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“The Hanging Judge” Samuel Sewall Repents | Footnote to History

6 votes, 4.83 avg. rating (94% score)

In July, August, and September 1692, Samuel Sewall with six colleagues presided over the Salem witch trials. “Judge... Read More »

A Veteran’s Sacrifice: Story of Michael Daly

1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (89% score)

Excerpt from Yankee Magazine May 1983 On Memorial Day in Fairfield, Connecticut, when the parade and the speeches... Read More »

African Slaves in Portsmouth

3 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (94% score)

Excerpt from Yankee Magazine February 1999 It is 1968, and in the dark back room of St. John’s... Read More »

Blackflies | Survival Methods

Blackflies | Survival Methods

6 votes, 4.83 avg. rating (94% score)

Spring is killing season in the North Woods — a time when guides, sports, and ordinary folks delight... Read More »

Bobby Orr | Dreams of the NHL

Bobby Orr | Dreams of the NHL

7 votes, 4.57 avg. rating (89% score)

Excerpt from “Dreams of the NHL | I Remember,” Yankee Magazine, April 1988. My parents never pushed me... Read More »

Bud | A Vermont Dog

Bud | A Vermont Dog

1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (89% score)

Bud was a Vermont dog, a purebred malamute. He lived in and about Adamant, a village bounded by... Read More »

Collecting Sea Glass | The Allure of Mermaids’ Tears

Collecting Sea Glass | The Allure of Mermaids’ Tears

4 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (95% score)

Those bits of sea glass ground smooth by the ocean before being scattered on the beach can touch... Read More »

Crickets | Minstrels of the Season

Crickets | Minstrels of the Season

1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (89% score)

It’s the time of year when we hear the song of crickets across the fields and around the... Read More »

Franks and Beans | A Saturday Night Tradition

Franks and Beans | A Saturday Night Tradition

5 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (96% score)

Excerpt from “Beans and Harmony,” Yankee Magazine, February 1995. Being married to a Yankee meant we had franks... Read More »

Mailboat on Great Pond, Maine | The Summer Mailboat

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Every June 1 since 1950, Dave Webster and his boat have confirmed the start of another season for... Read More »

Mark Twain Rented Cats | Footnote to History

5 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (96% score)

Although she was only 13 when she wrote a biography of her famous father, Mark Twain’s daughter Susy... Read More »

Nelly Butler | America’s First Ghost

5 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (96% score)

It was August 9, 1799, when Abner Blaisdel first heard the “knocking noises” in his house in Machiasport,... Read More »

Noank’s House of Fables

1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (89% score)

Excerpt from “’Noank’s House of Fables,” Yankee Magazine, August, 1967. The “House of Fables” stands on a hill... Read More »

Nor’Easter Wedding

5 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (96% score)

In retrospect, an outdoor wedding reception during a nor’easter was a perfect introduction to New England. It was... Read More »

Potato Recess | Potato Harvest in Aroostook County

5 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (96% score)

Excerpt from “The Lessons of the Harvest,” Yankee Magazine, September 1990. In Maine’s Aroostook County, schools close for... Read More »

Rene Rancourt | Boston’s National Anthem Singer

3 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (94% score)

Excerpt from a 1990 interview with Rene Rancourt, “Oh, Rene, Can You Sing,” Yankee Magazine, January 1990. It’s... Read More »

Sayings of the Oracle

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Excerpt from “Sayings of the Oracle,” Yankee Magazine January 1964. ♦Me.: Dear Oracle: A question you may be... Read More »

Submarine Sandwiches | What’s in a Name?

3 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (94% score)

Everyone loves a title, everyone wants to be special, even entire communities. Take Groton and New London, Connecticut,... Read More »

The First Department Store Santa Claus

The First Department Store Santa Claus

0 votes, 0.00 avg. rating (0% score)

In the late 19th century, children saw drawings of Santa Claus in all the newspapers and in magazines.... Read More »

The Nature of New Englanders | Yankee Humor

1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (89% score)

On a weekend camping trip near Palm Springs we stopped at a remote supermarket for supplies. Around the... Read More »

Thomas Jefferson’s Mammoth Cheese

Thomas Jefferson’s Mammoth Cheese

5 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (96% score)

On the first day of 1802, the residents of Cheshire, Massachusetts, presented Thomas Jefferson with perhaps the oddest... Read More »

Was Rhode Island the Vampire Capital of America?

Was Rhode Island the Vampire Capital of America?

5 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (96% score)

The villagers of Exeter, Rhode Island, knew that farmer George Brown had a problem. First, in 1883 his... Read More »

Worried About the Bird | Yankee Classic

Worried About the Bird | Yankee Classic

6 votes, 4.83 avg. rating (94% score)

The uncertainty that accompanies any major move in life is often expressed in odd ways. We’d barely moved... Read More »



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