Everyone’s History

Life in New England in the twentieth century and beyond

Find out about early aviation, African American tourist destinations, and how one Vermont town is saving its one-room schoolhouses. Go downtown to Woolworth’s five-and-dime, take a tasty journey through Boston’s Haymarket, or hear stories of changing Haverhill.

Historic New England partners with communities and organizations throughout the region to collect and share these stories. Is there an aspect of life in New England you think should be preserved and shared with future generations? Tell us about it.

Featured Projects

We Are Haverhill: Changing Faces of Haverhill's Neighborhoods

This exhibition features oral-history interviews combined with portraits by Markham Starr that chronicle changes to the Acre and Mt. Washington neighborhoods in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Learn More

  • We Are Haverhill: Changing Faces of Haverhill's Neighborhoods

    This exhibition features oral-history interviews combined with portraits by Markham Starr that chronicle changes to the Acre and Mt. Washington neighborhoods in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Learn More

  • The Haymarket Project

    Discover the stories of the diverse array of shoppers and vendors at Boston's centuries-old open-air market. Learn More

  • Rooted: Cultivating Community in the Vermont Grange

    Go inside the Grange, the national farmers’ fraternal order that has worked to strengthen and preserve rural Vermont's close-knit communities since 1867. Learn More

  • Back to School

    Back to School: Lessons from Norwich's One-Room Schoolhouses chronicles a Vermont town's fight to preserve its beloved historic schoolhouses. Learn More

  • Chugging through Haverhill's History

    A mobile audio tour allows you to follow the Bradford Rail Trail in Haverhill, Massachusetts, while discovering the city's history and looking at public art. Learn More

  • Claiming a Piece of the American Dream

    This online exhibition focuses on the African American tourist destinations of New England in the twentieth century. Learn More

  • Woolworth's: Haverhill's Shopping District

    Woolworth's: Remembering Haverhill's Shopping District preserves memories, stories, and images of Woolworth's and other downtown shops now long gone. Learn More

  • Connecting the Threads: Overalls to Art

    Find out how the former H.W. Carter and Sons factory in Lebanon, New Hampshire, transformed into the thriving AVA Gallery and Art Center. Learn More

  • From Clam Flats to Clam Shacks

    Hear the story of how fried clams became the signature delicacy of Massachusetts' North Shore. Learn More

More Everyone’s History Projects

The projects above are highlights of Historic New England’s work with communities throughout New England

Historic New England’s Everyone’s History series is the result of work that began in our centennial year of 2010. We launched an initiative called 100 Years, 100 Communities, with the goal of partnering with 100 different communities in all parts of the region to tell diverse stories of life in New England from the twentieth century and beyond. We believe in capturing history as it happens to share with future generations.

In 2012 Historic New England declared success, and 100 Years, 100 Communities became Everyone’s History. These partnerships resulted in award-winning documentary films, exhibitions, books, and public programs. We also offer Remembering Home, a workshop for older adults designed to help capture and record more twentieth-stories. If you would like to partner with Historic New England on an Everyone’s History project, please email us.

Everyone's History Films

Haymarket, the Soul of the City

Back to School: Lessons from Norwich’s One-Room Schoolhouses

Woolworth’s: Remembering Haverhill’s Shopping District

Connecting the Threads: Overalls to Art at the H.W. Carter and Sons Factory — Part I

At the River’s Edge: An Oral History of Berlin, New Hampshire — Part I

Past Projects

Thank you to our community partners

Below is a list of communities that partnered with Historic New England on 100 Years, 100 Communities projects.

CommunitiesProject TopicPartners
Newburyport, Mass.Plum Island AviationPlum Island Aerodrome
Boston, Mass.20th c. Beacon HillVilna Shul
Berlin and Plaistow, N.H.At the River's EdgeBerlin Historical Society
Newburyport and Newbury, Mass.Beyond Farms & FactoriesNewburyport Pres. Trust
Boston, Mass.BPS Photo ProjectBoston Public Schools
Lincoln, Mass.Brown's WoodFOMA - Lincoln
Boston, Mass.Drawing Toward HomeBoston University
Jamestown, R.I.Farming in Southern R.I.Watson Farm
Essex, Mass.North Shore ClamsWoodman's of Essex
Waterbury, Vt.Green Mountain ClubGreen Mountain Club
Gloucester, Lincoln, Mass.LGBTQ HistoryThe History Project
Narragansett, R.I.R.I. Trap FishermenMarkham Starr
Boothbay Harbor, MaineLand of TouristsBoothbay Region Historical Society
Woodstock, Conn.Modern Dairy FarmingThe Farmer's Cow
New HampshireN.H. PreservationN.H. Pres. Alliance
Boston, Mass.N. Bennet St. SchoolN. Bennet St. School
Portsmouth, N.H.Commercial FishingN.H. Fisherman's Assoc.
Every New England statePreservation MovementMuseums across the region
Gloucester, Mass.Historic Paint FactoryOcean Alliance
Salem, Mass.Salem Now and ThenSalem Athenaeum
Kittery, MaineKittery Oral HistoriesKittery Estates
Salem, Mass.Settlement HouseSettlement House
Middlebury, Vt.Addison County FairHenry Sheldon Museum
Old Orchard, MaineAfrican American TourismPorts. Black Heritage Trail
Throughout New EnglandThe Way We WorkedMuseum on Main Street
Lebanon, N.H.Connecting the ThreadsAVA Gallery, CATV
Quincy, Mass.Quincy Yacht ClubQuincy Yacht Club
Haverhill, Mass.Woolworth'sButtonwoods Museum
Norwich, Vt.One-Room SchoolhousesNorwich Hist. Society
Boston, Mass.HaymarketHaymarket Pushcart Assoc

More to Explore

Watch Everyone's History documentary films on YouTube.

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Buy our book on Haymarket, by Justin Goodstein and Kenneth C. Turino.

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Become a member and tour Historic New England properties for free.

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