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The Strand Theatre Fire

The Strand Theatre Fire

The 1941 Brockton Tragedy and the Fallen Thirteen

  • Author: James E. Benson & Nicole B. Casper,Brockton Fire Chief,Retired
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
  • ISBN: 1625857985
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 128
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On March 10, 1941, at 12:38 a.m., the Brockton Fire Department responded to Fire Alarm Box 1311, which was pulled for a fire at the Strand Theatre. Fire Alarm dispatched the deputy chief, three engine companies, a ladder company and Squad A. Within six minutes, a second alarm was struck. Less than one hour after the first alarm, the roof of the Strand collapsed, and what appeared to be a routine fire turned into a disaster that killed thirteen firefighters and injured more than twenty others. The disaster marks one of the largest losses of life to firefighters from a burning building collapse in the United States. Jim Benson and Nicole Casper chronicle this devastating tragedy and celebrate the community’s heroes and resilience in the face of adversity.

The Brockton Tragedy at Moosehead Lake

The Brockton Tragedy at Moosehead Lake

  • Author: James E. Benson,Nicole B. Casper
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
  • ISBN: 1439664226
  • Category: Photography
  • Page: 128
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On May 13, 1928, ten prominent men of Brockton, Massachusetts, headed off on a fishing trip to Moosehead Lake in Maine. After traveling fourteen hours, the group met Maine guide Samuel Budden and boarded the Mac II for the final voyage to their destination. Approximately six miles from the Tomhegan sporting camp, the boat took on water in rough seas and sank, taking Budden and all but one of the adventurers to a watery grave. Jim Benson and Nicole Casper chronicle this horrific tragedy and its legacy in two New England communities.

The Swedes of Greater Brockton

The Swedes of Greater Brockton

  • Author: James E. Benson,Lloyd F. Thompson
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
  • ISBN: 9780738508511
  • Category: History
  • Page: 128
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Swedes came to America filled with hope tempered by the uncertainties of new surroundings, customs, and language. The first Swede to arrive in Brockton, then North Bridgewater, was Daniel Larson (Lawson), in 1844. Since that time, Swedish immigrants and their descendants have left a profound and positive imprint on the character of this region. With an excellent collection of more than two hundred vintage images, The Swedes of Greater Brockton tells the unique story of the immigration to this area of Massachusetts. Greater Brockton was the shoe-manufacturing center of the United States, with such factories as W.L. Douglas, George E. Keith, and D.W. Field. These magnets of immigration drew thousands to the region. Within these pages, meet hundreds of these Swedish immigrants and their descendants. Join in their journey to America, visit their homes, churches, and places of business, and experience their leisure activities. Learn about the establishment of the "Swedish" churches-Lutheran, Congregational, Baptist, Methodist, and the Salvation Army-and see how the entrepreneurial spark in America caught fire in Brockton's Swedish community.

Historic Fires of Fall River

Historic Fires of Fall River

  • Author: Stefani Koorey PhD
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
  • ISBN: 1625856652
  • Category: Technology & Engineering
  • Page: 160
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Fall River’s textile boom in the nineteenth century brought with it a series of fiery disasters. The Big Fire of 1843 left more than one thousand people homeless and destroyed two hundred buildings, as well as twenty-some acres of land. After the Steiger Store Fire of 1916, mill owners pushed the city to replace horse-drawn brigades with fire engines. The intense heat from the Kerr Mill Thread Fire of 1987 melted hoses as first responders battled the blaze. Author Stefani Koorey chronicles the historic infernos of the Spindle City and celebrates the community’s resilience in the face of adversity.

