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Mass Moments

Your daily slice of Massachusetts history.

Massachusetts residents have made their mark on history, shaping the life of the Commonwealth and the Nation., a project of Mass Humanities, provides a daily slice of this history through entries that explore a significant moment attached to each day of the year. Researched and written by historians, the entries offer fresh angles on well-known events and uncover histories that may be new to you.  Each one includes an audio recording of the text.

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Red Sox parade 2004
From the October 27 entry on the Red Sox World Series victory in 2004.

Teacher Resources

Educators can use Mass Moments to prepare lesson plans, engage students in research, and plan for field trips.

Mass Moments also offers free lesson plans for elementary, middle school, and high school students. Developed by the Mass Moments editorial staff in consultation with K-12 educators, the lesson plans include primary documents, learning activities, and suggested resources.

Visit the Teacher Resources page to learn more.

Harriet Lawrence Hememway, from the September 9 entry on the founding of Mass Audubon.


The Mass Moments editorial team organizes entries under themes, offering users a chance to explore multiple stories on these topics:

  •       Agriculture
  •       Architecture
  •       Artists
  •       Black History
  •       Business
  •       Celebrities
  •       Crime
  •       Disasters
  •       Education
  •       Entertainment
  •       Firsts
  •       Immigration
  •       Industry
  •       Inventions
  •       Journalism
  •       Labor
  •       Law
  •       Literature
  •       Maritime History
  •       Medicine
  •       Military
  •       Movies
  •       Music
  •       Native Americans
  •       Natural History
  •       Politics
  •       Protest
  •       Recreation
  •       Reform
  •       Religion
  •       Science
  •       Sports
  •       Strikes
  •       Traditions
  •       Universities
  •       Weather
  •       Women’s History


Mass Humanities launched Mass Moments in 2005 with seed funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities’ “We the People” initiative. A team of scholars, Mass Humanities staff, and editors curated the content of the site, which was redesigned in 2017 by Rhyme Digital, LLC.

Audio versions of each Mass Moment are read by Jack Clancy and engineered by Alan Sahatijan. The musical theme in each is the State Song, “All Hail to Massachusetts,” composed by Arthur Marsh, with arrangement and performance by Gideon Freudmann and Mark Herschler of the duo Broque.

Mass Moments is made possible by support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and generous donors like you.

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