Old South Meeting House

Old South Meeting House Famed 1729 National Historic Landmark where the Boston Tea Party began in 1773. Visit to experience one of the nation's most important colonial landmarks.
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Visit the famed, National Historic Landmark where the Boston Tea Party began in 1773. Within the walls of Old South Meeting House, meeting by meeting, vote by vote, a revolution began. On exhibit: Historic 3-D model of colonial Boston showing the Patriots' route to the harbor; John Hancock's portable writing desk; first edition 1773 book by slave & poet Phillis Wheatley; and many more rare revolut

ionary artifacts and historic documents. Old South Meeting House is an independent, non-profit museum and historic site funded by individuals like you; The Massachusetts Cultural Council (www.massculturalcouncil.org), a state agency; The Lowell Institute; The Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati; and other public and private foundations and corporations. A legislated partner in Boston National Historical Park, Old South Meeting House participates in the Passport program as an official Passport Cancellation Station.
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Admission: $6 Adults, $5 Seniors/Students, $1 Children (ages 6-17), under age 6 FREE. Free for OSMH Museum Members. Freedom Trail Ticket Available: Includes discounted admission to Old South Meeting House, Old State House Museum and the Paul Revere House. $13 adults ($6.50 savings!), $2 children. Available at Old South Meeting House.

01/12/2021

JAN 13: A lively panel discussion with leading historians exploring some of the most tenuous moments in executive power in our nation’s history.

12/28/2020
12/16/2020

It's the 247th Anniversary of the Boston Tea Party!

Join Revolutionary Spaces TONIGHT at 7:30pm for the premiere of Tea Party Tonight! here on Facebook and YouTube.

TOMORROW at 7pm ET! Join Revolutionary Spaces on Zoom for Looking for Miss Phillis: Finding the Woman Inside the Icon wi...
11/18/2020

TOMORROW at 7pm ET! Join Revolutionary Spaces on Zoom for Looking for Miss Phillis: Finding the Woman Inside the Icon with Honoree Fanonne Jeffers!

REGISTER HERE: https://www.revolutionaryspaces.org/.../looking-for-miss.../

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

Artists! Join Revolutionary Spaces for FREE workshops in December to explore the life and work of America's first publis...
11/17/2020

Artists! Join Revolutionary Spaces for FREE workshops in December to explore the life and work of America's first published Black woman writer, Phillis Wheatley Peters.

Learn more and sign up today! https://www.revolutionaryspaces.org/events/wheatley-workshop/

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/

If you're not following Revolutionary Spaces, you're missing out on some stellar upcoming events, including:Tues, Nov. 1...
11/07/2020

If you're not following Revolutionary Spaces, you're missing out on some stellar upcoming events, including:

Tues, Nov. 10: Monumental Attucks

Thurs, Nov. 19: Looking for Miss Phillis: Finding the Woman Inside the Icon

Sun, Nov. 22: Poetry as a Force for Change: A Conversation with Marge Piercy

LEARN MORE via RevolutionarySpaces.org.

A community connected. Upcoming Events

09/09/2020

Over the course of several months, Revolutionary Spaces' provides a ground-breaking look at Crispus Attucks - a man of African and Native descent, who was the first to die at the Boston Massacre.

The time has never been more relevant to reflect on the "first martyr of liberty" as our nation grapples with the vital role that protest and resistance play in American democracy and with the historical roots of inequality, particularly for Black and Indigenous communities.

Join the conversation: www.RevolutionarySpaces.org/ReflectingAttucks

Video narration by Charles Coe.

Revolutionary Spaces is excited to announce the reopening of Boston's Old State House and Old South Meeting House on a t...
08/01/2020

Revolutionary Spaces is excited to announce the reopening of Boston's Old State House and Old South Meeting House on a trial basis for at least 3 weeks beginning TODAY!

