Attack on Orleans: The World War I Submarine Raid on Cape Cod

Attack on Orleans: The World War I Submarine Raid on Cape Cod

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Guest blog post by author Jake Klim July 21 marks an interesting anniversary. On this day in 1918, shells from a German U-boat struck the sandy beaches of Orleans, Massachusetts, giving the modest coastal hamlet on Cape Cod a unique attribute – it was the ONLY spot anywhere in the United States to receive enemy [...]

Antique Eats: A History of Chowder Whets the Appetites of Summer Festival Goers

Antique Eats: A History of Chowder Whets the Appetites of Summer Festival Goers

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“And such clam chowder as it was! Thick, juicy, succulent, it dripped down our throats like a sustaining nectar, some paradisal liquid that an angel must have evolved and mixed.” —C.H. Towne, 1921 A plethora of chowders enriches, inspires and influences New England cuisine. As the quintessential New England soup, chowder has a unique culinary history that compels [...]

How a Fish Shack Became the Heart of an Art Colony and the Symbol of a Town

How a Fish Shack Became the Heart of an Art Colony and the Symbol of a Town

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A fish shack does not become famous on its own. Yet one red shack boasting a mere 1,008 square feet has managed to claim the title of “the most often-painted building in America,” adorned innumerable souvenirs, inspired a perfume, been featured in the films Finding Nemo and The Proposal, made headlines in the New York [...]

Goodbye, Hilary!

Goodbye, Hilary!

Many thanks, Hilary! -The History Press

Soon we’ll bid a fond farewell to one of our favorite booksellers: Hilary Emerson Lay. Hilary is leaving the Spirit of ’76 Bookstore in Marblehead, Massachusetts on February 29. We’ve been fortunate enough to work with Hilary for several years, and we’ve found her to be a tireless proponent of good books and a “Fearless [...]