Boston is the capital of Massachusetts and one of the oldest cities in the United States. Dating back to 1630. Like most cities, it has a large metropolitan area around the city proper. Boston had the United States first public school, public park, and subway system. Boston played a central role in the early United States History.
Anyway, John and I took the train from Lowel to Boston then grabbed the Green Line to Boston Common. Despite working for the last few years in Boston John does not spend a lot of time exploring the city. I had not been to Boston since 2009 when I went with my GF at the time.
Joseph Smith was the founder and prophet of the Mormon faith. Mormonism started in America but its members can now be found around the globe. In fact, I often see Mormon missionaries in Taiwan. They are very easy to spot, they are wearing conservative clothing, actually wear safety vests and helmets when bicycling and in general, look either lost, bored or frustrated.
All through my life, I had seen signs for Joseph Smiths birthplace when visiting family in Vermont. Just like the Billings Rockefeller Mansion, I decided to visit last time I was in the USA. Admission is free and a nice missionary will give you a tour of the area. When it is open varies depending on the time of year but you can call 802-763-7742 to get times.
The town of Barre was were I grew up. It is a rural area that is not far from major urban areas. Despite being in a very different place now, it was a great place to grow up. Located in Worchester County it was incorporated in 1774 as Hutchinson after Thomas Hutchinson the Governor of the colony. However, in 1776 it was renamed Barre after Isaac Barre, a Parliament member that opposed the stamp tax. The Barre Historical Society is on the west side of the town common at 18 Common St. Barre Historical Society is open on Thursdays from 10 am until noon and on Sundays during the farmers market (summer mornings) and can be called at 978-355-4978.
Hardwick is a small town next to the one I grew up in. Made up of the villages of Hardwick, Gilbertville, Wheelwright, and Old Furnace. The town of Hardwick was settled in 1737 and incorporated in 1739. The Hardwick Historical Society was founded in 1961 and bought its current building from the town for one dollar. The building was the site of a school until the 1930’s. Latter it was used for engineers working on the Quabbin reservoir before becoming a meeting place for boy scoots and polling.
Located on the east side of the town common, in a brick building. The Hardwick Historical Society is open Sundays from 12 to 2 PM. In addition you can find them on Facebook.
The American Committee for the Defense of British Homes
Every so often you see something on social media and the comments section is the most interesting part. Ok, who am I kidding the comments are usually the interesting part. As you can see on the left we have an add to send a gun to help defend Britain by something called The American Committee for the Defense of British Homes (we will call it ACDBH for the rest of the article). Like a lot of small things from World War Two, it is hard to find much information on it. Sadly a lot of it is antidotal. So the two questions in the comments were; “Is it real?”, “Why?” and “What happened to the guns afterward?”
Every so often I see a picture like one of these two. Both show the percentage of people in each state that have a valid passport. They are usually followed by comments that make a moral judgment about having or not having a passport and about how can Americans not travel. Proving once again that people are bad at Geography.
I use to know a red headed Irish man. When he got drunk he use to do a Ron Weasley impression
“Harry Potters fuckin my Sister” he would yell. “He using his wand on her chamber of secrets”
Ok, that story has nothing to do with the article but it is funny. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone just had its 20th anniversary, as it seems you could not escape hearing again and again. Even worse is the inability to escape politics in the USA and the UK being compared to Harry Potter.