MORE INFO AND ONLINE TICKETS: https://www.revolutionaryspaces.org/reopening/

Revolutionary Spaces will reopen the Old State House and Old South Meeting House museums with strict cleaning and physical distancing guidelines.

Follow Revolutionary Spaces for all updates!
06/02/2020

Follow Revolutionary Spaces for all updates!

Silence is violence. As a new organization striving for a just, equitable future, we cannot ignore the injustices Black people in America face every single day.

As a nation, we look to our history to tell us who we are. Too often our founding history has been enlisted to justify inequality and legitimize white supremacy. We cannot allow this to happen any longer. We must recognize and credit the many Black and Brown people who have contributed so much to the ongoing American experiment. While we can’t change the past, we have a duty to tell the truth about the founding of our nation, and we stand committed to exploring this history in new and honest ways.

We know we have work to do as a public history organization striving to be anti-racist in our practices. But we stand here committed to listening, to learning, to growing. This is only the beginning.

Hi folks! Since we merged with the Bostonian Society in January, we'll be posting all Old South Meeting House and Old St...
04/29/2020

Hi folks! Since we merged with the Bostonian Society in January, we'll be posting all Old South Meeting House and Old State House updates over at Revolutionary Spaces.

Like and/or follow Revolutionary Spaces now!

04/17/2020
Take a look at Revolutionary Spaces' blog for a deeper look at the Great Fire of 1872, and how ordinary Bostonians leape...
04/14/2020

Take a look at Revolutionary Spaces' blog for a deeper look at the Great Fire of 1872, and how ordinary Bostonians leaped to action in the face of that crisis.

And remember to follow Revolutionary Spaces for all updates on Old South and the Old State House!

Every day that we adapt our lives to stay inside and protect each other or go back on the front lines as an essential worker in this epidemic, we show our capacity for resilience. While this current moment feels unprecedented, Bostonians have been through crises before, building resilience along the...

Wise words from Phillis Wheatley.Remember to follow Revolutionary Spaces for all updates in these times of social distan...
03/26/2020

Wise words from Phillis Wheatley.

Remember to follow Revolutionary Spaces for all updates in these times of social distancing.

As days and nights start blending together, we turn to the words of Phillis Wheatley. She may have been looking at the Western and Eastern skies between the Old State House - close to the Wheatley family home - and Old South Meeting House - where she attended church every Sunday - when she wrote her poem “A Hymn to the Evening,” with its description of one day’s end and anticipation of the next day’s beginning.

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Soon as the sun forsook the eastern main
The pealing thunder shook the heav'nly plain;
Majestic grandeur! From the zephyr's wing,
Exhales the incense of the blooming spring.
Soft purl the streams, the birds renew their notes,
And through the air their mingled music floats.
Through all the heav'ns what beauteous dies are spread!
But the west glories in the deepest red:
So may our breasts with ev'ry virtue glow,
The living temples of our God below!
Fill'd with the praise of him who gives the light,
And draws the sable curtains of the night,
Let placid slumbers sooth each weary mind,
At morn to wake more heav'nly, more refin'd;
So shall the labours of the day begin
More pure, more guarded from the snares of sin.
Night's leaden sceptre seals my drowsy eyes,
Then cease, my song, till fair Aurora rise.

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Read more about Phillis Wheatley via the Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine. https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/phillis-wheatley

Becoming a Revolutionary Spaces member gives you the opportunity to connect with the history and continuing practice of ...
03/24/2020

Becoming a Revolutionary Spaces member gives you the opportunity to connect with the history and continuing practice of democracy through the intertwined stories of two of the nation’s most iconic sites – Boston’s Old South Meeting House and Old State House.

https://www.revolutionaryspaces.org/membership/

As we grapple with uncertainty in this pandemic, we're finding new ways to connect in the chaos. Becoming a Revolutionary Spaces member gives you the opportunity to connect with the history and continuing practice of democracy through the intertwined stories of two of the nation’s most iconic sites – Boston’s Old South Meeting House and Old State House.

