Partnership of Historic Bostons



Travel Back to the Dawn of Health and Science in Boston

An upcoming event series explores the history of medicine and mortality.

By Jamie Ducharme | Boston Wellness | August 22, 2017, 11:33 a.m.
Boston Magazine
Explore the history of health
in Boston
The Boston Globe 
Click HERE to hear favorite PHB speaker Lori Stokes, PhD, on "The Hidden Lives of 17th-century Puritan Women."
To hear more about the two Bostons from Liz Covart's 2016 interview on "Ben Franklin's World," click here.  Over 10,000 downloads in six months!

The reasons we recall the Pilgrim feast the true first Thanksgiving 

by Dr. Frank Bremer  HERE  

"Five Myths About the Puritans" with Lori Rogers Stokes, Boston Public Library, on C-SPAN3
"Fifty Shades of Gray," PuritanEdition? by William J. Kole
This AP article appeared first in The Washington Post and was picked up over time by multiple outlets including the UK's Daily Mail, in multiple papers across the USA to Oregon, Idaho, and Washington, and in Eastern Canada.  When the the number of outlets was over ninety, counting stopped.  

The article was often illustrated by a picture of the John Winthrop statue outside First Church in Boston.   
Boston Magazine  HERE  
"Ravishing Affection: Debunking the Myth Surrounding the Puritans and Sex.

The Puritans weren’t prudish. In fact, they were passionate."

The Passion of the Puritans
Photograph courtesy of Will Holton

By Kara Baskin

Globe Correspondent

Grab your corset and fess up: Have you quietly longed to explore the seamy sex lives of the Puritans? Well, now you can, thanks to the Partnership of Historic Bostons. The nonprofit launched in 1999 to celebrate the historical connection between our Boston and Boston, Lincolnshire, England, founded in 1086. This fall, they’ll run a series of free events about “Passionate Puritans: Marriage, Love, and Sex in 17th-Century Massachusetts.’’ Smelling salts not included. The series kicks off on Sept. 7 at 4:30 p.m. with a walking tour, followed by a scintillating lineup led by Puritan historians and scholars (who appear to have a sense of humor). Visit the mansion of an ex-governor who married a friend’s young paramour, listen to the love letters of John Winthrop, learn about Boston’s blue-bloodiest sex scandals, and attend scholarly talks about love and romance among our forefathers at locations throughout the city. The series runs through October. 

For a full list of events, visit

Kara Baskin can be reached at

Boston Globe, September 3, 2016

Rose Doherty, A Tale of Two Bostons: The History of Boston, England & Boston, New England   Click here to listen.

"Paper Pilgrims: Reflections on Life & Letters in Early New England" by Katherine Grandjean

Professor Katherine Grandjean was part of our panel at the Old State House during Charter Day 2015.  She also led a lively discussion of her book in February, 2016, for the Partnership at Massachusetts Historical Society. 

Click here to read the article.

Reprinted by permission of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Katherine Grandjean, “Paper Pilgrims: Reflections on Life & Letters in Early New England.” American Ancestors vol. 17, no. 1 (winter 2016): 33-36. For more information about American Ancestors magazine and the New England Historic Genealogical Society, visit

The Pleasure of the Taste pictured in an article about the 1630 Shop
Fanueil Hall Marketplace

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"Purveyors: Haute History"
Improper Bostonian 17 February to 1 March  2016

Boston 1630 started as a pop-up shop on Newbury Street before the holidays and now has a permanent home at Faneuil Hall Marketplace.  "Tourists and Bostonians can browse a selection of antiques and ware by local makers that reflect New England's rich history."  We are so proud that Boston 1630 has stocked The Pleasure of the Taste from the beginning.

Boston Magazine

24 November 2015

Three 17th-Century Recipes to Try This Thanksgiving

Thanks to a new recipe book from the Partnership of the Historic Bostons, you can cook a feast like the Puritans did.  Click here for the review.  Consider The Pleasure of the Taste for yourself or holiday gift giving.

WGBHs "Craving Boston"  30 October 2015
Amanda Balagur feasts with local historians during Boston Charter Day 2015 to find out what early New Englanders ate and tells all about the evening.  Click here to read "Learn To Eat Like A Puritan Settler."
Loyal Nine’s Marc Sheehan Cooks a 17th-Century Meal

Click here to read the article by Ryan Molloy

Freedom Trail Newsletter September 2015
Boston Charter Day 2015 celebrations take place this month highlighting "Food and Drink in Early Boston." Old State House will participate with a free lecture on Monday, September 21 at 7:00 p.m. with "The Proof Is in the Pudding: New England's First Food Fight," a discussion about Native American and English food traditions.
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