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 we appreciate the help of everyone who sends in those news clippings and sightings which keep the tradition alive. Thank you!
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 the hands of the town (and will be put on display from now on).
We don’t know how long the article will be available, but you can read about their cane in this Daily Times Chronicle article by Mark Biagotti.
We also recently received an update from Hinsdale, Massachusetts which kindly included a full list of that town’s recipients! Many thanks to James D. Manning for all of the information.
We’ve inched our way to the 465 mark of known cane reports. Thanks to everyone who contributes updates!