"Massachusetts Chronicles" Examines State From Ancient Times To Modern Day

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — History is brewed like a tea leaf, over time. And the history of Massachusetts from the earliest times to the present day is chronicled in "The Massachusetts Chronicles," which was brewed just in time to celebrate the 250th Anniversary of the Boston Tea Party later this year.

Editor-in-Chief Christopher Lloyd says it's written in the style of a newspaper starting with the "untold stories of the indigenous people" who lived thousands of years before any Europeans discovered America to the highs and lows of the key moments through our shared history.

"If you think of it as just history, it's kind of limiting. It's the history of human experience in this place — where you will recognize the history of your community, but you can't avoid the history of other communities and that way we can all celebrate together now and into the future," Lloyd enthused.

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In 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed, and the 13 first states were born. Lloyd is working on writing a state chronicle for each, but the Massachusetts Chronicles is now in print, both in hardcover and in newspaper form, embedded with QR codes so one can click to hear figures from history speak — like Massachusetts' own President John F. Kennedy.

The 250th Committee is a non-profit pulling together a program across the states, nation, and world, to prepare for 2026.

Lloyd is working with the 250th Committee as well as tribes, Plimoth Patuxet and other museums, Plymouth 400, the Mass. Department of Education, and Bridgewater State University on the project. Lloyd says he hopes corporations will be excited to jump on board to help bring more of these chronicles to public schools in the Commonwealth and beyond.

WBZ's Laurie Kirby (LaurieWBZ) reports:

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