Patriot’s Day, Then and Now

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Cover page for the "Celebration of the First Battle of the Revolution" program

While not a national holiday in the United States, Patriot’s Day is a day of great import in Massachusetts, the state of its inception.  An official state holiday since 1894, Patriot’s Day commemorates the seminal Revolutionary War Battle of Lexington and Concord fought on April 19, 1775, and the Civil War Riot in Baltimore of April 19, 1861. Read more

Celebrating National Poetry Month

Story Poems - CountryLife, HannahJane, The Hanging of the Crane

Those of you who follow @PEMLibrary on Twitter know that I have been highlighting poetry from our collections in honor of National Poetry Month.  While writing those tweets I reminisced about the many times I read poetry to my infant daughter; the rhythm of the poems relaxed us during those long nights of teething and to this day, poetry is included in our reading choices.  So, it was enjoyable for me to peruse the collection and find items of interest.  The more I looked for examples for the tweets, the more I realized a blog would also be appropriate to further represent our poetry collection. Read more