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June 2008 Blog Posts (6)

Gloucester "pregnancy pact"

Why all the hand wringing about the alleged "pregnancy pact" in Gloucester?

My first reaction, on hearing this story last week, was to wonder if the story would have made the headlines if the students were women of color. Is the subtext here that this is an alarming situation because other things are expected of young, middle class, white women? An article in the Globe (6/6/08) noted

"As they struggle to address the problem, education and health officials say they are at a loss… Continue

Added by Annie Valk on June 26, 2008 at 12:30 — No Comments

New England Slavery stories

Yesterday's Boston Globe had an interesting story about the general failure of Americans (including those in New England) to organize programs to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the law abolishing the international slave trade. This failure stands in contrast to many other countries -- Jamaica, UK, Bermuda, etc., -- where many exhibits and public programs have marked the event, many organized with government support and backing.

As the article notes, however, Rhode Island is an… Continue

Added by Annie Valk on June 25, 2008 at 12:53 — No Comments

Mass Moments suggestions go here!

I am in charge of Mass Moments. However, I have no budget to do much work on it. If you find a mistake, let me know.

The big one: if you find a MassMoment that is related to your organization, and you'd like your site linked to it, give me a shout and I'll see what I can make happen. Example: today's MassMoment is about Boston's elevated. It doesn't have an "If You Go" feature. However, if your organization has a website… Continue

Added by pleun clara bouricius on June 25, 2008 at 10:29 — No Comments


I just visited the Andover Historical Society's fine website, courtesy of a link from Exec. Dir. Elaine Clements. Wonderful site, very rich layers of information. Also a nice use of Google Calendar to track Society events. Made me wish we could just import the AHS calendar events to the MA Studies Network events calendar. We'll have to think about that.

The larger issue is RSS - if the AHS calendar… Continue

Added by Joanne Riley on June 11, 2008 at 15:48 — 6 Comments

A Ning of one's own...

Ning Screenshot of Manage Tab screen We're getting ready to "move in" to the pilot MA Studies Network, and have been busily adding features and arranging the front page just so, getting ready for the first members to arrive over the next few weeks. Exciting!

Ning allows network administrators to customize all of the site language, which means all of the text - from tab labels to error message wording - not added by members. So we've taken advantage of that to make the following changes, all aimed at making the… Continue

Added by Joanne Riley on June 2, 2008 at 23:00 — 1 Comment

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