Some of the country’s best museums are located in Massachusetts.
|Size||10555 square miles|
|Motto||Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem – “By the sword she seeks peace under liberty”|
|Statehood||February 6, 1788|
|Notes||Springfield Massachusetts is home to the basketball hall of fame. Massachusetts is a state of “firsts”: the first public park in America is the Boston Common 1634. The first basketball game was played in Springfield in 1891. The first Howard Johnson in 1925 in Quincy Massachusetts. The first Duncan Donuts was also in Quincy in 1950.|