Boston Exchange Coffee House


The Exchange Coffee House in Boston was a hotel, exchange, coffee house, and meeting space, which included a dining room and ballroom. It was designed by the architect Asher Benjamin and was built in 1808. The first meeting of the American Antiquarian Society was held in this building before...

The American Spelling Book

Children's Literature

Noah Webster (1758-1843), best known for his compilation of the American English dictionary, was also famous in his day for The American Spelling Book. This book, first published in 1783, was a very popular textbook for young children in the nineteenth century. By the end of the century...

Monumental Inscription on the Fifth of March

This document is the result of the attack between five colonists and His Majesty’s 29th regiment in Boston on March 5th, 1770.

This Indenture Witnesseth


This document shows the changing hands of the responsibility of care for Isaiah Thomas from his mother, Fidelity Thomas, to a Mr. Zechariah Fowle, a childless printer who was willing to take in a six year old to do chores around the shop and to peddle ballads in the streets. 1...

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