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U.S. History Topics » States & Regions » Massachusetts

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Salem Witchcraft Papers: Transcription and Archival Project introduces the infamous Salem Witch Trials of 1692 and presents information on other aspects of the history of Danvers (formerly Salem Village), Massachusetts. The website features...  (University of Virginia, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
Hawthorne in Salem explores Nathaniel Hawthorne's connection to Salem, Massachusetts, with a primary focus on "the Custom House sketch," the first chapter of The Scarlet Letter. The site also presents...  (North Shore Community College, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
The Penniman House: A Whaling Story focuses on one of the most successful whaling captains in New England. Edward Penniman was 11 in 1842 when he signed on as cook on a schooner. Years later, as a captain, he set sail...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Raid on Deerfield: the Many Stories of 1704 tells the story that began when 300 French and Native allies invaded the English settlement of Deerfield, MA. They captured 112 Deerfield men, women, and children, whom they marched...  (Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association (PVMA), supported by Multiple Agencies) provides lessons, teaching guides, best practices, and other resources for teaching history. See videos on "what is historical thinking," teaching history in elementary school, and...  (, supported by Department of Education)
Maritime History of Massachusetts is a travel itinerary highlighting 89 historic places that tell the story of Massachusetts' relationship with the sea. Read essays about lighthouses and lifesaving stations, ships and...  (National Park Service)
Within These Walls tells the stories of five families who lived in one house in Ipswich, Massachusetts, over a 200-year period. The 10-room Georgian-style house was built in the 1760s by a wealthy...  (National Museum of American History, supported by Smithsonian Institution)
Building America's Industrial Revolution: The Boott Cotton Mills of Lowell, Massachusetts features one of the oldest surviving textile mill complexes in the U.S. Learn how technology revolutionized the textile-manufacturing industry, and, in turn, affected mill...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Saugus Iron Works: Life and Work at an Early American Industrial Site examines life and work at the first successful integrated ironmaking plant in colonial America (from 1646 until 1668, 10 miles north of Boston)...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Places Where Women Made History: A National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary explores 74 sites in Massachusetts and New York associated with women's history. This travel itinerary includes homes of Clara Barton, Emily Dickinson, Harriet Tubman, Susan B...  (National Park Service)
American History and Art from New England invites students to explore the history of New England and Massachusetts during three turns of the centuries: 1680-1720 (Colonial); 1780-1820 (Federal); and 1880-1920 (Progressive and...  (Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
Murder at Harvard is the companion website for a film about a murder that shook Boston in November 1849. It began when Dr. George Parkman, a scion of one of Boston's richest families, disappeared. A...  (Center for Independent Documentary, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
Mechanics Hall: Symbol of Pride and Industry traces the history of Mechanics Hall and Worcester back to the industrial revolution. Built by the mechanics association for classes, public debates, lectures, and entertainment, the...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Mount Auburn Cemetery: A New American Landscape describes the country's first large-scale designed landscape open to the public. The cemetery, established four miles outside Boston in 1831, stood in stark contrast to barren, crowded...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Birthplace of John F. Kennedy: Home of the Boy Who Would Be President takes students to JFK's birthplace and to the neighborhood where he grew up. It was here that JFK's parents began instilling the high standards and ambition that would make the...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
The Emerald Necklace: Boston's Green Connection recounts the creation of a series of parks in Boston in the 1880s. At that time, Boston was crammed with buildings and people. It was overcrowded, noisy, and dirty. City officials...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)

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