Standing in Their Own Light

Standing in Their Own Light

African American Patriots in the American Revolution

  • Author: Judith L. Van Buskirk
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • ISBN: 0806158891
  • Category: History
  • Page: 312
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The Revolutionary War encompassed at least two struggles: one for freedom from British rule, and another, quieter but no less significant fight for the liberty of African Americans, thousands of whom fought in the Continental Army. Because these veterans left few letters or diaries, their story has remained largely untold, and the significance of their service largely unappreciated. Standing in Their Own Light restores these African American patriots to their rightful place in the historical struggle for independence and the end of racial oppression. Revolutionary era African Americans began their lives in a world that hardly questioned slavery; they finished their days in a world that increasingly contested the existence of the institution. Judith L. Van Buskirk traces this shift to the wartime experiences of African Americans. Mining firsthand sources that include black veterans’ pension files, Van Buskirk examines how the struggle for independence moved from the battlefield to the courthouse—and how personal conflicts contributed to the larger struggle against slavery and legal inequality. Black veterans claimed an American identity based on their willing sacrifice on behalf of American independence. And abolitionists, citing the contributions of black soldiers, adopted the tactics and rhetoric of revolution, personal autonomy, and freedom. Van Buskirk deftly places her findings in the changing context of the time. She notes the varied conditions of slavery before the war, the different degrees of racial integration across the Continental Army, and the war’s divergent effects on both northern and southern states. Her efforts retrieve black patriots’ experiences from historical obscurity and reveal their importance in the fight for equal rights—even though it would take another war to end slavery in the United States.

The Many-Headed Muse

The Many-Headed Muse

Tradition and Innovation in Late Classical Greek Lyric Poetry

  • Author: Pauline A. LeVen
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 1107018536
  • Category: History
  • Page: 386
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Examines Greek songs composed between 440 and 323 BC and argues for the vividness and diversity of lyric culture.

Jonas Salk

Jonas Salk

A Life

  • Author: Charlotte DeCroes Jacobs
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN: 0199334412
  • Category: Medical
  • Page: 559
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"He first full biography of Jonas Salk offers a complete picture of the enigmatic figure, from his early years working on an influenza vaccine--for which he never fully got credit--to his seminal creation of the Polio vaccine, up through his later work to find a cure for AIDS"--

Along Old Canada Road

Along Old Canada Road

  • Author: James E. Benson
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
  • ISBN: 9780738556659
  • Category: History
  • Page: 127
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Beginning in the town of Solon, Old Canada Road winds for nearly 80 miles through the Upper Kennebec and Dead River Valleys before ending at the Canadian border. Following ancient aboriginal trails and early trade routes to Quebec City, Old Canada Road was traveled by Benedict Arnold and his army of 1,100 men in their failed 1775 quest to capture Quebec. By the mid-19th century the small villages along the route grew as the immigration of French Canadians blossomed and logging became a major industry in the region. This pristine wilderness also became a sportsman's paradise, attracting wealthy families from Boston, New York, and beyond. Today the Forks and West Forks cater to a new breed of sport as the center of white-water rafting on the Kennebec and Dead Rivers. The region is a major hub for snowmobiling, hunting, and hiking throughout the year.

Brockton Revisited

Brockton Revisited

  • Author: James E. Benson
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
  • ISBN: 9780738576688
  • Category: History
  • Page: 128
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Brockton, the "City of Champions," earned this title through its fame for championship sports teams and its most famous hometown sports hero, undefeated boxing heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano. The city was home to many more champions, ranging from great shoe industry barons, such as George E. Keith and William L. Douglas, to the immigrants who worked behind the shoe bench and the entrepreneurs who followed the shoe industry, making Brockton a world center of shoe manufacturing. Established as a city in 1881, Brockton was progressive and proud as the 20th century dawned. Brockton Revisited takes readers through the city's pinnacle of prestige and power and an idyllic time in history in the 1950s and 1960s. Many photographs were taken by Stanley Bauman; they tell the story of those fun-filled postwar days and chronicle Brockton's history.

