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Was ‘Jingle Bells’ really written in Medford? The history of the classic Christmas song is complicated.

Kyna Hamill, Boston University faculty member and Medford Historical Society and Museum reference volunteer, talks about Medford artist James Pierpont and his connection to "Jingle Bells."
Kyna Hamill, Boston University faculty member and Medford Historical Society and Museum reference volunteer, talks about Medford artist James Pierpont and his connection to "Jingle Bells." (Marianne Salza)
MEDFORD — Over snow-covered ground, a spirited young man takes a girl on a horse-drawn sleigh ride for a night of joyful singing through the countryside in one of the…

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