Dancing Queens

Of the 1,060 arrests by police officers in Peabody in 1918, a staggering 1,009 of them were women arrested for public demonstrations of the shimmy dance. The origins of the shimmy are believed to have come from a vaudeville tap dance routine in the early 1900s called...

Hippity Hoppity Easter’s On its Way

Florence Holden was a teacher in Peabody from the 1920s to the 1950s. She worked for the Thomas Carroll School in the Twenties and the Samuel Brown School by the early Thirties. By 1940 she had been appointed Assistant Principal of the Samuel Brown School. The Peabody...

Create a Floral Arrangement for History in Bloom!

Do you design floral arrangements?  Are you a fan of gardening and horticulture?  Take your imagination and creativity to a new level by creating an arrangement for the Peabody Historical Society’s upcoming event History in Bloom: Fresh Floral Arrangements...

Peabody Floods, Past and Present

The heavy rains of this past weekend’s Nor’Easter has left Peabody residents combatting rising waters on the city’s streets. The recent three-day barrage of rain has caused considerable flooding in and around Peabody Square. This weekend’s...

Luck ‘O the Irish

Send your Facebook friends some luck o’ the Irish this Saint Patrick’s Day with our vintage St. Patrick’s Day postcard app. These charming early-20th-century postcards demonstrate the sentimental side of St. Patrick’s Day. They’re...

Mystery Artifact Revealed

Snuffer, ca. mid-19th century While the terms “snuff” and “extinguish” have become interchangeable today, the original use of the word “snuff” applied to the charred end of the wick. Unlike conical snuffers, which extinguish the flame of a candle, a snuffer such as...