New England roundup #14

  • Flyer advertising 1923 Labor Day rail excursion to Peaks Island, ME (Broadside Collection, Maine Historical Society, click for details)
    Flyer advertising 1923 Labor Day rail excursion to Peaks Island, ME (Broadside Collection, Maine Historical Society, click for details)

    Happy Labor Day! The Maine Historical Society—which, John Quincy Adams’ tweets notwithstanding, outdoes its New England peers in its embrace of social media—calls attention to a 1923 Labor Day celebration documented in its digital archives: a rail-and-ferry excursion to Peaks Island, with “attractions for everyone,” ranging from “base ball” to a trapeze act.

  • Out next month: Eden on the Charles: The Making of Boston, an account of the city’s nineteenth-century urbanization taking an environmental history perspective, by Brooklyn College’s Michael Rawson.
  • In an interview, Clyde W. Barrow, of UMass Dartmouth’s Center for Policy Analysis and its New England Gaming Research Project, forecasts that expanded gaming in New Hampshire, Maine, and especially Massachusetts would result in declines in patronage and revenues at Connecticut’s casinos and Rhode Island’s “racinos.” Nevertheless, Barrow is bullish on “one of New England’s largest growth industries.” (Although the UMass center is fully state-funded, the same does not seem to be the case for the first-ever New England Gaming Summit, scheduled for September 20-21 at Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut.)
  • Meanwhile, New England’s biggest industry—tourism—was buoyed this summer by “perfect weather,” the Associated Press reports, citing state tourism officials, highway tolls, hotel occupancy rates, and other barometers. But tourist traffic isn’t necessarily translating into greater spending.
  • It can only help, though, that Earl spared Cape Cod, and the rest of New England.

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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