The Enchanted Forest

The Enchanted Forest

Memories of Maryland's Storybook Park

  • Author: Janet Kusterer,Martha Anne Clark
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
  • ISBN: 1625845944
  • Category: Photography
  • Page: 144
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The history of the Enchanted Forest is one of magical beginnings. When it first opened in 1955, Ellicott City's storybook land became the first children's theme park on the East Coast. Young visitors could climb aboard rides like the Little Toot tugboat, Mother Goose and Ali Baba or encounter animals like peacocks and burros. Upon its closing in 1989, Marylanders who cherished memories of the Enchanted Forest were deeply disappointed. However, many of the park's beloved figures were moved to nearby Clark's Elioak Farm, where they were restored and displayed to the delight of new generations. Even today, the farm is a popular destination that evokes the whimsical spirit of the iconic park. Local author Janet Kusterer and Martha Anne Clark of Elioak Farm trace the park's history through vintage images and interviews with the Harrison family, former employees and visitors. Join Kusterer and Clark to rediscover the magic of the Enchanted Forest.

Duke Ellington and His World

Duke Ellington and His World

  • Author: A. H. Lawrence
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1135880611
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 542
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Based on lengthy interviews with Ellington's bandmates, family, and friends, Duke Ellington and His World offers a fresh look at this legendary composer. The first biography of the composer written by a fellow musician and African-American, the book traces Ellington's life and career in terms of the social, cultural, political, and economic realities of his times. Beginning with his birth in Washington, DC, through his first bands and work at the legendary Cotton Club, to his final great extended compositions, this book gives a thorough introduction to Ellington's music and how it was made. It also illuminates his personal life because, for Ellington, music was his life and his life was a constant inspiration for music.

The Circus Age

The Circus Age

Culture and Society under the American Big Top

  • Author: Janet M. Davis
  • Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
  • ISBN: 0807861499
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 360
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A century ago, daily life ground to a halt when the circus rolled into town. Across America, banks closed, schools canceled classes, farmers left their fields, and factories shut down so that everyone could go to the show. In this entertaining and provocative book, Janet Davis links the flowering of the early-twentieth-century American railroad circus to such broader historical developments as the rise of big business, the breakdown of separate spheres for men and women, and the genesis of the United States' overseas empire. In the process, she casts the circus as a powerful force in consolidating the nation's identity as a modern industrial society and world power. Davis explores the multiple "shows" that took place under the big top, from scripted performances to exhibitions of laborers assembling and tearing down tents to impromptu spectacles of audiences brawling, acrobats falling, and animals rampaging. Turning Victorian notions of gender, race, and nationhood topsy-turvy, the circus brought its vision of a rapidly changing world to spectators--rural as well as urban--across the nation. Even today, Davis contends, the influence of the circus continues to resonate in popular representations of gender, race, and the wider world.

Matchless Memories

Matchless Memories

  • Author: Bill & Carole
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781367764125
  • Category:
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A book about the children and grandchildren of Bill & Carole Greene for the year 2014.

The Great Fires of Lynn

The Great Fires of Lynn

  • Author: Bill Conway,Diane Shephard
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
  • ISBN: 9780738545530
  • Category: History
  • Page: 127
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Using photographs from the extensive collection of the Lynn Museum and Historical Society, Bill Conway, former deputy fire chief of the Lynn Fire Department, and Diane Shephard look back on Lynn's great fires and how the city has picked itself up from the ashes.

Secrets of Los Angeles

Secrets of Los Angeles

A 1920s Sourcebook to the City of Angels

  • Author: Peter Aperlo,Paul Carrick
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781568822136
  • Category: Games
  • Page: 190
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A Call of Cthulhu Roleplaying Game Sourcebook for the city of Los Angeles

