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The struggle to create a democratic society began inside our buildings 250 years ago and continues with all of us today....
12/01/2020

The struggle to create a democratic society began inside our buildings 250 years ago and continues with all of us today. This #GivingTuesday, support Revolutionary Spaces and help us explore the bold, uncut history of America's founding. Donate today at revolutionaryspaces.org/donate

11/23/2020
Members' View with David Silverman: This Land is Their Land

As we look to Thanksgiving this week, we acknowledge that the stories we often tell about the first Thanksgiving may not be entirely accurate.

Learn more in our recent Members' View event with David Silverman, Professor of History at George Washington University and author of "This Land is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving."

WATCH NOW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLYXxu4t7Js

Please join us for a Members' View with David Silverman, a Professor of History at George Washington University who is one of the main scholarly advisors for...

Get out of your house and into ours! Revolutionary Spaces is now on demand - explore our options for safe, socially-dist...
11/22/2020
On-Demand Programs at Revolutionary Spaces

Get out of your house and into ours!

Revolutionary Spaces is now on demand - explore our options for safe, socially-distanced visits to two of the nation's most important historic sites, Boston's Old State House and Old South Meeting House.

#MaskUpMA and explore history in your own backyard!

LEARN MORE: https://www.revolutionaryspaces.org/whats-on/on-demand/

You and your small group can enjoy a safe and personalized experience of Revolutionary Spaces.

Announcing a free virtual performance of THE PETITION on Thurs, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. ET!Join us to relive this short play ...
11/21/2020
The Petition: A Virtual Performance

Announcing a free virtual performance of THE PETITION on Thurs, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. ET!

Join us to relive this short play - originally performed in the Old State House's Council Chamber - that centers on an anti-slavery petition put forward by abolitionist and free Black man Prince Hall.

THE PETITION was written by Cliff Odle, and will be performed live via Zoom by Alex Jacobs and Stephen Sampson.

REGISTER NOW: https://www.revolutionaryspaces.org/2020/11/19/petition-virtual-performance/

DEC 17: This remote version of the performance originally staged in the Old State House’s Council Chamber will include a talk-back session with the actors.

Like all of us, poets are citizens navigating a time of great political upheaval, and drawing on the tools of their trad...
11/20/2020
Poetry as a Force for Change: A Conversation with Marge Piercy

Like all of us, poets are citizens navigating a time of great political upheaval, and drawing on the tools of their trade to create a more just and equitable world.

Join us this Sunday, Nov. 22 at 2pm ET for Poetry as a Force for Change: A Conversation with Marge Piercy!

REGISTER HERE: https://www.revolutionaryspaces.org/2020/11/04/marge-piercy/

A conversation with poet and novelist Marge Piercy about the role of artists and writers in politically perilous times.

Calling artists of all kinds! This December, join us for a riveting workshop series to explore the life and legacy of Ph...
11/17/2020

Calling artists of all kinds! This December, join us for a riveting workshop series to explore the life and legacy of Phillis Wheatley Peters, America's first published Black woman poet, and long-time congregant of Old South Meeting House. Through these workshops, we hope participants come away with their own personal connection to Miss Phillis and her work.

These workshops are inspired by "The Age of Phillis,” a lyrical new work by poet and writer Dr. Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, who imagines Phillis Wheatley Peters, America’s first published Black woman poet, “as a human being who lived and loved while making her mark on history.”

Like Dr. Jeffers, participants will ground their creative process in the history by exploring primary sources and scholarly works about Peters. From there, participants will craft their own responses to her life in forms that may include writing, art, and performance concepts.

This project is supported by the 400 Years of African-American History Commission.

LEARN MORE & REGISTER: https://www.revolutionaryspaces.org/events/wheatley-workshop/

This Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 5pm ET, our friends at Rose Art Museum are hosting "Yesterday's Tomorrow: Activating History...
11/16/2020

This Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 5pm ET, our friends at Rose Art Museum are hosting "Yesterday's Tomorrow: Activating History Today" where artist lauren woods and Maria Madison, Founder and Co-President of the The Robbins House will amplify less visible narratives, threads of Massachusetts history that sit outside the lens through which this past has been conventionally presented and remembered.

Part of this event will explore "Crispus in July" - a postponed public art project by lauren woods, commissioned by Revolutionary Spaces. "Crispus in July" was curated by the fantastic team at Now and There Inc!

