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1660 - 1725
A succession of conflicts transforms indigenous/ colonial relations.

    

1704
Deerfield Massacre

   
    
   

1770
Copley paints Paul Revere

   
    

1824
Pilgrim Hall museum opened in Plymouth

   
    
   

1825
Connecticut Historical Society founded

    

1835
Rhode Island Historical Society collects materials from Indian graves.

   
    
   

1842
Wadsworth Atheneum opens in Hartford

    

1866
Peabody Museum founded at Harvard

   
    
   

1868
Deerfield first exhibits door from "Indian House"

    

1869
American Museum of Natural History founded in New York

   
   

1869
Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association founded in Deerfield, Massachusetts

    

1870
Boston Museum of Fine Arts founded

   
   

1870
Metropolitan Museum of Art founded in New York

    

1880
Memorial Hall dedicated in Deerfield

   
    
   

1881
Nantucket's Coffin House restored

    

1887
Ellen Rounds repairs the "Damm Garrison"

   
    
   

1900
Old Gaol opened in York, Maine

    

1901
Maine Historical Society opens Wadsworth-Longfellow House

   
    
   

1903
New Bedford Whaling Museum founded

    

1905
Paul Revere House saved from demolition

   
   
    
   

1907
Period rooms opened in Essex Institute

    

1908
House of Seven Gables Settlement Association founded

   
    
   

1926
John D. Rockefeller funds Colonial Williamburg in Virginia

    

1928
A New York surgeon founds the Abbe Museum on Mount Desert Island, Maine

   
    
   

1929
Henry Ford funds Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan

    

1930
Nantucket Whaling Museum opened

   
   

1930
Mystic Seaport maritime museum begins operation

    

1931
Gladys Tantaquidgeon (1899-2005) founds the Tantaguidgeon Museum at Mohegan.

   
   

1931
Grant Wood paints :The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere

    

1935
Wells Historical Museum (precurser to Old Sturbridge Village) open

   
   

1935
Harold Tantaquidge reconstructs a Mohegan village

    

1942
Farmer's Museum in Cooperstown, New York established

   
    
   

1947
Shelburne Museum established

1947
Old Sturbridge Village created

   
   

1947
Plimoth Plantation founded

    

1952
Historic Deerfield founded

   
    
   

1958
Strawbery Banke Museum opens in Portsmouth, NH

    

1987
Archaeologists begin excavating historic sites threatened by Boston's Big Dig.

   
    
   

1998
Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center Opens

    

2001
Peabody Museum at Harvard continues to repatriate human remains

   
    
   

2002
Church at Mohegan restored and museum installed.

    

2004
Memorial Hall Museum launches new website on "The Many Stories of 1704

   

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