While we can't be together in person right now, we're exploring new ways to connect virtually, and will roll out new member-exclusive content soon.

Your support is vital in helping us bring people together, and we couldn't do this without you.

https://www.revolutionaryspaces.org/membership/

It's lovely to relive In Mo Yang's 2018   performance. Follow Revolutionary Spaces for more ways to stay connected in th...
03/22/2020

It's lovely to relive In Mo Yang's 2018 performance.

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New England Conservatory Artist Diploma student, In Mo Yang, talks about the theme of Occupation. Yang describes how the pieces he chose to perform connect to not only the immigrant experience but also to his own country’s story of being occupied.

03/19/2020

to just a couple of weeks ago when we commemorated the 250th Anniversary of the Boston Massacre.

Watch Mayor Marty Walsh talk about Revolutionary Spaces and Boston's diverse communities.

03/17/2020

As we adjust to this new normal of social distancing, follow Revolutionary Spaces for updates and digital content related to Old South Meeting House and the Old State House!

Old South Meeting House and the Old State House will be closed to the public tomorrow through March 31. More info: https...
03/12/2020

Old South Meeting House and the Old State House will be closed to the public tomorrow through March 31.

More info: https://www.revolutionaryspaces.org/covid19-closure/

Revolutionary Spaces Announces Pre-Emptive Closures to Combat the Spread of COVID-19 The Old State House and Old South Meeting House museums will be closed...

This last week was packed with moving, meaningful, and memorable commemorations of the 250th Anniversary of the Boston M...
03/10/2020

This last week was packed with moving, meaningful, and memorable commemorations of the 250th Anniversary of the Boston Massacre. Remember to follow Revolutionary Spaces for all updates!

This last week was packed with moving, meaningful, and memorable commemorations of the 250th Anniversary of the Boston Massacre. Thank you to all who joined us for the Commemoration on March 5th at Old South Meeting House. We remember these moments to honor those who died, and to reflect on how we can learn from our shared past to build a more just and equitable future.

If you didn’t make it to the commemoration on March 5 (or want to relive it again), watch it here. https://forum-network.org/lectures/commemorating-250th-anniversary-boston-massacre/

Join us this Thursday! And follow Revolutionary Spaces for all updates and upcoming events!
03/09/2020

Join us this Thursday! And follow Revolutionary Spaces for all updates and upcoming events!

With an exciting blend of modern context and costumed interpretation, join us to relive Joseph Warren’s fiery oration 245 years later.

As we commemorate the 250th Anniversary of the Boston Massacre this week, we remember the events of the night of March 5...
03/02/2020

As we commemorate the 250th Anniversary of the Boston Massacre this week, we remember the events of the night of March 5, 1770. Hear more from Revolutionary Spaces President & CEO Nat Sheidley on HUB History.

Listen to Remembering The Boston Massacre, With Nat Sheidley (episode 174) and 176 more episodes by HUB History - Our Favorite Stories From Boston History, free! No signup or install needed. Remembering the Boston Massacre, with Nat Sheidley (episode 174). Remembering the Boston Massacre, with Nat S...

One week from today we commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Boston Massacre. Follow Revolutionary Spaces for updates...
02/27/2020

One week from today we commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Boston Massacre. Follow Revolutionary Spaces for updates!

Next Thursday marks the 250th Anniversary of the Boston Massacre. To commemorate this historic event, we have several programs coming up, including:

March 5 - Commemoration of the 250th Anniversary of the Boston Massacre: a few tickets are still available!

March 7 - 2020 Boston Massacre Reenactment

March 12 - Sanguinary Theatre: Dr. Joseph Warren & his Massacre Oration

We hope you'll join us at one of these events. And stay tuned for even more events and programs at the Old State House and Old South Meeting House soon!