Learn more and register: https://www.brandeis.edu/rose/programs/2020/yesterdays-tomorrow-activating-history-today.html

We're getting excited for this week's exploration of the life and legacy of Phillis Wheatley Peters with Honoree Fanonne...
11/15/2020
The Age of Phillis - Commonplace

We're getting excited for this week's exploration of the life and legacy of Phillis Wheatley Peters with Honoree Fanonne Jeffers!

Learn more about Professor Jeffers' journey with Phillis, then register for Looking for Miss Phillis: Finding the Woman Inside the Icon on Thurs, Nov. 19 at .7pm ET.

REGISTER HERE: https://www.revolutionaryspaces.org/2020/11/03/looking-for-miss-phillis/

http://commonplace.online/article/the-age-of-phillis/

And then, I got hooked on Phillis Wheatley—even though I still wasn't sure whether I liked her poetry or not.

Update on the Eagle & Scrolls! Sending a huge thank you to Clark Fine Art for helping us preserve this incredible histor...
11/13/2020

Update on the Eagle & Scrolls! Sending a huge thank you to Clark Fine Art for helping us preserve this incredible historic structure!

#historicpreservation #historicpreservationmatters #bostondotcom #exploreboston #bostonusa #curbedboston #freedomtrail #freedomtrailboston #cityscapeboston #bostonigers #igersnewengland #igersboston #sculpture #fineart #preservation #oldbuilding #oldstatehouse #oldstatehouseboston

Our beloved “Eagle & Scrolls” was taken down from the Old State House this morning for preservation efforts. A huge than...
11/13/2020

Our beloved “Eagle & Scrolls” was taken down from the Old State House this morning for preservation efforts.

A huge thank you to Clark Fine Art for their assistance in preserving this important historic sculpture!

While our doors may be closed for public walk-up visits, we are open for a variety of virtual programs, including an upc...
11/12/2020
Members' View Virtual Tour: Massacre and Memory

While our doors may be closed for public walk-up visits, we are open for a variety of virtual programs, including an upcoming exclusive virtual tour for our members!

Become a member, then join us on Wed, Nov. 18 at 5:30pm ET for the "Massacre & Memory" tour, led by historian (and our Director of Visitor Experience & Content Development) Matt Wilding.

LEARN MORE: https://www.revolutionaryspaces.org/2020/11/03/members-view-massacre-memory/

Massacre & Memory explores the complicated history of the Boston Massacre.

11/09/2020
Revolutionary Spaces

Join us TOMORROW for Monumental Attucks!

REGISTER HERE: https://www.revolutionaryspaces.org/2020/10/23/monumental-attucks-event/

They were called hoodlums, rioters, and ruffians, but their memorial still stands.

Join us on Tues, Nov. 10, at 3pm ET for Monumental Attucks, where we'll discuss the Boston Massacre monument on Boston Common, and reflect on how monuments bring us together and when they drive us apart.

REGISTER NOW: https://www.revolutionaryspaces.org/2020/10/23/monumental-attucks-event/

Phillis Wheatley Peters was a poet, writer, and long-time member of the Old South Meeting House congregation.Join us on ...
11/07/2020
Looking for Miss Phillis

Phillis Wheatley Peters was a poet, writer, and long-time member of the Old South Meeting House congregation.

Join us on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 7pm ET for "Looking for Miss Phillis: Finding the Woman Inside the Icon" to explore Miss Phillis's legacy with the award-winning Honoree Fanonne Jeffers.

REGISTER NOW: https://www.revolutionaryspaces.org/2020/11/03/looking-for-miss-phillis/

https://www.facebook.com/events/392713918745803/

NOV 19: Poet, essayist and novelist Honorée Fanonne Jeffers will discuss her journey to write a book of poetry on the life and times of Phillis Wheatley Peters.

Have you voted already? Or do you plan to vote in person tomorrow? Whatever your voting plan, we hope you'll get out the...
11/02/2020

Have you voted already? Or do you plan to vote in person tomorrow?

Whatever your voting plan, we hope you'll get out there and exercise your right to vote if you can.

Visit vote.gov for all the resources!

Happy Halloween! We hope you and yours have a safe and festive holiday!To celebrate, check out this short story from New...
10/31/2020

Happy Halloween! We hope you and yours have a safe and festive holiday!

To celebrate, check out this short story from New England's own Nathaniel Hawthorne. In "The Gray Champion," a ghost of Boston's past comes to King Street to remind the townspeople of their sacrifices on behalf of democracy. http://www.hawthorneinsalem.org/mirror_eldritch/gray.html

10/29/2020
Imagining Attucks

Imagining Attucks explored how Attucks has been interpreted through the years and grappled with the challenges that come with portraying Attucks.

