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True Tales from Canton’s Past: Walking in his Footsteps

A concept of the planned visitor center that would echo the original Revere house and bell tower (Joe Viamonte Design)

After five years of writing these stories, the sense that Canton has a far greater history than many comparable towns is now apparent. And when you take stock of what this town has become economically and socially and where it is going, we are in a remarkable position to memorialize and capitalize on some of […]

Brothers’ enlistment continues proud family tradition


As he stood there in his service dress uniform under the hot July sun at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, Master Sergeant Stephen Mulford was struck by how little and also how much things had changed. A former Marine himself, Mulford had gone through boot camp there 40 years earlier and it all looked […]

True Tales: Light the Corners of My Mind

The end of an era: the Blue Hill Street Trolley stuck in the snow (Courtesy of the Canton Historical Society)

In 1972 the town of Canton celebrated the 175th anniversary of the founding of this community. There were the usual parades, costume balls, and even a mock town meeting to carry the history forward. An old movie from 1938 was presented for young and old to reflect upon how much had changed in town. There […]

CHS alumna follows her passion to Music City USA


For Joanna Sugameli, failure was an important step on her road to success. After graduating from Canton High School in 2009, Sugameli went on to Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she majored in music education, planning to become an educator. For her, the decision was an easy one. “My mom is a teacher […]

True Tales from Canton’s Past: A Jewel on Elm Street

The Reed House on Elm Street as it looked when Nancy and Edward Mayo owned the house circa 1880 (Courtesy of the Canton Historical Society)

It is a small, unassuming house on Elm Street. Look closely and examine it from the street and you will see a low hip roof, an elegant yet simple porch, and a fanlight over the front door. This address, perhaps the finest and most sophisticated Italianate style house in Canton, is a national jewel beyond […]

Canton woman reflects on ‘eye-opening’ Olympic journey

Elaine Lovett and Chris Flynn in Olympic Park in Rio prior to a USA women's basketball game

When Elaine Lovett casually mentioned to a group of her friends at a social gathering earlier this summer that she was planning to go to Rio de Janeiro in August to attend the 2016 Olympic Games, they were genuinely excited for her but also understandably concerned. A few weeks later, while attending a USA women’s […]

True Tales from Canton’s Past: Devoted Servant

There is an old and little used adage that today, fortunately, has very little utility: Behind every man there is a woman. And indeed there was a time when it was entirely true. No truer than the woman that was behind Dr. Harvey Cushing — in his day the most famous neurosurgeon in the world. […]

True Tales: Canton Corner Firehouse

The members of Hose Company 2 pose outside the firehouse on September 12, 1891. (Courtesy of the Canton Historical Society)

The ad copy reads, “Come see this classic New England home and own a piece of history. Canton’s first firehouse was converted into a single-family home in 1924.” Close, but not quite. This wasn’t Canton’s first firehouse, but it was certainly a big part of our past. The house at 1403 Washington Street is indeed […]

True Tales from Canton’s Past: Red, White & Blue

An enduring symbol of Canton’s rich history and the immigrant dream (Collection of the Canton Historical Society)

Domenico Marino was 22 years old and with false bravado he held the small hand of his wife, Francesca, tightly as they wound their way through the port city of Naples, Italy. It had been a long journey from their small village of Messina. Both of these young travelers knew the life they were leaving […]

Rash of violence spurs difficult conversations on ‘black and blue’ divide

Hundreds gathered in front of town hall on Monday night for a vigil for peace and tolerance. (Michelle Stark photo)

An explosive week of violence and unrest has reignited a national dialogue on race and policing in this country, and the conversations are happening right now, from the biggest cities to the smallest towns — including here in Canton. Tensions reached a fever pitch late last week after the fatal police shootings of two black […]

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