Learn What Boston’s Pre-Revolutionary Newspaper Wars Tell Us About Today’s News Media

A long time before cable networks, social media and the 24-hour news cycle colonial journalists presented news to the public in the pre-Revolutionary War era. On Tuesday, author and historian J.L. Bell will  be at the Loring-Greenough House discussing how America's early news outlets worked in that volatile era and how it may relate to today's modern media landscape. Before the Revolutionary War there were numerous media outlets: The Boston Gazette and The Massachusetts Spy were to the left, The Boston News-Letter, The Boston Chronicle and Boston Weekly Post-Boy were to the right, and The Boston Evening-Post was a centrist newspaper. Back in those days the newspaper business got nasty through competitive rivalries and even got violence. The topic of America's Revolutionary is right in Bell's wheelhouse, as he specializes in "history, analysis, and unabashed gossip about the start of the American Revolution in Massachusetts."

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Holiday Happenings at Loring-Greenough: Dog Portraits, Wreath & Tree Sales, Storytelling and More

Do dogs wear ugly Christmas sweaters? That question may be answered at the Loring-Greenough House on Dec. 1 when the historical house hosts Mrs. "Claws" for a family holiday photo opportunity with all two- and four-legged family members. Along with its Precious Pooch Holiday Photos event, the Loring-Greenough House is hosting numerous events throughout December. Here is a schedule:

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Photos: Ruth Barker Ginsberg, Puppy ‘It’ and 50 Shades of Grey(hound) at JP Dog Costume Show

Jamaica Plain's dogs showed off their creative side on Sunday at the 15th Annual JP Dog Parade, Costume & Fashion Show. There were two Supreme Court Justices, nurses, turtles, superheroes, dinosaurs, skunks, rainbows and more! Participants met at the First Baptist Church and then paraded down Centre Street to the Loring-Greenough House for the fashion show. A fun-loving crowd laughed, cheered, oooohed and ahhhhhed as adorable pups (and their owners) strutted up and down the red carpet. All proceeds for the event benefited the City of Boston's Animal Shelter. All photos courtesy of Sacred Harbor Photography.

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Steampunk Murder Mystery Dinner

The year is 1899. George Sweet, 5th Earl of Coddingham has made his fortune from the Steam Revolution...but at the cost of his friends, family, and neighbors. Eager to stay out of the reaches of the law, George plans to flee from the realm of Her Majesty, Queen Victoria. Before his departure -- in a pang of guilt -- he decides to throw one last lavish party for all of his financial victims to enjoy. However, the Earl's plans for revelry go awry at his Steampunk Ball when the police show up to arrest someone for murder.