By: mica On: January 25, 2017 In: News Comments: 0


The month of January is rich with historic moments! Did you know that New Hampshire history stood out in the early days?

It became the first of the original 13 colonies to set up an independent government in January 1776.

Additionally, the New Hampshire delegation became the first to vote for the Declaration of Independence in July 1776!

Shaded relief map of New Hampshire

The Granite State – Live Free or Die!

Historic Museums of New Hampshire - A History Guide

Union Church at Sugar Hill, New Hampshire Historic Photo

Some other interesting historic January facts…

  • January 24, 1848 – The California gold rush began near Coloma, during construction of a sawmill. 
  • January 25, 1961 – President John F. Kennedy made the first live televised presidential news conference, just 5 days after taking office.
  • January 28, 1915 – The U.S. Coast Guard was born.
  • January 29, 1919 – Prohibition Amendment was ratified. For almost 14 years, alcoholic was illegal in the United States. 
  • BirthdayFranklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945) the 32nd U.S. President was born in Hyde Park, New York. While having crippling polio, he also led America out of the Great Depression and through World War II. FDR is considered one of America’s three greatest presidents. 
  • Birthday – Jackie Robinson (1919-1972) was born in Cairo, Georgia. He was the first African American to play professional baseball. Robinson played for the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1947 to 1956. Furthermore in 1949 he was chosen as the National League’s MVP, and in 1962 was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame 

New England Patriots History

New England Patriots 1960 uniform

New England Patriots Uniform in 1960

  • Jan 6, 1989
    RB John Stephens is named the Old Spice/NFL Rookie of the Year. He was also a 1st round draft pick in 1988.
  • Jan 21, 1993
    Bill Parcells named 12th head coach of the Patriots, replacing Dick MacPherson who was relieved of his duties on Jan. 8. In addition, Patrick Forte is named Executive VP of Operations.
  • Jan. 12, 2008
    The Patriots advance to the AFC Championship for the fourth time in five seasons with a 31-20 playoff win over Jacksonville. Tom Brady completes 92.9 percent of his passes subsequently setting an NFL record.
  • Jan. 22, 2009
    The Patriots unveil their 50th season logo, consequently branding all of the team’s activities.

History of the Kitchen

A recreated 12th-century kitchen range at Dover Castle, courtesy of English Heritage. This was an open-style kitchen, lacking a chimney to draw smoke out of the great hall.

Kitchens in the Middle Ages

  • Historically, kitchens weren’t luxurious and unlike today’s kitchen, they weren’t rooms where people wanted to spend time in. Kitchens weren’t rooms meant for hosting guests or entertaining. Rooms were essentially dark and prone to catching fire and they were also filled with noises, messes and smells. The kitchen was an extremely busy space and could be hot and uncomfortable. For these reasons, kitchens tended to be situated as far away as possible from the social or private rooms in a home. The upper class even celebrated a disconnection from food and food preparation by situating their dining rooms far away from the kitchen, going so far as to mask the smell of food. Even the lower classes placed the kitchen away from the center of the home by moving them to the back of the house, and next to the outdoor work areas.

Through the ages

  • Past Europeans, cooked over an open fire in a small home, or the great hall of a big home. Life revolved around the cooking area, which was also the primary source of heat, light and safety. Eventually, general home design changed. The break-up of the great hall may sound like a minor change however, if it wasn’t for the invention of the chimney, this change might not have happened.
  • The industrial revolution spawned new inventions, in addition to cheaper prices, and new ways of thinking efficiently. Gas also became the preferred heat source furthermore allowing ovens to become smaller and lighter.
  • In the 1960’s and 1970’s other societal changes were taking place that impacted the style of the kitchen, like becoming a source for honing culinary crafts and designer cookware.
  • By the 1980’s, the idea of a completely open kitchen came into being and the trophy kitchen was born.
Copper kitchen from 1980

A kitchen from the 1980’s, where fitted appliances, large kitchen islands, and new technologies (like the food processor and the trash compactor) dominated the design of the day. Courtesy of Vintage Goodness.

To read more about the historic January posts you see here, please visit historyplace.com, patriots.com, blog.heritagesportsart.com, Porch.com and Wikipedia

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