New England roundup #7

Independence Day parade in Portland, Maine, on July 4, 1910. Harry Miles Freeman photograph collection, Maine Historical Society.
Independence Day parade in Portland, Maine, on July 4, 1910. Harry Miles Freeman photograph collection, Maine Historical Society.

The illustration for today’s Independence Day edition of the roundup comes from the Maine Memory Network, organized by the Maine Historical Society. The MHS has been tweeting images of Fourths of July past all week.

On to the roundup:

  • A new report [pdf] from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation finds “adult obesity rates in New England are lower than in most other areas of the country, but are rising.” The lowest rate of obesity in New England is Connecticut’s 21.4. Maine, at 25.8, had the highest rate in the region, but is still only the 29th most obese state overall. The South included 10 of the 11 most obese states.
  • The Times-Argus reports on New Hampshire map merchant David Allen, who has uploaded a number of free, fairly high resolution scans of Vermont maps to his business’s website. Particularly interesting is this 1780 map from the Vermont Republic era, which also shows parts of New Hampshire, New York, Massachusetts, and Canada, and has a sort-of “southeast-on-top” orientation.
  • An economist at the New England Public Policy Center at the Boston Fed reports that the region will, due to its relatively older population, be the first to encounter a crisis in public pensions.

About this feature: Each week, I compile recent articles and other items relating to New England’s history, its regional identity, and its future. If you come across something interesting or relevant, please submit it for inclusion in a future post. Click here for previous roundups.

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