And now, in honor of next week’s Massachusetts Genealogy: Beyond the Basics webinar, some history trivia about the Bay State:
- In 1634, Boston Common became the first public park in America.
- Puritans established the first public school in America in 1635 at the home of schoolmaster Philemon Pormont. It was later moved to School Street.
- Lowell, Mass., was America’s first planned industrial city, a textile manufacturing center.
- The state of Maine was part of Massachusetts until 1820.
- The Massachusetts flag was two-sided from 1908 to 1971. The state seal was on one side (an Algonquin Indian on a blue shield), and a pine tree on a blue shield was on the reverse.
- Massachusettsans invented vulcanized rubber (1839), the sewing machine (1845), volleyball (1895), and the first automatic digital computer (1944).
- Since 1998, Massachusetts has had an official polka, “Say Hello To Someone From Massachusetts” by Lenny Gomulka
- In 1795, the population of Massachusetts was nearly 95 percent of English ancestry. Today, Irish and part-Irish are the state’s largest ancestry group.
- Massachusetts has a relatively large population of Portuguese descent. Immigrants came from the Azores in the 19th century to work in the whaling industry; later arrivals worked in textile and other factories.
The hour-long session is Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 7p.m. ET (6p.m. CT, 5p.m. MT, 4p.m. PT). Registration includes a PDF of the presentation slides, plus access to view the webinar again as often as you want. Click here for more on what you’ll learn.