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New England's General Stores: Exploring an American Classic at the Boston Public Library
NOTE: THIS EVENT IS BEING HELD AT THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY CENTRAL BRANCH
The New England general store is where children of each generation take their first allowance to buy their very own penny candy; it’s where people swap stories and have whispered of revolution. In tough times, the general store extended credit to its customers when no one else would. Today, stubborn as New Englanders themselves, the general store refuses to become a sentimental relic of an earlier age. Ted Reinstein offers a nostalgic picture of this colonial staple and steadfast institution of small towns from Connecticut to Maine.
Reinstein has been a reporter for WCVB’s Chronicle nightly news magazine since 1997, contributes to the station’s political roundtable show, and writes a weekly opinion column.