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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 Mysterious Siren Call of Appledore Island

3 votes, 4.33 avg. rating (84% score)

Celia Thaxter found peace and rare beauty on a barren island eight miles out to sea. Visitors keep... Read More »

Finding Glass Orbs on Block Island

6 votes, 3.67 avg. rating (74% score)

A new tradition is taking hold on Block Island: Finding Glass Orbs on Block Island. The search is... Read More »

The Trappist Monks of St. Josephs’s Abbey

29 votes, 3.79 avg. rating (75% score)

The Trappist Monks of St. Josephs’s Abbey feed their souls with prayer and meditation while facing a future... Read More »

Ship Shape

2 votes, 4.50 avg. rating (86% score)

For the shipwrights at Mystic Seaport, a way of life sails on. When the work was finally done,... Read More »

Old Lyme, Connecticut | A Place Just Waiting to Be Painted

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

In Old Lyme, Connecticut, where one of America’s most famous artists’ colonies once thrived, the landscape still has... Read More »

Augustus C. Buell | Improving History Through Lies

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

In New England, historical plaques are as plentiful as grey squirrels and just as easy to overlook. But... Read More »

Last of the Leominster Pink Flamingos | Lawn Icons

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

Editor’s Note: Don Featherstone, inventor of the pink plastic flamingo, passed away on June 22, 2015. In a... Read More »

The Theft of the Vinegar Bible

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

Typos happen. When they crop up in a newspaper headline, they’re good for a laugh. When they show... Read More »

5 Great Coastal Forts to Celebrate the Civil War

1 vote, 3.00 avg. rating (69% score)

Where can a history-loving Yankee go to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War?... Read More »

The Mayflower | Everyone’s Ship

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

New Bedford Whaling Museum

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

It’s the responsibility of any good history museum to tell both sides of a story. That’s somewhat more... Read More »

The Brimfield Antique Show | Video

6 votes, 4.50 avg. rating (88% score)

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

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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?

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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

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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.

5 votes, 4.60 avg. rating (89% score)

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

2 votes, 4.50 avg. rating (86% score)

“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

4 votes, 3.50 avg. rating (71% score)

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

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

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 »

Florence Griswold | Have You Found Your Calling?

8 votes, 4.38 avg. rating (86% score)

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?

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

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

12 votes, 4.25 avg. rating (84% score)

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?

10 votes, 4.30 avg. rating (85% score)

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 »

Charles W. Morgan | Video

Charles W. Morgan | Video

5 votes, 4.40 avg. rating (86% score)

Watch the crew of the Charles W. Morgan prepare the whaling ship for sea. Read More »

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