The Sounds of Early Cinema

The Sounds of Early Cinema

  • Author: Richard Abel,Rick R. Altman
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • ISBN: 9780253108708
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 344
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The Sounds of Early Cinema is devoted exclusively to a little-known, yet absolutely crucial phenomenon: the ubiquitous presence of sound in early cinema. "Silent cinema" may rarely have been silent, but the sheer diversity of sound(s) and sound/image relations characterizing the first 20 years of moving picture exhibition can still astonish us. Whether instrumental, vocal, or mechanical, sound ranged from the improvised to the pre-arranged (as in scripts, scores, and cue sheets). The practice of mixing sounds with images differed widely, depending on the venue (the nickelodeon in Chicago versus the summer Chautauqua in rural Iowa, the music hall in London or Paris versus the newest palace cinema in New York City) as well as on the historical moment (a single venue might change radically, and many times, from 1906 to 1910). Contributors include Richard Abel, Rick Altman, Edouard Arnoldy, Mats Björkin, Stephen Bottomore, Marta Braun, Jean Châteauvert, Ian Christie, Richard Crangle, Helen Day-Mayer, John Fullerton, Jane Gaines, André Gaudreault, Tom Gunning, François Jost, Charlie Keil, Jeff Klenotic, Germain Lacasse, Neil Lerner, Patrick Loughney, David Mayer, Domi-nique Nasta, Bernard Perron, Jacques Polet, Lauren Rabinovitz, Isabelle Raynauld, Herbert Reynolds, Gregory A. Waller, and Rashit M. Yangirov.

1990 Census of Population

1990 Census of Population

Social and economic characteristics. Metropolitan areas

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Metropolitan areas
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Ten Things Your Student with Autism Wishes You Knew

Ten Things Your Student with Autism Wishes You Knew

  • Author: Ellen Notbohm
  • Publisher: BookBaby
  • ISBN: 1935274333
  • Category: Education
  • Page: 117
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Winner of an iParenting Media Award and Finalist in the 2006 ForeWord Book of the Year Awards! Ellen Notbohm’s first book, Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew, was a shot heard throughout the worldwide autism community. Now, for the teacher in all of us comes Ten Things Your Student with Autism Wishes You Knew. The unique perspective of a child’s voice is back to help us understand the thinking patterns that guide their actions, shape an environment conducive to their learning style, and communicate with them in meaningful ways. This book affirms that autism imposes no inherent upper limits on achievement, that both teacher and child “can do it.” It’s the game plan every educator, parent, or family member needs to make the most of every “teaching moment” in the life of these children we love.

Lost Springfield, Massachusetts

Lost Springfield, Massachusetts

  • Author: Derek Strahan
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
  • ISBN: 1439659524
  • Category: Photography
  • Page: 160
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At the end of the nineteenth century, the U.S. Armory opened in Springfield, spurring rapid growth. With that golden age of progress came iconic buildings and landmarks that are now lost to time. Railroads brought workers eager to fill Springfield’s factories and enterprises like Smith & Wesson, Merriam Webster and Indian Motorcycles. The Massasoit House Hotel, the Church of the Unity and the Daniel B. Wesson mansion once served as symbols of the city’s grandeur. Forest Park grew into an upscale residential neighborhood of Victorian mansions. Join local historian Derek Strahan as he returns Springfield to its former glory, examining the people, events and—most importantly—places that helped shape the City of Firsts.

Fall River Revisited

Fall River Revisited

  • Author: Stefani Koorey,Fall River History Club
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
  • ISBN: 0738576840
  • Category: History
  • Page: 127
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Founded in 1803, Fall River changed its name the following year to Troy, after a resident visiting Troy, New York, enjoyed the city. In 1834, the name was officially changed back to Fall River. The city's motto, "We'll Try," originates from the determination of its residents to rebuild the city following a devastating fire in 1843. The fire resulted in 20 acres in the center of the village being destroyed, including 196 buildings, and 1,334 people were displaced from their homes. Once the capital of cotton textile manufacturing in the United States, by 1910, Fall River boasted 43 corporations, 222 mills, and 3.8 million spindles, producing two miles of cloth every minute of every working day in the year. The workforce was comprised of immigrants from Ireland, England, Scotland, Canada, the Azores, and, to a lesser extent, Poland, Italy, Greece, Russia, and Lebanon.