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Boston Church Receives $100K Lottery Ticket Donation

This article first appeared in Yahoo News and Good Morning America.

A Boston church experienced Christmas a week early when an anonymous donor gave the church a winning $100,000 lottery ticket with no strings attached.

“In a lot of ways it’s kind of like they gave us Christmas,” Fr. Tom Conway, executive director of St. Anthony’s Shrine in Boston, told ABC News. “It’s very touching and very generous.”

Conway said the donor, who wished to remain anonymous, had been in touch with the shrine’s director of development for a few weeks and brought the winning ticket to the shrine on Monday.

Conway, dressed in his Franciscan habit, and the director of development, Maryanne Rooney-Hegan, then took the ticket to the Massachusetts State Lottery office in Brainbridge. Conway described it as a surreal moment.

“I’m there with a habit and a $100,000 ticket and everyone else is cashing their smaller cash winnings,” he said with a laugh. “The joke is that it’s not something that they teach in the seminary, but these things happen.”

The church took home $70,000 in a lump sum payment after taxes. It is home to 28 Franciscan Friars and is financially independent from the Catholic Church, according to Conway.

The donated ticket was purchased at Cal’s News in Lynn, Massachusetts, a lottery spokesman told ABC News. The store is located about 30 minutes from the shrine.

“The donor didn’t ask for any of it back but just said it’s yours, I just want to give it to you,” Conway said. “It’s really pretty remarkable.”

The $70,000 will be used to cover the shrine’s annual Christmas activities, which include buying groceries for 500 needy families, hosting a post-Christmas dinner for veterans and paying musicians who perform at the shrine’s 14 Christmas weekend services.

The money will also help pay for Christmas presents for children, including one young boy who touched the hearts of Conway and the shrine’s staff and volunteers.

“A 5-year-old boy who came in with a woman for groceries was crying and one of our volunteers asked why,” Conway recalled. “The woman said he’s been in a foster family for two weeks and he’s afraid that Santa won’t be able to find him.”

“We’re going to make sure that this family has a nice Christmas,” he said. “The lottery money will take care of it.”


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Boston Public Library: Spend a few hours here

The 1st municipal public library in the U.S.

With a collection of over 23.7 million items you can practically hear book pages rustling as you walk up the steps.

The Boston Public Library, BPL, is a municipal public library system encompassing several locations. The Central Library is located in Copley Square in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood.

It is also the Library for the Commonwealth which means that all adult residents of the commonwealth are entitled to borrowing and research privileges, and the library receives state funding.

The Boston Public Library is Free and Fun!

The architecture of the Central Boston Public Library is another great example of amazing buildings in Boston. Plus, the artwork housed inside is museum-worthy and FREE to enjoy.

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Public Tours

The Boston Public Library offers daily FREE public tours by trained volunteer guides.

Tours last approximately one hour and begin from the McKim Building vestibule, through the library’s Dartmouth Street entrance.

Private tours, Student Groups and a self-guided walking tour are also available.

Collections of Distinction

According to their website the Library’s Collections of Distinction represent the most outstanding, expansive, and renowned of the Boston Public Library’s physical collections.

Featured collections include:

Programs & Events

The Boston Public Library hosts thousands of programs and dozens of exhibitions each year. Find out more about these events, which are free to all.

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Boston’s North End Restaurants

What are your favorite North End Restaurants?

The North End is Boston’s oldest Neighborhood. A one-square-mile waterfront community close to Faneuil Hall, The Freedom Trail, and The Old North Church. It isn’t dubbed Boston’s “Little Italy” by accident.

Top Picks for North End Restaurants

Some say the North End is THE place to eat in Boston. We know there are many great establishments to choose from all over the city, but our “Little Italy” does have an amazing selection of restaurants. 

There are over 100 restaurants, bakeries, and cafes to choose from and most of them are Italian. No matter what you are craving, you are sure to find something here you will love.

Hanover Street is the main street in the North End. It’s a good place to start. Sip espresso, enjoy some gelato, shop at boutiques, check out a bakery…the possibilities are endless.

After that, venture out onto some side streets and be sure to check out Salem Street, which runs parallel to Hanover. Discover a butcher, fish markets, flower shops, more bakeries, don’t forget the liquor stores, and much more.

