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A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day......Sept 26, 07....Massachusetts ~ "The Old Bay State"
Mama_Bear | JustAmy | The Mayor

Posted on 09/26/2007 12:02:52 AM PDT by Mama_Bear






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"I shall enter on no encomium upon Massachusetts; she needs none. There she is. Behold her, and judge for yourselves. There is her history; the world knows it by heart. The past, at least, is secure. There is Boston and Concord and Lexington and Bunker Hill; and there they will remain forever." -- Daniel Webster, 1830



"By the sword we seek peace,
but peace only under liberty."


On November 19, 1620, a shout went up aboard the Mayflower: "Land!" Everyone rushed on deck. Barely visible many miles away a strip of shoreline could be seen. The Pilgrims dropped to their knees and wept with joy, thanking God. After sixty-six days and nights on the Atlantic, God had delivered them to the New World. Two days later the vessel reached Provincetown Bay in what would become the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The 102 settlers aboard the Mayflower hold a rightly revered place in the history of America. Before disembarking, before even setting foot on the new land, these settlers blazed a new trail in participatory government, a trail that would guide a new nation toward democracy.

On November 21, 1620, the Pilgrims and other colonists met in the cabin of the ship and forty-one men signed an agreement that became known as the Mayflower Compact. This was the earliest attempt at self-government in the New World.










Click the graphic below....


From June through September of 1692, nineteen men and women, all having been convicted of witchcraft, were carted to Gallows Hill, a barren slope near Salem Village, for hanging. Another man of over eighty years was pressed to death under heavy stones for refusing to submit to a trial on witchcraft charges. Hundreds of others faced accusations of witchcraft; dozens languished in jail for months without trials until the hysteria that swept through Puritan Massachusetts subsided.






Fast-forward to 1775 and the
Revolutionary War









Click here for an excellent
Revolutionary War Time Line





***Touring Massachusetts***


Massachusetts is special in New England as the epicenter of several major chapters of Colonial and Revolutionary War history. Visitors can see the rock where the Mayflower supposedly landed in Plymouth; examine the sites of the 1692 Witch Trials in Salem; see where Henry David Thoreau developed his ideas about living close to nature in Walden; and walk the paths where the first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired in Lexington and Concord.

When visiting Boston, be sure to take "The Freedom Trail". It is a 2.5 mile red-brick walking trail that leads you to 16 nationally significant historic sites, every one an authentic American treasure.




Freedom Trail Information
Historic Homes and Sites
90 Great Things to do in Massachusetts
Visiting Salem
Massachusetts Beaches





Cape Cod lays claim to the majority of cranberry production in the United States. Its history began back when the Indians introduced cranberries to the Pilgrims in the early 1600s. The Pilgrims learned the benefits of cranberries quickly and began using them as a remedy against scurvy--similar to the way the English used limes. A recipe for cranberry sauce first appeared in The Pilgrim Cookbook in 1633 and forty-four years later ten bushels were sent back to King Charles II of England. The Pilgrims made other uses for cranberries including using the fruit to make dyes and poultices and whalers and residents used cranberries as a major source of Vitamin C.


More information available at Time for Cranberries


Thank you, JustAmy, for your research
and contributions on the subject
of Massachusetts cranberries! :-)



Apples and cranberries are a delightful combination!
Two-crust piecrust
12 oz. cranberries, fresh or frozen
1 cup maple sugar
6 cups sliced apples
1/4 cup arrowroot powder dissolved in 2 Tbsp. cold water

Line a 9-inch pie plate with piecrust dough and reserve the rest for making lattice. Place cranberries and maple sugar in a saucepan. Peel and core the apples and cut into 1/2-inch slices; add the slices to the cranberry/maple sugar mixture (which could also be called a syrup) as you go. Bring syrup to a boil and cook, stirring, for several minutes until cranberries begin to pop. Stirring constantly and quickly so not to create lumps, add the arrowroot/water mixture and cook another minute more, continuing to stir. Let cool slightly. Pour into pie shell. Make a lattice to cover the cranberry/apple mixture and bake at 350°F degrees for about 45 minutes.










  • 552 original documents pertaining to the Salem witch trials of 1692 have been preserved and are still stored by the Peabody Essex Museum.
     
  • Boston built the first subway system in the United States in 1897.
     
