February 14, 2018

With Valentine’s Day upon us, we could write about romance and love in 18th Century New England . . . or we could write about 17th Century naked protesters. 

We’ll go with the naked protesters.

Lydia Perkins was born in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1636. She was the dau...

February 5, 2018

Nothing helps the Nerds forget the agonizing defeat of the New England Patriots like a little historical research. And to help us block last night’s game we're going to travel to Haverhill, Massachusetts. 

Ladies and gentlemen, please meet Richard Saltonstall. 

Richard...

February 1, 2018

Following the American Revolution, service in the militia was still compulsory.  In fact, during the early 1790s, both the United States and Massachusetts governments passed a series of revised laws outlining the expectations and requirements of service in the militia....

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