Here is a list of a few of our favorite North End Restaurants:

 Regina  Pizzeria

Voted the #1 Pizza in Boston. Their website states “North End Brick Oven Pizza since 1926.”

“Welcome to Boston’s Original Pizzeria!” For over three generations, Regina’s delicious brick over pizza has been inspired by the love of good food and the special pride of the Polcari Family.

If you really like pizza–I mean REALLY love pizza, check out the North End Pizza Tour. Enjoy a walking tour of historic Boston, taste pizza from three popular pizzerias, and learn some Boston history from a knowledgeable guide.

Mike’s Pastry

Mike has 50 year of experience in baking. His comprehensive knowledge of traditional Italian baking techniques and recipes have been gathered from all over Italy (and the world). He specialized in traditional Italian pastries, biscotti, cakes, torrone, cookies, pies, squares, gelati, and marzipan.

Check out his website for more information.

Modern Pastry

Modern Pastry is a family owned and operated Italian Bakery. Three generations of innovative master chefs utilize over 150 years of “Old World” Italian recipes, methods, and experience. They offer:

  • Imported goods
  • Hand-made cookies
  • Traditional Italian cakes and pastry
  • Fresh baked pies
  • Custom and wedding cakes

Ristorante Limoncello

Ristorante Limoncello is a very amazing, but often overlooked gem.  You will find authentic dishes such as squid ink fettuccine, veal saltimbocca, and chicken Parmesan. Don’t forget to try the meatballs– a family recipe and cost only $5.

Located on the Freedom Trail, just a few doors down from the Paul Revere House in North Square.

Terramia Ristorante

According to their website:

Carla Gomes Agripino opened Terramia Ristorante in 1993 with executive chef and Salerno native, Mario Nocera. Terramia transformed old world classics into new world masterpieces. You won’t be disappointing with this great twist on Italian.

The Daily Catch

A Sicilian-Style Seafood & Pasta restaurant. The Daily Catch’s North End location is the original one founded in 1973.  With only twenty seats, you are guaranteed fast, efficient service and fresh seafood! Classic dishes and weekly specials keep bringing people back.

Let us know where you love to eat in Boston’s North End.

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Old North Church, Boston

Plan a visit to Old North Church

Whether you’re on a family vacation, touring Boston on a business trip, or planning an educational field trip, the Old North Church is a fantastic place to visit! It is perfect for groups, individuals, tourists, locals, and school children.

This historical site is located in Boston’s North End and is part of the Freedom Trail.

Everyone is also welcome to attend a Sunday worship service at
9am & 11am.

The History of The Old North Church

Christ Church, better known as The Old North Church, is an Episcopal congregation founded in 1722. It played a pivotal role in the beginning of the American Revolution.

One if by land, two if by sea

According to the website The Old North Foundation, on the evening of April 18, 1775, church sexton, Robert Newman, and Vestryman Capt. John Pulling, Jr. climbed the steeple and held high two lanterns as a signal from Paul Revere that the British were marching to Lexington and Concord by sea across the Charles River and not by land.

Old Church is Boston’s oldest surviving church building and most visited historical site. Each year, a half a million visitors make the trip to Boston to experience this unique and stirring monument to liberty.

Tours are available every 30 minutes

Old North Church offer Behind the Scenes tours everyday! It is a 30 minute tour that will take you to the historic bell tower and into the crypt below the church.  Register in the gift shop to reserve your spot. Tours are offered every half-hour (except 12:00 and 12:30pm) during regular visitors hours.

The Old North Church campus also includes the Printing Office of Edes & Gill and Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop. Don’t miss these interesting stops!

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Harvard Yard: A nice Boston day trip

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Harvard Yard is 22 acres of sprawling grass and sidewalks in the heart of Harvard’s campus.

A leisurely stroll through Harvard Yard is a great way to soak up more of Boston’s amazing architecture and history, while observing the future of America in their natural academic setting.

Glimpse students relaxing, studying, socializing or dashing madly to class.

If you time it right, you could even tag along on one of the Unofficial Harvard Tours.