Reserve your tickets now for How Long Must We Wait?, presented by Revolutionary Spaces, in partnership with History At P...
02/26/2020

Reserve your tickets now for How Long Must We Wait?, presented by Revolutionary Spaces, in partnership with History At Play and Women's Suffrage Celebration Coalition of Massachusetts, Inc..

We hope to see you on March 24!

We are thrilled to announce a FREE performance of "How Long Must We Wait?" in partnership with Revolutionary Spaces and the Old South Meeting House. This family-friendly presentation will take place at the Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St, Boston, MA 02108, with a reception at 6:30 pm and performance at 7 on Tuesday, March 24th. Easy $9 parking after 4:00 pm at the Garage at Post Office Square! Event is free but reservations are requested at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-long-must-we-wait-tickets-92784564129

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Don't miss this event with Revolutionary Spaces. Reserve your seat at the Commemoration of the 250th Anniversary of the ...
02/24/2020

Don't miss this event with Revolutionary Spaces. Reserve your seat at the Commemoration of the 250th Anniversary of the Boston Massacre now!

Join us to honor those who lost their lives in the Boston Massacre and reflect on how difficult memories can inspire us to reach higher.

The background of this image is the center of a marker in front of the Old State House. The text is from a speech given ...
02/05/2020

The background of this image is the center of a marker in front of the Old State House. The text is from a speech given here at the Old South Meeting House. The was a turning point in the hearts of the people of Boston, and whether with memorials or with words, how they chose to commemorate that tragic event helped put the Colonies on the path to Independence.

March 5 marks the 250th anniversary of the . This year, while we reflect on the lives lost and the impact of that night on the move toward Independence, we will also explore how we remember people and events and why we commit so much to commemoration.

01/08/2020

What a perfect space to talk about bringing people together. The Old South Meeting House has always been a gathering place for people to speak out and engage with their community, and our future with Revolutionary Spaces will continue that tradition.

"The work of democracy is the focus... what does it say that we are part of a democracy?"Thanks to The Boston Globe for ...
01/07/2020

"The work of democracy is the focus... what does it say that we are part of a democracy?"

Thanks to The Boston Globe for helping spread the word about this exciting new direction!

The Old State House and Old South Meeting House, which together attract more than 200,000 visitors a year, have joined to form a new organization called Revolutionary Spaces.

We’re excited to announce our merger with the The Bostonian Society to create Revolutionary Spaces, a dynamic new cultur...
01/07/2020

We’re excited to announce our merger with the The Bostonian Society to create Revolutionary Spaces, a dynamic new cultural resource unlike any other. Follow Revolutionary Spaces and visit RevolutionarySpaces.org to learn more.

Happy New Year!
12/31/2019

Happy New Year!

12/29/2019

We will be closed on December 31 and January 1. Stop in to see us on Monday before the decade ends or we'll see you in 2020!

Now is the time! Go! Go, or you'll be left behind! More: ow.ly/Hmuv50xxAgt
12/16/2019

Now is the time! Go! Go, or you'll be left behind!

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  in 1773, Samuel Adams, seen here giving Governor Thomas Hutchinson what for, waits to hear whether the tea ships would...
12/16/2019

in 1773, Samuel Adams, seen here giving Governor Thomas Hutchinson what for, waits to hear whether the tea ships would be allowed to depart without unloading. When he hears Francis Rotch's report, he says "This meeting can do nothing more to save our country!," a signal to the Sons of Liberty to .

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Tonight's the night and we are SOLD OUT! Find your warm gloves, a good pair of walking shoes, and get ready to  !More in...
12/16/2019

Tonight's the night and we are SOLD OUT! Find your warm gloves, a good pair of walking shoes, and get ready to !

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Governor Thomas Hutchinson was a Boston native, and two of his sons had been appointed consignees of the tea shipment. A...
12/16/2019

Governor Thomas Hutchinson was a Boston native, and two of his sons had been appointed consignees of the tea shipment. At the time of the Tea Party, he was away at his country seat in Milton, missing all the action.


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