosevelt's birthday ball in Boston Garden in Boston
31 January 1770
In protest against Parliament’s tax programs, the ladies of Boston organize an Anti-Tea Drinking Society
4 February 1870
Museum of Fine Arts incorporated in Boston
6 February 1788
Massachusetts becomes the 6th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution
6 February 1978
Blizzard of 1978 begins
7 February 1834
Massachusetts' first locomotive makes a run from Boston to Newton
7 February 1862
New England Freedman's Aid Society founded in Boston
9 February 1870
First annual Policeman's Ball in Boston
10 February 1780
Blacks led by Paul Cuffe petition against "taxation without representation" and refuse to pay taxes in Dartmouth
11 February 1989
The Rev. Barbara C. Harris, 55, of Boston, was consecrated as the first female bishop in the 450-year history of the Anglican Church
12 February 1588
John Winthrop, English attorney, puritan, first gov of Massachusetts Bay Colony, was born
13 February 1806
Frederick Tudor, the Ice King, departs Charlestown with his first shipload of ice for the West Indies
13 February 1635
Oldest public school in the United States, the Boston Public Latin School, founded
16 February 1838
Author Henry Adams born in Boston
16 February 1863
First recruitment rally held for 54th Massachusetts Infantry in Boston
17 February 1842
Liberty Party holds third annual convention in Boston

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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


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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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