We started 2016 with the 500 town milestone on the horizon. With a spike of new town reports in the past couple of weeks we are happy to note that we’ve reached the 500 town mark:
- Maine: 211
- Massachusetts: 155
- New Hampshire: 116
- Rhode Island: 18
My thanks to everyone who have helped us (and continue to help us) document this curious tradition. A special shout out to Stephen Hoffman who has been scouring news reports for mentions of the canes and forwarding them to me for several years now.
Only 200 more canes to go!
Last seen by the town 75 years ago or so, Dracut’s Boston Post Cane is on its way back to its Town Hall. Read Todd Feather’s article in the Lowell Sun on the interesting journey this cane has taken to where it is now back with its rightful owners.
We look forward to hearing who receives Dracut’s cane next.
Happy New Year to everyone. Here’s a quick update on the Boston Post Cane information clearinghouse: I changed the update policy in 2015 so that we get them posted within a day or so of them arriving and this seems to have worked out well and we’ll continue that practice in 2016. Thank you to everyone who has sent contributions/updates/inquiries about the canes to us. We endeavor to keep all of the information we have on the canes current and available.
We ended 2014 with some status from 458 towns and we added another 26 towns in 2015. Here’s how we’re doing as of the end of 2015:
- Maine: we have updates from 207 towns.
- Massachusetts: we have updates from 150 towns.
- New Hampshire: we have updates from 109 towns.
- Rhode Island: we have updates from 18 towns.
With checkins from 484 towns we are now past the 2/3rds mark (69%) to finding what’s happening with all 700 of the canes, and we appreciate everyone’s contributions. (Just 16 more towns and we’ll hit 500!)