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Month: January 2019

Boston Globe front page, January 16, 1919, describing the molasses tank explosion.

Centennial of a Disaster: The Great Molasses Flood

Just past noon, one hundred years ago today, a storage tank owned by the United States Industrial Alcohol Company. The 2.3 million gallons (8,706 tons) of molasses contained within it immediately started sweeping out like a tidal wave, destroying everything in its path. Horses, wagons, automobiles, buildings, and even the elevated railway line were destroyed.…
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525,600 Minutes: Seasons of Genealogy

Many of you may have picked up on the musical allusion in the title of this post as a takeoff on Seasons of Love from the musical Rent. You may have even sung the first part in your head. The beginning of a new year often brings us to reflection of the previous year, and…
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