Jul
28

On This Day in Mass History the Inventor of Tupperware is Born

      tupperwaread…in 1907, Earl Tupper, inventor of Tupperware, was born. Raised in central Massachusetts, birthplace of the plastics industry, he was a compulsive tinkerer, inventing, among hundreds of other things, a fish-powered boat. When none of his ventures succeeded, he took a job in a Leominster plastics factory and in 1938 founded his own company. After much trial and error, he came up with the “wonderbowl,” which had an airtight “burping” seal. Sales did not take off until a woman named Brownie Wise persuaded him that Tupperware should be sold where it could be demonstrated — at home parties. Thanks to the quality of the product and Brownie Wise’s success at mobilizing a sales force of “Tupperware Ladies,” the Massachusetts-based company spawned a global enterprise. Click here to read more.

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Jul
22

Remember: Folk Festival is this Weekend

folk festival sugar bearsClick here to see what performer is playing where. See you there!

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Jul
21

On This Day: German U-Boat Attacks Cape Cod

 

    U-Boat  “…in 1918, people in the Cape Cod town of Orleans were astonished to see a German U-boat surface offshore and begin firing on an unarmed tugboat and the four barges it was pulling. Torpedoes set the tug ablaze and injured its crew, while constant shelling sank the barges. Thanks to the skill and courage of Coast Guardsmen, everyone was rescued. Some of the shells fired from the sub landed on the beach, making this the first time the U.S. mainland had been attacked since the War of 1812 and the only time the country was attacked during World War I. The state had been producing arms, vehicles, and supplies for the war effort and sending soldiers abroad, but no one expected what occurred that Sunday in Orleans.” Click here for the rest of the story.

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Jul
17

On This Day in 1989 Yiddish Book Rescuer Wins Genius Grant

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“In 1989, an Amherst man who had spent more than a decade scrounging in dumpsters, basements, and attics was awarded a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant.” Aaron Lansky led an initially quixotic campaign to save Yiddish books and, in the process, Yiddish culture. As Jews from eastern and central Europe assimilated to new homelands, they abandoned the language and the literature of their parents and grandparents. Lansky traveled across the U.S. and around the world rescuing Yiddish books. With his MacArthur money, he opened the National Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, which houses the world’s largest collection of Yiddish literature and is now “one of the most visited and talked about Jewish tourist destinations in the world.” Here is the rest of the story.

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Jul
17

Lego Quest is Awesome!

Are you an expert Lego builder? Join the Lego Club for two special sessions where we will be completing some exciting Lego building challenges. The first session is Monday, July 21 and the second session is Monday, July 28.  Start time for both dates is 10:30 AM. For Grades 2 – 4. Sign up required. Call 978-674-1529 or visit the ground floor Children’s Desk to sign up.

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