A traditional event to see (or avoid) happens at the stroke of midnight on the first day of finals. Harvard students strip down to their birthday suits and run laps around Harvard Yard, screaming as loud as they can to relieve exam tension.

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Things to Do in Harvard Yard

Besides just walking through and pondering about what life would have been like if you had been accepted to this Harry Potter-like school of academic wizardry, there are in fact, several key points of interest.

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The Memorial Church of Harvard University, more commonly known as the Harvard Memorial Church, is an interdenominational Protestant church.

The church was a gift from alumni and dedicated on Armistice Day 1932 in memory of those who died in World War I. An inscription over the South entrance to the Memorial Room reads:

“In grateful memory of the Harvard men who died in the World War we have built this Church.”

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According to their website: The Peabody Museum was founded in 1866 and is one of the oldest museums in the world devoted to anthropology, the study of ancient and contemporary peoples and cultures. With 1.2 million objects, the Museum has one of the most important archaeological and ethnological—the study of human culture—collections in the world.

Harvard Art Museums

According to their website:

For more than a hundred years, the Harvard Art Museums (the Fogg Museum, Busch-Reisinger Museum, and Arthur M. Sackler Museum) have encouraged students, faculty, and the public to engage in critical looking and thinking.

The Harvard Art Museums are open to the public seven days a week at 32 Quincy Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at the edge of Harvard Yard.

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Libraries in the Yard include:

  • Widener Library. Harvard University’s flagship library.
  • Houghton Library. For rare books, manuscripts, and special collections.
  • Lamont Library. The main undergraduate library with a range of services that support the humanities and social sciences.

More things to do in and around Harvard Yard

  • Street musicians. Check out the artists near the T station
  • LA Burdicks. Grab a cup of hot chocolate
  • Brattle Theatre. Check out an old movie or documentary
  • Regatta Bar. Watch a live jazz concert
  • Eat or drink at Cambridge 1, Border Cafe, Om Lounge, and many more places.

What is your favorite thing to do in Harvard Yard? We want to know!

Boston’s Chinatown: Everything You Need to Know!

The paifang is a traditional Chinese architectural form at the Beach Street entrance of Boston’s Chinatown.

Boston has the 3rd Largest Chinatown in the United StatesBoston's Chinatown community garden

Boston’s Chinatown only comes in behind York and San Francisco for its size. Because it is a gathering place and home to many immigrants, Chinatown has a diverse culture and population. It has many things you would expect from a Chinatown (and a few surprises) such as:

  • History and culture
  • Great restaurants
  • Souvenir shops and boutiques
  • Chinese architecture
  • Chinatown park, which opened in the 1970’s, incorporates Chinese culture in its design.

Boston’s Chinatown is Easy to Get toBoston's Chinatown Foo Lions

This famous Boston district is located conveniently at the edge of Boston’s downtown shopping and financial districts allowing you to walk right into the town. You will pass through the traditional Boston Chinatown’s opening gate which was designed to ward off evil with two foo lions on either side of the entrance gate.

The MBTA Orange Line stops at the Chinatown station and the Tufts Medical Center station at the southern edge of the district.

Eating in Chinatown

Boston’s Chinatown features an array of Asian cuisine, from Chinese to Vietnamese to Japanese. There is no shortage of tea houses dim sum restaurants, and bakeries. A quick stroll through town will captivate your senses and start your stomach growling.

There are also many affordable options for grabbing a quick lunch or a nice dinner.

Interesting Fact: The corner of Oxford and Beach Streets marks the place where a community bulletin board once stood. This bulletin board notified the Chinatown community of jobs, events, and other announcements until 1991. Today, it is the location of the Vinh Sun BBQ and Restaurant.

Chung Wah Hong Market

If you are feeling like doing some grocery shopping head on over to 55 Beach St. where you will find the Chung Wah Hong Market. This bustling store is usually busy from early morning until late in the day. You can find a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables such as oranges, watercress, and baby bok choi in a stand on the sidewalk. Inside you will find traditional meats and a selection of more “exotic” cuts of meat and seafood including razor clams, large snails and whole fish. They also sell rooted bamboo by the stalk!