  • Although over 30 communities in the colonies eventually renamed themselves to honor Benjamin Franklin. The Massachusetts Town of Franklin was the first and changed its name in 1778.
     
  • Norfolk County is the birthplace of four United States presidents: John Adams, John Quincy Adams, John Fitzgerald Kennedy and George Herbert Walker Bush.
     
  • The Fig Newton was named after Newton, Massachusetts.
     
  • The visible portion of Plymouth Rock is a lumpy fragment of glacial moraine about the size of a coffee table, with the date 1620 cut into its surface. After being broken, dragged about the town of Plymouth by ox teams used to inspire Revolution-aries, and reverently gouged and scraped by 19th-century souvenir hunters, it is now at rest near the head of Plymouth Harbor.
     
  • The Basketball Hall Of Fame is located in Springfield.
     
  • The American industrial revolution began in Lowell. Lowell was America's first planned industrial city.
     
  • 1634: Boston Common became the first public park in America.
     
  • 1891: The first basketball game was played in Springfield.
     
  • Massachusetts holds the two largest cites in New England, Boston, the largest, and Worcester.
     
  • The creation of the Cape Cod National Seashore, which was formerly private town and state owned land, marked the first time the federal government purchased land for a park.
     
  • Robert Goddard, inventor of the first liquid fueled rocket, was born and lived much of his life in Worcester and launched the first rocket fueled with liquid fuel from the neighboring town of Auburn.
     
  • Quincy boasts the first Dunkin Donuts on Hancock Street and the first Howard Johnson's on Newport Ave.
     
  • Glaciers formed the islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard during the ice age.
     
  • The first U.S.Postal zip code in Massachusetts is 01001 at Agawam.
     
  • Brewster has become the de facto "Wedding Capital of Cape Cod" because of its many small and larger inns that cater to weddings.
     
  • The birth control pill was invented at Clark University in Worcester.
     
  • The signs along the Massachusetts Turnpike reading "x miles to Boston" refer to the distance from that point to the gold dome of the state house.
     
  • Harvard was the first college established in North America. Harvard was founded in 1636.
     
  • In 1838 the Boston & West Worcester Railroad was the first railroad to charge commuter fares.
     
  • The Boston University Bridge on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston is the only place in the world where a boat can sail under a train driving under a car driving under an airplane.
     
  • John Adams and John Quincy Adams are buried in the crypt at the United First Parish Church in Quincy.
     
  • Princeton was named after the Reverend Thomas Prince, Pastor of the Old South Church in Boston, and one of the first proprietors of the town. Princeton was incorporated in 1759.
     
  • The Pilgrim National Wax Museum in Plymouth is the only wax museum devoted entirely to the Pilgrim's story.
     
  • In 1908, Miss Caroline O. Emmerton purchased The House of the Seven Gables - built in 1668 - restored it to its present state and, in 1910, opened the site to the touring public. The seven-gabled house inspired Nathaniel Hawthorne to write his famous novel of the same name.
     
  • The Boston Tea Party reenactment takes place in Boston Harbor every December 16th.
     
  • Balance Rock in Lanesborough is named in honor of a 25' x 15' x 10 boulder that balances upon a small stone below it.
     
  • The 3rd Monday in April is a legal holiday in Massachusetts called Patriot's Day, the day the Boston Marathon is held each year.
     
  • The first Thanksgiving Day was celebrated in Plymouth in 1621.
     
  • Charles Goodyear in Woburn first vulcanized rubber in 1839.
     
  • Elias Howe of Boston invented the first sewing machine in 1845.
     
  • The first nuclear-powered surface vessel, USS Long Beach CG (N) 9, was launched at Quincy in 1961.
     
  • The USS Constitution 'Old Ironsides', the oldest fully commissioned vessel in the US Navy is permanently berthed at Charlestown Navy Yard.
     
  • Revere Beach was the first public beach in the United States and is host to Suffolk Downs horse racing track, Wonderland dog racing track and a 14-screen cinema complex.
     
  • The official state dessert of Massachusetts is Boston cream pie.
     
  • Milford is known the world over for its unique pink granite, discovered in the 1870's and quarried for many years to grace the exteriors of museums, government buildings, monuments and railroad stations.




With appreciation to the following
websites for text and images...


Puritans Become Pilgrims
Salemweb.com
Visit New England
Massachusetts Facts and Trivia





And a special 'thank you' to JustAmy and The Mayor for
their contributions to our cyber-visit to Massachusetts.



