New England Legends

New England Legends Series Comes to Amazon Prime

Emmy-nominated, independently-produced television program previously aired on PBS reaches new global audience through popular streaming service. June 20, 2017 – Springfield, MASS – New England Legends, the television series...

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An Evening of Ghost Stories and New England Legends Documentary

Set to the eerie photography of Frank Grace, some of New England’s leading authorities on spooks and legends share the history and haunts of the region. The documentary includes the making of the stage show, plus in-depth...

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To Weigh a Soul

In 1901, Dr. Duncan MacDougall of Haverhill, Massachusetts, believed he could prove humans have a soul. Working with six dying patients, MacDougall convinced them to perform an experiment at the moment of their death that could...

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Emmy-Nominated New England Legends Television Series Returns to PBS with “Eccentrics and Mad Scientists”

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – October 19, 2016 – New England is full of ghosts, monsters, and other mysteries that are more than just campfire tales. These legends and lore are as much a part of New England History as are the famous...

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Der Belsnickel

The Belsnickel is an old world Christmastime legend, but unlike Santa, in addition to rewarding the good children, he punishes the bad ones. Once relegated to history, the Belsnickel is making a comeback, and Legend Hunter Jeff...

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Edith Wharton’s The Mount

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edith Wharton’s home, The Mount, in Lenox, Massachusetts is renowned for its beauty and majesty – but there’s also a sinister side to it. Marital infidelities, madness, and death are...

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Emmy-Nominated New England Legends Television Series Returns to PBS with “Miracles and the Missing”

Author and adventurer Jeff Belanger explores the folklore of New England. SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – October 20, 2014 – New England is full of ghosts, monsters, and other mysteries that are more than just campfire tales. These...

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An Evening of Ghost Stories and New England Legends Featuring the Photography of Frank Grace Arrives at Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland, Rhode Island May 22

First-of-its-kind performance offers true ghost stories told by some of the region’s leading authorities on the subject set in front of haunting photography of New England’s most infamous legends. APRIL 15, 2015 –...

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Return to October Mountain

In 2012, I took the New England Legends audience to October Mountain in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. We were in search of the ghost of a little girl said to haunt an abandoned cemetery near the top. Through exploring...

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New England Legends: Origins of Halloween

It’s that time of year again, when ghosts and goblins walk the earth and the veil between our world and the spirit world is said to be at its thinnest… A perfect time for legend chaser Jeff Belanger to examine the origins of...

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Emmy-Nominated New England Legends Series Debuts on Rhode Island PBS with “Maritime Mysteries”

Author and adventurer Jeff Belanger explores the folklore of New England’s southeastern coast. Airdates set for Wednesday, October 29th at 8:00 PM on WSBE, and Thursday, October 30th at 10:00 PM on WGBY. PROVIDENCE, RI. –...

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New England Legends: The Mystery of Glastenbury Mountain, Vermont

The site of a ghost town which was lost at the turn of the century, mysterious Glastenbury Mountain is located just outside of Bennington, Vermont. The vast wilderness is host to many legends, among them tales of a...

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From Idea to Emmy Nomination in 367 Easy Steps with Jeff Belanger and Tony Dunne

Recent Emmy nominees Jeff Belanger and Tony Dunne sit down with each other to discuss their New England Legends project for PBS. See clips from the show, and what it took to turn their idea into an Emmy...

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New England Legends Television Series on PBS Receives Emmy Nomination

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – April 29, 2014 – The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for Boston/New England has announced that New England Legends: The Spooky Berkshires, independently created and produced by Jeff...

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The Ghosts of Ventfort Hall in Lenox, Massachusetts

Built by the J.P. Morgan family, Lenox’s Ventfort Hall is a Gilded Age mansion with ties to the legendary Massachusetts 54th regiment from the Civil War and was host to the people who shaped and molded this country at the...

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My Exclusive Interview with Santa Claus

Recently I sat down for an exclusive Interview with Santa Claus. This piece aired on PBS affiliate WGBY in Springfield, Massachusetts. I asked Santa about his upbringing, history, and life. This guy is the real...

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