Events in Boston’s Chinatown

There are many community programs and events held in Chinatown annually, but the most noted are:

The Lion Dance Festival and Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year Parade marks the biggest annual celebration in Boston’s Chinatown and each year a new animal of the Chinese zodiac is celebrated.

Lion dancers perform and the name “Lion Dance” comes from the costumes worn by those in the parade who often wear lions or dragon costumes. The dance is part of the parade each year. In China, this celebration begins on the first day of the first month in the lunar calendar traditionally used in much of Asia. It is sometimes called the Lunar New Year, but it is different in Boston’s Chinatown based on when spring begins

The August Moon FestivalBoston's Chinatown lion dancers

The August Moon Festival or Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the most celebrated Chinese holidays. It is held on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month. Chinese families celebrate the end of the harvest season with a big feast.

Some of the activities include:

  • Chinese dough art is taught to any visitors who are interested
  • Children’s Chinese folk dancing
  • Martial arts performances
  • Lion dancers from around Chinatown and throughout the world who visit just for this festival.
  • Vendor booths for handmade and traditional Chinese items and food for sale
  • An evening performance by the Chinese Opera

Lantern Festival

Additionally, there is the annual Lantern Festival which is one of the largest tourist attractions and includes Lion Dances, Asian folk dances, martial arts performances, and traditional Chinese singing.

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Faneuil Hall: Everything you need to know

Faneuil Hall: A Brief History

Faneuil Hall started out as one building, in the style of an English country market, with the purpose of creating a place to gather and meet and discuss policies and politics.

It was dubbed “The Cradle of Liberty” in a speech given in 1890, by Julius Caesar Faneuil Hall outsideChappelle, one of the first black Republican legislators of Boston. The nickname stuck.

It is now part of a larger festival marketplace that includes three buildings: North Market, Quincy Market, and South Market. The trio make up an indoor/outdoor mall with numerous places to eat, shop, and see live entertainment.

The original building was built in 1740 near the waterfront in Dock Square. It took two years to build and was funded by its namesake, Peter Faneui, who was a merchant at the time. It is said that some of the money for the construction came from slave trading. Faneuil Hall was built by artist John Smibert as a marketing house with an open ground floor and an assembly room above.

Faneuil Hall burned down just 20 years later in 1761 and was rebuilt the next year, funded by the city of Boston.

The hall underwent and expansion in 1806 which included:

  • Doubling its height and adding a 3rd floor
  • Adding 4 new bays
  • Enclosed the open arcades
  • Moving the cupola to the other end of the building
  • Adding galleries around the assembly hall

Quincy Market was constructed nearby in 1824-26. And so as to not repeat the fire disaster of 1761, Faneuil Hall was entirely rebuilt of noncombustible materials  in 1898–1899.Faneuil Hall quincy market

Recent History of Faneuil Hall

Not surprising, Faneuil Hall was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960 and a few years later was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Finally, in 1994 the Boston Landmark Commission designated it as a Boston Landmark. It is also one of the stops on the Boston Freedom Trail.

Faneuil Hall TodayFaneuil Hall Marketplace

Today, the mixed-used Festival Marketplace has over 70 retailers, including shops unique only to Boston. There are also 40 businesses with office space in the marketplace.

You can also find restaurants and pubs and enjoy the Quincy Market Colonnade.Faneuil Hall inside

World-renowned street performers can be found entertaining up and down the cobblestone promenades with lively music and entertaining routines found no where else in the world.

You might also catch a school group, orchestra, church choir, or a’cappella group performing here.

Fun Facts and Historical Events for Faneuil Hall

  • Boston locals often use the name “Faneuil Hall” or “Fanueil” to refer to the entire neighborhood surrounding the building.
  • The grasshopper weather vane on top of the hall is a well known symbol of Boston.
  • According to Sean Hennessey, a National Park Service spokesman, some of Boston’s early slave auctions were located near Faneuil Hall.
  • During the British occupation of Boston in 1775 it was used for a theater.
  • Faneuil Hall includes many paintings and sculpture busts of Revolutionary War activists, pre Civil War abolitionists, and political leaders.
  • In 2008, Faneuil Hall was rated number 4 in America’s 25 Most Visited Tourist Sites by Forbes Travel Guide.
  • The Headquarters of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts has been in Faneuil Hall since 1746, currently on the 4th floor.
  • In 1979, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy gave a speech here declaring his candidacy for president. In 2004, Senator John Kerry also delivered his concession speech here.
  • The Hall is still used for political debates between Massachusetts candidates.
  • It has hosted the political show The O’Reilly Factor.