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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; US: Massachusetts
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1 posted on 09/26/2007 12:03:08 AM PDT by Mama_Bear
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To: All; ST.LOUIE1; Billie; dutchess; DollyCali; GodBlessUSA; Aquamarine; The Mayor; JustAmy; MEG33; ...
Today we are celebrating Warm Fuzzy Wednesday in The Old Bay State!


2 posted on 09/26/2007 12:05:02 AM PDT by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage!)
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To: All; Finest FRiends

I’ll be back in the morning. The sandman beckons. Good night everyone.


3 posted on 09/26/2007 12:08:10 AM PDT by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage!)
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To: Mama_Bear

No resisting the Sandman’s call ... )

Beautiful profile of a special part of America ... thank you, Mrs. Bear.

I’ve been to Boston a couple of tiimes, and spent a few days in rural areas with small towns and white steeples dotting the countryside in snowy winter.

Real maple syrup ... winding roads and wooded hills ... old, old buildings and stone walls.

I’m a Westerner, but dang me if New England doesn’t feel like home, too.


4 posted on 09/26/2007 12:50:29 AM PDT by jwfiv
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To: silent_jonny; Mama_Bear; jkphoto; ST.LOUIE1; Billie; snugs; Kitty Mittens; TPartyType; ...


One of my fave things about Massachusetts is, New England/Boston Clam Chowda!(Chowder)

I make my own from scratch, from watching my Mom make it when I was younger.

'Cept in my batches I don't put onions.

My Mom was sweet & thoughtful to separate some out for me before she put in the onions in every food item.

I didn't even ask Her to...She just did so out of love for me!

& for loved ones I'd put them into their food... if they liked them in!

:)

5 posted on 09/26/2007 1:10:42 AM PDT by Majie Purple (I w s l m e t s m a p a/o p a s m o l a/o e i t t l f m...s i c l a o. *Note to self*Can't explain*)
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To: Mama_Bear

TOTALLY AWESOME THREAD!

Lori, this is a beautiful presentation ...loaded with information, great links & amazing graphics. Love how you did the pledge and the ping. (golly, Dutchess & I might never be able to do Ohio after seeing Massachusetts)

You do very impressive work & it is so nice to see your delightful post.

I thought the recipe for Apple & cranberry pie was interesting. I have never heard of maple sugar..Wonder if regular sugar & maple extract/flavoring could be substituted.

I am NOT a great student of history but in past 15 years have probably done a lot more investigative study..It really hit me that it war over 150 years from first settlement to the revolutionary war. I guess I always KNEW that but the impact of the fact never hit home

Now one can't talk about Massachusetts/revolutionary war w/o considering Mel (actually I try to get him in anywhere I can)

THE PATRIOT


6 posted on 09/26/2007 3:51:10 AM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: Mama_Bear

What a beautiful presentation MBear!!! I look forward to visiting ALL of the states you’ve cyber-visted.

Thank you for this.


7 posted on 09/26/2007 4:58:27 AM PDT by SnarlinCubBear ("Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil." -- Thomas Mann)
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To: ST.LOUIE1; Billie; dutchess; DollyCali; GodBlessUSA; Mrs Mayor; Mama_Bear; Aquamarine; JustAmy; ...

September 26, 2007

Jesus Sets Us Free

READ: Galatians 5:1-6

You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. —John 8:32

Perhaps no one since the apostle Paul has written more graphically about the experience of spiritual bondage than the great theologian Augustine (AD 354–430). Although blessed with extraordinary intelligence, in his younger years he had wallowed in deep depravity.

Looking back, Augustine gave this account of his struggle: “I was bound by the iron chain of my own will. I was rather an unwilling sufferer than a willing actor. And yet it was through me that habit had become an armed enemy against me, because I had willingly come to be what I unwillingly found myself to be.”

Many of us have gone through a similar struggle. We wanted deliverance from sin yet found ourselves unable to shake off the chains of habit. Then, as we turned in faith to Jesus, we were liberated and could repeat the words of Charles Wesley’s hymn: “Long my imprisoned spirit lay fast bound in sin and nature’s night. Thine eye diffused a quickening ray, I woke—the dungeon flamed with light! My chains fell off, my heart was free; I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.”

Jesus alone can break the shackles of sin in your life. Receive Him as your Savior, and “the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).

