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Justin Shatwell


Justin Shatwell is a longtime contributor to Yankee Magazine whose work explores the unique history, culture, and art that sets New England apart from the rest of the world. His article, The Memory Keeper (March/April 2011 issue), was named a finalist for profile of the year by the City and Regional Magazine Association.

The Mayflower | Everyone’s Ship

  The Mayflower II is currently out on the ocean. You’re forgiven if you didn’t notice. The event... Read More »

The Brimfield Antique Show | Video

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What kind of stuff can you find at the Brimfield Antique Show? Just about everything. Read More »

Dorr Rebellion | Rhode Island’s Very Own, Very Small Civil War

The Civil War was not the only time Americans fought against each other. In 1842, nineteen years before... Read More »

Winter is Over. Time to Prep for the Next One?

Is spring the season to put aside all thoughts of winter, or is now the time we should... Read More »

Portland Symphony Orchestra| 90 Years in Photos

When the Amateur Strand Symphony Orchestra formed in 1924, they rejected the name “Portland Symphony Orchestra” because they... Read More »

He Made the Most of the Time He Had | Josiah Quincy, Jr.

By the winter of 1773, Josiah Quincy, Jr. knew he was dying. He was an intelligent man—a Harvard... Read More »

The Gift of Silence

“Silence is the gift we give each other.” A Catholic monk recently told me this while trying to... Read More »

The <i>Wyoming</i> | And Other Technological Dinosaurs

The Wyoming | And Other Technological Dinosaurs

At 6 a.m., I awoke to the harrowing noise of a smart phone clinking off porcelain. This was... Read More »

Snow Days | To Commute or Not To Commute

Snow Days | To Commute or Not To Commute

Photo/Art by Clifton Johnson – courtesy of the Jones Library in Amherst MA. I rarely venture out in... Read More »

The Blackington Collection | The Right Home

2 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (92% score)

The Blackington Collection — a priceless collection of 2,000 glass-plate negatives that captured New England life from the... Read More »

The Yiddish Book Center | Local Treasure

2 votes, 3.50 avg. rating (72% score)

When people come to the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts, they gaze at the volumes and say,... Read More »

Have You Found Your Calling?

Do you ever stop and wonder what it is that you were put on this earth to do?... Read More »

When Does Snow Stop Being Fun?

Somehow it surprises me every year. Summer days melt away all thought of winter; so much so that... Read More »

The Lure of a Simpler Life

Photo/Art by John H. Tarbell. Held by the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. If someone offered... Read More »

When Is It Okay to Turn on the Heat in New England?

It happens every year. As the fall nights get increasingly crisp, one by one the chimneys on the... Read More »

Video: Her Hair was Blond

2 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (92% score)

“My hair was blonde,” she says, over and over. Listen to her ghostly story, told near a single... Read More »

Acadian Heritage | ‘Nous Sommes Encore Ici’

4 votes, 4.50 avg. rating (87% score)

In the northern reaches of Maine, the people of Madawaska celebrate their Acadian heritage with a festival that... Read More »

A Trip on the Whaling Ship Charles W. Morgan | History Under Sail

A Trip on the Whaling Ship Charles W. Morgan | History Under Sail

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

The Charles W. Morgan will be docked and open to the public at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in... Read More »

Wicked Big Picture | Charles W. Morgan

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

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to sail on the historic 19th century whaling ship that was re-launched... Read More »

Maritime Heritage | Journey to New England’s Seventh State

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From the moment the first Pilgrim stumbled onto dry land and turned back to gaze at where he... Read More »

Bath, Maine | The City of Ships

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

As many as 22 shipyards were stacked shoulder to shoulder on the gently sloping eastern bank of Bath,... Read More »

Salem, Massachusetts | Golden City of Trade

Salem, Massachusetts | Golden City of Trade

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

Nowhere else on earth is the ocean more superfluous to a port city’s tourism industry than in Salem,... Read More »

New Bedford, Massachusetts | Whaling Industry History

3 votes, 3.33 avg. rating (69% score)

The long, sloping, cobblestone streets of New Bedford’s historic district come to a screeching halt at the shore.... Read More »

Black Heritage Trail | Historical Walking Tour on Boston’s Beacon Hill

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

The National Park ranger clears his throat. Across from the State House at the Shaw Memorial, under the... Read More »

Mystic Seaport | Maritime History in Connecticut

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

At Mystic Seaport in Connecticut, children dart from building to building like schools of fish, slowing only when... Read More »

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Nasturtiums | Local Treasure

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

Come March 30, in one of the most reliable rites of spring–a tradition that dates back to 1903–vibrant... Read More »

Johnson Hall Museum

Johnson Hall Museum

2 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (92% score)

Take a tour of the Bill Johnson’s lifetime worth of collectibles at the Johnson Hall Museum in Wells,... Read More »

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