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What Exactly is The Boston Common?

Boston Common, often shortened to just “The Common” (don’t add an “s”, that would be incorrect) is a sprawling 50-acre park in the city of Boston that has changed significantly over the decades. The Common has been witness to many, many historic events and the changing landscape of Boston, and was not always an idyllic and peaceful park. Check out all the features it has today and the list of things it was used for in the past.

Location: The Boston Common is boarded by Tremont Street, Park Street, Beacon Street, Charles Street, and Boylston Street.

The Boston Common is the oldest city park in the United States

The Common was designated as a Boston Landmark in 1977 and declared a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 1987. It is part of the Emerald Necklace of parks and parkways that extend throughout the Boston area.

The Common’s Current Attractions

Today, the park is a bustling, beautiful outdoor area for the publicthe common frog pond to enjoy. Here is a list of some of the main attractions:

  • Visitor Center. Located on the Tremont Street side of the park.
  • Frog Pond. A public ice-skating rink in winter and a spray pool for children in the summer. The pond is located in the northern part of The Common.The common statue of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw
  • Ball Fields. People gather to play all sorts of sports included baseball, cricket, softball, rugby, soccer, and special events.
  • Tadpole Playground. A Children’s play area next to Frog Pond.
  • Sculptures  & Memorials. Several can be found throughout the park included the most famous one which depicts Colonel Robert Gould Shaw on a horse leading the Massachusetts 54th Regiment, the first all-volunteer black regiment in the Union army.

The Boston Common’s Checkered Past

Before it became something as peaceful as a public park it was used for many types of things, some of them not so pleasant.

  • It was once owned by the the first European settler of Boston, William Blaxton.
  • Blaxton sold it to Puritan founders of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
  •  During the 1630s it was used to graze cows until they were formally banned by Mayor Harrison Gray Otis.
  • The Common was used as a camp by the British before the American Revolutionary War.
  • American leaders George Washington, John Adams and General Lafayette celebrate the nation’s independence here.
  • The Great Elm stood in center of The Common and was used for public hangings until it was replaced with a gallows in 1769. It then became a symbol of the park and progress until it was destroyed in a storm in 1876. A plaque commemorates the location of the elm.
  • On May 19, 1713, two hundred citizens rioted on The Common in reaction to a food shortage in the city.
  • In the early days (1830s or so) the Charles Street side were used as an unofficial dumping ground which drove potential visitors away with the smell. Eventually, in the summer of 1895,  this area was filled in with soil dug to create the Tremont Street Subway.
  • In the The 1860s it hosted Civil War recruitment and anti-slavery meetings.
  • The Oneida Football Monument memorializes the Common as the site of the first organized football games in the United States in 1862.
  • More recently, the Common was the site of two protests against the Vietnam War. One in 1965, attended by 100 people, and the 2nd in 1969 with 100,000 protestors.
  • Both Martin Luther King, Jr. and Pope John Paul II have given speeches in the park.

Sometimes you can walk right by a tree or a pond or a building and have no idea what it has seen and what it could tell you if it could talk.

 Staying in Boston

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5 Interesting Ways to Discover Boston Outdoors

Have you done all the usual touristy things in Boston? Are you ready for something unique? Check out these lesser known outdoor experiences while you are in Boston. You have the whole rest of the year to stay inside. Get out there!

Discovering Boston Outdoors

Summer isn’t over yet! We know there are tons of lists of all the touristy things you can do in Boston outdoors in the Summer, and those are all very cool (Freedom Trail, Swan Boats, catch a Red Sox Game). But we want to give you something a little more edgy and lesser known. Tell your friends about it and raise your in-the-know factor a few notches.

#1. Boston’s Best Outdoor Dining

Boston OutdoorsBoston Magazine recently published this fantastic article on THE BEST places to eat outdoors in Boston. Every journey must start with nourishment, so check out the list and pick a place to go!