Out of my bondage, sorrow, and night,
Jesus, I come, Jesus, I come;
Into Thy freedom, gladness, and light,
Jesus, I come to Thee. —Sleeper

True freedom is found in serving Christ.


8 posted on 09/26/2007 4:59:14 AM PDT by The Mayor ( A man's heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.—Proverbs 16:9)
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To: Mama_Bear

Beautiful job Mama Bear!
I feel guilty I wasn’t able to contribute more.

When you look at the incredible history of my home state and look at it now it is hard to believe American history began there.

I always love to go back to visit and Cape Cod is my favorite place to be. Ashland and Hopkinton have changed very little. The main business districts are the same as they were 25 years ago.


9 posted on 09/26/2007 5:35:08 AM PDT by The Mayor ( A man's heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.—Proverbs 16:9)
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To: Mama_Bear
Beeeeeautiful!!!! :)

I love visiting MA. It's a beautiful state. I have family there also. Which has me go visit more often than I may have.

10 posted on 09/26/2007 5:39:56 AM PDT by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You!. Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: The Mayor; JustAmy; Mama_Bear

forgive my poor manners in not offing thanks for whatever contributions you made to the thread Amy & Rus!

I lived in Waltham (suburb of Boston) for a few years & loved the historic sites around the area. Wladen was very primitive in the late 60s... Now it is a state park I believe. Last time I was there I was saddened to see how commercial the area had become.

Lori I just went through the thread again - it is so good! - & ealier had added it to the next mailing of DollyHumor, but think I want to send out a special mailing on it.. it is too good not to have people see today & not wait til the 30th when the next DH goes out.


11 posted on 09/26/2007 6:01:03 AM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: GodBlessUSA

My favorite place... Nobska Point...
I have spent so many hours right there and to the left in the picture is my favorite beach.


12 posted on 09/26/2007 6:14:48 AM PDT by The Mayor ( A man's heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.—Proverbs 16:9)
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To: DollyCali

I know Waltham.... I have not been there since the early 70’s


13 posted on 09/26/2007 6:15:42 AM PDT by The Mayor ( A man's heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.—Proverbs 16:9)
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To: The Mayor
Good Morning The Mayor :)
It’s such a beautiful place. We drove the cape on our honeymoon. It was off season. I’m not familiar with Nobska Point but we may have stopped there. It is such a gorgeous place. :)

We went to one town where it was all seniors. Funny. 2 young people and everywhere we went was senior citizens. They treated us great! We went to a restaurant and dined with all seniors. It was one of our best memories of our trip. They were so much fun. They sure had a delicious restaurant to dine at! :) We'll have to go again on our 40th or something like that. :)
14 posted on 09/26/2007 6:24:54 AM PDT by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You!. Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: GodBlessUSA

off season is the best time to go. The traffic and people during the summer months is ridiculous. We plan on going next summer with the kids, it has been to long since we were there.


15 posted on 09/26/2007 6:39:11 AM PDT by The Mayor ( A man's heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.—Proverbs 16:9)
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To: The Mayor
We went in late Sept. It was nice. I think we should do it before our 40th now. LOL!!
16 posted on 09/26/2007 6:41:21 AM PDT by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You!. Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: Mama_Bear; GodBlessUSA

We drove through part of Massachusetts on our way to Maine last month and it was just beautiful. I would like to go again when we can stop and see some of it instead of blowing through just to go to the airport.

Thanks Mama Bear for an absolutely beautiful thread!


17 posted on 09/26/2007 6:44:34 AM PDT by LUV W (Friendship is neither a contest nor a race. What matters is the feeling involved. <3)
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To: Mama_Bear

What a beautiful, beautiful thread. I will be back later to read more from it. Have a lunch date at 12:30....The clam chowder from Majie has made me so hungry!! I love it!


18 posted on 09/26/2007 7:08:09 AM PDT by jaycee ("God's love still stands when all else has fallen.")
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To: DollyCali

He is the best looking guy anywhere around!!! ~~sigh~~


19 posted on 09/26/2007 7:09:14 AM PDT by jaycee ("God's love still stands when all else has fallen.")
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To: LUV W; Mrs.Nooseman; beachn4fun
Hey someday we can do a trip there together. :)

Have a great day Luv!

20 posted on 09/26/2007 7:30:11 AM PDT by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You!. Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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