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3 Fun Things to Do (Indoors) in Massachusetts over Presidents Day Weekend Posted on Feb 9

3 Fun Things to Do (Indoors) in Massachusetts over Presidents Day Weekend

George Washington’s Birthday is observed on the third Monday in February every year. According to the National Archives, Congress declared it a legal holiday in 1879 after years of unofficial celebrations to honor our first commander in chief. For many Americans, the holiday has become   …Continue Reading 3 Fun Things to Do (Indoors) in Massachusetts over Presidents Day Weekend

Celebrate Black History Month Through Historical Tours and Trails Posted on Feb 2

Celebrate Black History Month Through Historical Tours and Trails

Black History Month, celebrated every February, is an opportunity to learn about and recognize the contributions of African Americans throughout U.S. history. The Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) has compiled a list of Black History Month resources, including walking tours and heritage trails. They   …Continue Reading Celebrate Black History Month Through Historical Tours and Trails

How You Can Serve This Martin Luther King Jr. Day Posted on Jan 12

How You Can Serve This Martin Luther King Jr. Day

“Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve”  —  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. From his sermons as a pastor in Atlanta, Georgia, to his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preached the importance of love, tolerance, and service. With   …Continue Reading How You Can Serve This Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Veterans’ Services and Advocacy for Women in Massachusetts Posted on Aug 25

Veterans’ Services and Advocacy for Women in Massachusetts

The Commonwealth’s official heroine, Deborah Sampson, fought with courage in the Revolutionary War under a man’s name and was later given the first military pension ever awarded to a woman. Massachusetts celebrates and supports women all year through services for female veterans and advocacy for   …Continue Reading Veterans’ Services and Advocacy for Women in Massachusetts

Celebrate Massachusetts Women Posted on Mar 20

Celebrate Massachusetts Women

The birthplace of pioneering women’s rights advocates Abigail Adams and Susan B. Anthony, humanitarian Clara Barton, and famed poet Emily Dickinson, Massachusetts has no shortage of women deserving of spirited celebration. But while there are plenty of Commonwealth women in history who’ve made a difference   …Continue Reading Celebrate Massachusetts Women

Celebrating Presidents’ Day in Massachusetts Posted on Feb 13

Celebrating Presidents’ Day in Massachusetts

In 1783, after leading the Continental Army to victory against the British, George Washington made an even bolder move: He gave up power to a grateful Congress. Had he not believed in civilian control of the military and the ideals for which he fought, George   …Continue Reading Celebrating Presidents’ Day in Massachusetts

Celebrate Black History Month in Massachusetts Posted on Feb 11

Each year, the month of February is recognized as a time to honor the successes and sacrifices of African Americans. There are many ways to celebrate Black History Month in the Commonwealth. The Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) provides information on the state’s   …Continue Reading Celebrate Black History Month in Massachusetts

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day Posted on Jan 16

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. During his life, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led the Civil Rights Movement through nonviolent acts of protest and helped end legal segregation of African American citizens.   …Continue Reading Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Saluting Heroes for Memorial Day 2014 in Massachusetts Posted on May 20

Saluting Heroes for Memorial Day 2014 in Massachusetts

First established as Decoration Day to observe the sacrifices of those who fought in the Civil War, Memorial Day has become a national holiday to commemorate all men and women who have served in the American military. While there are many ways to celebrate our   …Continue Reading Saluting Heroes for Memorial Day 2014 in Massachusetts

Celebrating Women’s History Month Posted on Feb 27

Celebrating Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month is a worldwide celebration of the contributions women have made throughout history. Often pitted against social conventions and legal obstacles, women have created a legacy that expands the frontiers of possibility for generations to come. It’s a perfect time to hear from   …Continue Reading Celebrating Women’s History Month