Immigration: The Historic Shaping of New England

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Stay on historic Star Island at the Isles of Shoals and explore how several cultures have shaped New England’s way of life, from the early emigration of the British, to the subsequent capture and enslavement of Africans, to the influx of the Irish, especially during the great famine, to the wave of Italian and French-Canadian immigrants after the Civil War. Each of these distinct cultures, along with many others, have contributed to the New England’s rich history and traditions. From acting as longshoremen to working in mills and factories, immigrants helped make 19th century New England the center of one of the most industrialized and prosperous nations on earth.

Spend summer days turning back the clock with expert speakers, workshops and activities that highlight immigrant history in New England. Play bocce ball on Star Island’s expansive lawn, then enjoy an ethnic cuisine demonstration. Settle into a rocking chair on the porch of the historic Oceanic Hotel gazing out to sea. Join the candlelit procession to the 200-year-old chapel on the hill. Be enriched and enchanted at the 2019 New England Heritage program.

Stay on historic Star Island for 3 nights (August 24 - 27) or 7 nights (August 24 - 31) at the New England Heritage program.