Nickname: Bay State, Old Colony State, Puritan State, Baked
Origin of Name: From Massachusetts tribe of Native Americans who lived in the Great Blue Hill region, south
of Boston. The Indian term means "at or about the Great Hill".
Massachusetts State Symbols:
Capital: Boston Motto: Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem (By the sword
we seek peace, but peace only under liberty) Massachusetts
Great Seal Bean: Navy Bean Berry: Cranberry Beverage: Cranberry Juice Bird: Black-Capped Chickadee (Penthestes atricapillus) Building Rock and Monument Stone: Granite Cat: Tabby Cat (Felis familiaris) Ceremonial March: The Road to Boston Cookie: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dessert: Boston Cream Pie Dog: Boston Terrier Explorer Rock: Dighton Rock Fish: Cod Flower:Mayflower Folk Dance: Square Dance Folk Hero: Johnny Appleseed Folk Song: "Massachusetts," words and music by Arlo Guthrie Fossil: Theropod
Dinosaur Game Bird: Wild Turkey Gem: Rhodonite Glee Club Song: The Great State of Massachusetts Historical Rock: Plymouth
Rock Horse: Morgan Horse Insect: Ladybug Marine Mammal: Right Whale (Eubabalena Glacialis) Mineral: Babingtonite Muffin: Corn Muffin Ode of the Commonwealth:Ode
to Massachusetts) Patriotic Song of the Commonwealth: "Massachusetts
(Because of You Our Land is Free)", words and music by Bernard Davidson Poem:Blue Hills of Massachusetts (includes State Seal of MA.) Rock: Roxbury Puddingstone Shell: New England Neptune Soil: Paxton Soil Series Song: All
Hail to Massachusetts (site includes music and lyrics) Tree: American Elm
Massachusetts is home to 150 public and private institutions of higher
learning and is recognized worldwide for its academic heritage and
reputation. Some of the well-known ones are Harvard, MIT, Holy Cross,
Tufts, Boston College, Boston University, and the University of Massachusetts.
Park in Boston, Massachusetts opened on April 20, 1912 and is
major league baseball's oldest ballpark.
The Pilgrims left Europe in 1620 to seek religious freedom. They made
a treacherous voyage across the Atlantic Ocean on a ship called the
Mayflower. The Mayflower was named after a flower known as
"Trailing Arbutus," an evergreen with a white flower that
has a pink center. The Pilgrims established their settlement at
Plymouth, MA in 1620.
They were followed shortly by the Puritans, who established the
Massachusetts Bay Colony. The Puritans named their colony after a
local Indian tribe whose name means "a large hill place."
The birthplace of many of the ideals of the American Revolution,
Massachusetts attracted people who believed in self-government.
Massachusetts became a leader in resisting British oppression. In
1773, the Boston Tea Party protested unjust taxation. The Minute Men started the American Revolution by battling British troops at
Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882), poet.
Paul Revere (1735 - 1818), silversmith and patriot. Midnight
Rider--A Paul Revere Virtual Museum
This site contains 5 exhibit halls with many activities to do.
Read the poem "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" by Longfellow.
Colonial women often placed pomander balls in baskets or cupboards to
hide cooking odors. They also carried them in handkerchiefs to sniff
to cover bad street odors.
Wash fruit and dry well. Insert whole cloves in skin, covering entire
surface of the fruit. Pre-punching holes into the fruit with a
ball-point pen or toothpick makes inserting the cloves easier.
Wrap fruit loosely in cheesecloth or place in a foil covered tray or
basket. If you wrap with cheesecloth you can also stick the tips of a
wire hairpin into the fruit. Wrap the fruit in a piece of
cheesecloth. and twist the cheesecloth together around the hairpin.
Use a piece of yarn to tie the cheesecloth onto the hairpin. Next tie
a ribbon bow around the yarn.
Store in a warm dry place till fruit shrinks and hardens, a week or
two then they are ready to use. Dried pomander balls can be placed in
a room to cover odors, a closet, or a drawer.
Need: 1 T. margarine, 2 ½ cups milk, ¾ cup cornmeal, 2
eggs, ½ cup molasses, ¼ t. salt
The first year the Pilgrims spent in America was difficult and harsh.
The Indians taught them how to create a pudding that featured
cornmeal with molasses as a sweetener. It became known as Indian Pudding.
Directions: Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease a
baking dish with the margarine. In a saucepan, mix the milk and
cornmeal together over medium heat, stirring often. Cook about 10 to
15 minutes or until thickened. In a bowl, lightly beat the eggs.
Gradually add the eggs to the cornmeal mixture, stirring constantly.
Add the molasses and salt. Stir. Remove cornmeal mixture from heat
and pour into the baking dish. Bake, uncovered, for about 45 minutes
and then serve warm.
Today the pudding is served topped with vanilla ice cream.