Panelists included:

-- Rasheed Walters, a Boston-based social entrepreneur and historical re-enactor who has played Crispus Attucks in the Boston Massacre re-enactment

-- Miranda ADEkoje, Boston-based playwright, currently writing I Am This Place, a new short play about Crispus Attucks commissioned by Revolutionary Spaces and produced by Plays in Place.

-- Mitch Kachun, Professor Emeritus of History at Western Michigan University, and author of First Martyr of Liberty: Crispus Attucks in American Memory

Learn more about #ReflectingAttucks at https://www.revolutionaryspaces.org/exhibits/reflecting-attucks/.

10/27/2020

"Every moment does not need to be stuffed. Silence is a fullness, not a vacuum. One advantage of age is to be able to learn the secrets of an empty room."

Join us in conversation with critically acclaimed author Marge Piercy on Sun, Nov. 1, at 2pm ET.

REGISTER NOW: https://www.revolutionaryspaces.org/events/conversation-marge-piercy/

Join us this week for a lineup of incredible virtual events on Zoom!Wed, Oct. 28, at 7pm ET: Writing Plays of the Past a...
10/26/2020
Events

Join us this week for a lineup of incredible virtual events on Zoom!

Wed, Oct. 28, at 7pm ET: Writing Plays of the Past and Future: A Conversation with Dream Boston Playwrights, in partnership with Huntington Theatre Company and WBUR CitySpace

Thurs, Oct. 29, at 6:30pm ET: Finding a Voice without the Vote: 18th Century

Sun, Nov. 1, at 2pm ET: Poetry as a Force for Change: A Conversation with Marge Piercy

Learn more and register via our website!
https://www.revolutionaryspaces.org/events/

A community connected.

We've been big fans of Patrick Gabridge for years now, and we're thrilled to see his new audio play come to life through...
10/22/2020
Echoes by Patrick Gabridge

We've been big fans of Patrick Gabridge for years now, and we're thrilled to see his new audio play come to life through Huntington Theatre Company's Dream Boston series!

You might know Patrick's work through Blood on the Snow and Cato & Dolly at the Old State House. His new short audio play involves two friends and a late-night visit to the Old State House on the anniversary of the Boston Massacre on March 5, 2025.

Listen now! https://www.huntingtontheatre.org/season/upcoming/dream-boston/echoes/

Echoes by Patrick Gabridge, directed by Rosalind Bevan, featuring actors Omar Robinson and Rachel Cognata; two friends make a late-night visit to the Old State House on the anniversary of the Boston Massacre on March 5, 2025.

Join us TOMORROW for Demanding Freedom: Attucks and the Abolition Movement. Register here:https://www.revolutionaryspace...
10/19/2020
Demanding Freedom: Attucks and the Abolition Movement

Join us TOMORROW for Demanding Freedom: Attucks and the Abolition Movement. Register here:
https://www.revolutionaryspaces.org/events/attucks-abolition-movement/

OCT 20, 4PM Zoom Panel Register Please note that by registering to attend this event, you will be added to Revolutionary Spaces’ mailing and newsletter list. You are able to opt out at any time. Thank you! Demanding Freedom: Attucks and the Abolition Movement reflects on how 19th century abolition...

10/15/2020
Attucks and Liberty & Sovereignty in 18th Century New England

Attucks and the Politics of Liberty & Sovereignty in 18th Century New England reflected on the political conversations that were taking place around the time of the Boston Massacre among white colonists and the African- and Native-descended communities. The Revolutionary period is most often associated with colonists arguing for their rights as British subjects to tax themselves under a locally elected government, but that is only part of the story. Blacks were also seeking to make the case for liberty to end the practice of slavery, while Native peoples continued to reclaim their sovereignty after more than a century of colonial expansion.

Panelists included:
-- Chris Newell, Executive Director and Senior Partner to Wabanaki Nations for the Smithsonian-affiliate Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, Maine, and a member of the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township

-- Chernoh Sesay, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at DePaul University, currently writing a book titled "Black Boston and the Making of African-American Freemasonry: Leadership, Religion, and Community in Early America"

-- Serena Zabin, Professor of History, at Carleton College and the author of "The Boston Massacre: A Family History," released this past March in time for the 250th anniversary of the Massacre.

