Once We Were Sisters

Sisters often share a special bond that's hard to define. A sister is someone with whom you can laugh and be silly like when you were kids, who still sees in you the child you once were, and who shares your past and your memories of it. As you're growing up and you're close, you can't…
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The Origins of a Masterwork

Twenty-nine years. Twenty-nine years is a staggering amount of time to spend on a single project. But twenty-nine years is precisely how long artist John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) worked on "Triumph of Religion," his mural cycle at the Boston Public Library.  And, even after those twenty-nine years of work between 1890 and 1919, the cycle was…
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Destination Massachusetts

Massachusetts is the quintessential travel destination! Massachusetts has a lot to offer people of all ages. There is something for everyone, especially history buffs, food aficionados, and lovers of the outdoors. Whether you are a resident or a visitor, there is a myriad of attractions around. To plan your next getaway, take a look at…
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Recently Digitized: Boston Tax Records, 1780-1821

The BPL Rare Books and Manuscripts Department has just digitized a major collection of early Boston tax records. Comprised of approximately 90,000 handwritten pages, the collection covers the years 1780 through 1821 and represents a rich data set for genealogists and historians alike. The records contain a wealth of information about individual residents and about…
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