#2. Explore some “secret gardens”

Well, the word “secret” just screams unconventional (or maybe we should whisper it). Either way, you will enjoy discovering these hidden gardens in some of the unlikeliest places. This is one of the best ways to experience Boston outdoors–it’s like a treasure hunt!

#3. Take a Tour of Fenway Park.

Take a behind-the-scenes tour of Fenway Park, one of America’s most beloved ball parks. According to their website Ballpark tours are available daily, year-round, during rain, snow and sunshine. Online tour tickets are available and released weekly. Please continue to check this website for up to date access and online sales.fenway park boston outdoors

#4. Urban Bass Fishing Trips on the Charles River

Do you like to fish? What about URBAN fishing? Have you always wanted to try it? Boston Bass Adventures offers one of kind guided bass fishing trips on 8 miles of Boston’s Charles River, all while taking in the amazing Boston skyline. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced anglers welcome!

boston skyline from boat outdoors

#5. Magazine Beach and Swimming Pool.

FREE SWIMMING! You can’t beat FREE! At 15 acres, Magazine Beach is Cambridge’s second largest park. It features a free outdoor swimming pool, soccer and baseball fields, exercise equipment, picnic areas and plenty of parking. This is the jackpot of Boston outdoors!

What do you like to do?

We’d love to hear how you like to spend your time outdoors in Boston. If you are looking for a place to stay while visiting Boston, check out our short-term apartment rentals in every Boston neighborhood.

12 Famous People from Boston

Are you from Boston? Well, you are in good company. Many famous people are from this great town! Check out your brothers and sisters who all hail from Bean Town!

Historic Famous People From Boston

They may be gone, but not forgotten. How many did you learn about in school?

Edgar Allen Poe. Writer (1809–1849). American writer, critic and editor Edgar Allan Poe is famous for his tales and poems of horror and mystery, including “The Raven”  and “The Fall of the House of Usher.”Famouse People statue of Paul Revere in Boston

Paul Revere. Folk Hero (1735–1818). Silversmith Paul Revere took part in the Boston Tea Party and famously alerted the Lexington Minutemen about the approach of the British in 1775

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. Supreme Court Justice (1841–1935). Civil War veteran Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. served as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice from 1902 to 1931. He was considered an expert on the common law.

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Sam Adams. U.S. Governor, Statesman (1722–1803). American Founding Father Samuel Adams helped organize the Boston Tea Party and signed the U.S. Declaration of Independence. And there is the Beer!

Frances Perkins. Civil Servant, Government Official (1880–1965). Frances Perkins was the first female to serve in the U.S. presidential cabinet. As secretary of labor, she helped with the New Deal and Social Security.Famous People Ben Franklin

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Benjamin Franklin. Diplomat, Scientist, Inventor, Writer (1706–1790). Benjamin Franklin is best known as one of the Founding Fathers who drafted the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States.

Christa McAuliffe. Educator (1948–1986). High school teacher Christa McAuliffe was the first American civilian selected to go into space. She died in the explosion of the space shuttle ‘Challenger’ in 1986.

Famous People in Entertainment

Leonard Nimoy. Film Actor, Television Actor (1931–2015). Leonard Nimoy is an actor who played Spock in both the 1960s TV series ‘Star Trek’ and several movies based on the show.

James Taylor. Guitarist, Songwriter, Singer (1948–). Singer-songwriter James Taylor creates music that combines folk, rock and pop sensibilities. His hit songs include “Fire and Rain” and “Shower the People.”

Bobby Brown. Singer (1969–). Singer Bobby Brown, known for hits including “Don’t Be Cruel” and “Humpin’ Around,” is also famous for his troubled marriage to Whitney Houston.

Jack Lemmon. Film Actor (1925–2001). The winner of two Oscars, Jack Lemmon was one of Hollywood’s finest actors, known for his roles in films like Some Like it Hot and The Odd Couple.

Donnie Wahlberg. Film Actor, Television Actor, Singer (1969–). Donnie Wahlberg was a member of the 1980s pop group New Kids on the Block (reunited in 2008), and is the brother of actor and rapper Mark Wahlberg.

Visiting Boston

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