-- David Silverman, Professor of History at The George Washington University, and author of "This Land is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and Troubled History of Thanksgiving"

Happy #IndigenousPeoplesDay! Today we rededicate ourselves to sharing an inclusive history of our nation's founding, as ...
10/12/2020
Connection to Native Peoples

Happy #IndigenousPeoplesDay! Today we rededicate ourselves to sharing an inclusive history of our nation's founding, as we reflect on Crispus Attucks's connection to Native communities in New England.

LEARN MORE in #ReflectingAttucks: https://www.revolutionaryspaces.org/exhibits/reflecting-attucks/reflecting-attucks-man-many-worlds/reflecting-attucks-native-peoples/

  By the time of Attucks’s birth around 1723, Native people knew that contact with colonists more often led to danger rather than safety. Portuguese, Dutch, and English ships began arriving in North America in the 1500s, and about a century had passed since the Mayflower arrived on Wampanoag land...

10/11/2020
Attucks and the Politics of Liberty & Sovereignty in 18th Century New England

As we look to #IndigenousPeoplesDay tomorrow, we recognize Native people's many contributions to our nation, & their ongoing struggle for sovereignty.

We discuss in Attucks & the Politics of Liberty & Sovereignty in 18th Century New England.

WATCH NOW: https://youtu.be/8ogiKkHGcfY

Attucks and the Politics of Liberty & Sovereignty in 18th Century New England reflects on the political conversations that were taking place around the t...

In Boston, William Cooper Nell (1816-1874) and other abolitionists revived Crispus Attucks's legacy in their fight to en...
10/10/2020
Fighting for Freedom

In Boston, William Cooper Nell (1816-1874) and other abolitionists revived Crispus Attucks's legacy in their fight to end slavery. They presented Attucks as the first martyr of the Revolution who died fighting for liberty. The image resonated powerfully in a nation that placed millions of African Americans in bondage despite its stated ideal of freedom.

Learn more in the "Fighting for Freedom" section of #ReflectingAttucks, then join us for Demanding Freedom: Attucks and the Abolition Movement on Oct. 20.

https://www.revolutionaryspaces.org/exhibits/reflecting-attucks/reflecting-attucks-fighting-for-change/reflecting-attucks-fighting-for-freedom/

  By the mid-19th century, new federal laws and Supreme Court decisions tightened slavery’s grip on the nation. Across the United States, the future of slavery was hotly debated, and soon the nation was embroiled in the Civil War. In Boston, William Cooper Nell (1816-1874) and other abolitionists...

10/09/2020
Demanding Freedom: Attucks and the Abolition Movement

The question persists: How can a nation enslave and brutalize a people who have fought and died for American liberty?

Join us on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 4pm ET for Demanding Freedom: Attucks and the Abolition Movement, where we'll place the work of 19th century abolitionists into a contemporary setting by reflecting on the obstacles that persist to today when Americans are asked to live up to the founding promises of freedom and liberty for all.

REGISTER NOW: https://www.revolutionaryspaces.org/events/attucks-abolition-movement/

We're looking forward to celebrating Indigenous People's Day on Monday! Our friends at Upstander Project and Boston Athe...
10/07/2020
Dawnland and Dear Georgina Online Film Screening + Live Filmmaker Q & A

We're looking forward to celebrating Indigenous People's Day on Monday! Our friends at Upstander Project and Boston Athenæum are hosting Dawnland & Dear Georgina // Indigenous Peoples' Day Online Film Screening + Live Filmmaker Q & A. These films are not to be missed!

Register now! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dawnland-and-dear-georgina-online-film-screening-live-filmmaker-q-a-tickets-116651488743

Upstander Project presents the Emmy Award winning film DAWNLAND and DEAR GEORGINA + a live Q & A

Join us on Tuesday for History At Play, LLC's "I Now Pronounce You Lucy Stone!" Suitable for all ages, this live virtual...
10/03/2020

Join us on Tuesday for History At Play, LLC's "I Now Pronounce You Lucy Stone!"

Suitable for all ages, this live virtual theatrical performance tells the story of Lucy Stone, the first woman from Massachusetts to earn a college degree, a fierce abolitionist, and women’s rights activist.

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tauAVJDMSjW5pbCevNLPEA

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Followers and members might be interested in the chapters on Roger Williams, Anne Bradstreet, and William & Ellen Craft from my recently published non-fiction book "Mavericks, Mystics, and Misfits: Americans Against the Grain." The Crafts were an escaped slave couple from Georgia who were harbored in Boston by abolitionists, but had to flee to England following passage of the Fugitive Slave Law. Book is available from Sunbury Press Books, your local bookstore, and Amazon, which provides a Look Inside and reviews.