Our index just hit another milestone

| March 27, 2015

With a new (to us) update from Cumberland, Rhode Island, our catalog of Boston Post Canes just tipped to 469 towns.  Now that might seem to be a odd number to get excited about, but it represents our having the status of over 2/3rds of the 700 canes! This is a great community effort and […]

Burlington MA rediscovers its cane

| March 7, 2015

While we always welcome news of towns that have been continuing the tradition of the cane, it is especially heartening to hear about towns that restart the tradition after a cane has “gone missing” and then recovered.  The latest town to have this happen is Burlington, Massachusetts where their original cane is once again in […]

2014 Wrapup

| December 27, 2014

I just completed the end-of-the-year edit of the site, updating dozens of towns and adding a bunch since the last major update in April.   I continue to hope that I will be able to provide more frequent updates in the future, but regardless of my tardiness the history of the canes continues to be […]

Another “odometer moment”…

| April 13, 2014

With the help of many contributors we hit updates from 444 towns in April 2014.   Thank you to all who continue to find articles and keep watch around their area.

2012 wrapup – we passed 400 towns!

| January 26, 2013

I just finished the updates for 2012 and was thrilled to discover that somewhere in the past few months we passed the 400 mark of towns that we have updates from (we crossed 300 towns back in 2010) — we’re currently at 411 towns. This would not be possible without the contributions from so many […]

2012 news

| February 5, 2012

Thanks to the intrepid research of folks like Steve Hoffman and dozens of other contributors we cross the halfway mark in 2011 for the number of canes we have information on.  We currently have updates on 361 of the 700 canes that were distributed over 100 years ago. We recently discovered a second theft of […]

Boston Post Cane Stolen from Clinton, ME

| July 20, 2011

Clinton, Maine’s Boston Post Cane was stolen from our town hall sometime during the weekend of June 3-5, 2011. It was in a display case opposite the service window and around the corner from the police station housed in the same building.  The town is heartbroken, but are hoping to get it back. As of […]

A cane surfaces in NH and a birthday greeting

| April 24, 2011

Lorna Colquhoun, a correspondent for the New Hampshire Union Leader, reported that the town of Bethlehem, New Hampshire has found their cane after a nearly 40 year absence.  The cane was hiding away in a closet just a few miles away. Read Lorna’s wonderful story. We don’t normally do birthday greetings here, and even this […]

Palmer Massachusetts locates its cane after a 50 year absence.

| December 15, 2010

This cane likes to hide.   This is the second time it has been lost for 50 years! Sarah Longden, who resides in Maine, recently opened a box belonging to her father who was a former Selectman in the Town of Palmer, Massachusetts.  Much to her surprise she found a cane that had been missing […]

Dover (Massachusetts) locates its cane!

| September 14, 2010

Elisha Lee, President of the Dover Historical Society, informed us that Dover’s cane was recently discovered in an antique shop and was recovered by members of their Historical Society.   Where the cane has been will continue to be an ongoing research project. Dover’s cane is known to have been originally presented to Asa Talbot, […]