Old South Meeting House

Old South Meeting House Famed 1729 National Historic Landmark where the Boston Tea Party began in 1773.
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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. Visit to experience one of the nation's most important colonial landmarks. 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 revolutionary 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. _______________________________ 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.

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

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

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

#OTD 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 #TossThatTea.
#TeaStories
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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 #TossThat...
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 #TossThatTea!

More info: ow.ly/Hmuv50xxAgt

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.
#TossThatTea
#TeaStories
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TOMORROW! Hear the voices of the people and join the march to the wharf when we #TossThatTea!Tix & more: ow.ly/Hmuv50xxA...
12/15/2019

TOMORROW! Hear the voices of the people and join the march to the wharf when we #TossThatTea!

Tix & more: ow.ly/Hmuv50xxAgt

#OTD in 1773, all three tea ships were assembled at Griffin’s Wharf and waiting to be unloaded, the colonists were not w...
12/15/2019

#OTD in 1773, all three tea ships were assembled at Griffin’s Wharf and waiting to be unloaded, the colonists were not willing to pay the tax on the shipment, and the deadline for payment was about to bring the kettle to a boil.
#TossThatTea
Tix & more: ow.ly/Hmuv50xxAgt

After the third Body of the People meeting #OTD in 1773, Francis Rotch is sent to ask customs officials to let his ships...
12/14/2019

After the third Body of the People meeting #OTD in 1773, Francis Rotch is sent to ask customs officials to let his ships, the Dartmouth and the Beaver, depart without unloading. They, uh, they did not like that idea.
#TeaStories
#TossThatTea
Tix & more: ow.ly/Hmuv50xxAgt

In a letter published in the Boston Gazette #OTD in 1773, Philadelphia threw shade at Boston, admonishing our merchants ...
12/13/2019

In a letter published in the Boston Gazette #OTD in 1773, Philadelphia threw shade at Boston, admonishing our merchants for not resigning their commissions to sell the East India Company’s tea as they had in NY and Philly.
#TossThatTea
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You don't want this to be you, looking back with spiteful regret that you missed your chance to #TossThatTea. Don't be t...
12/12/2019
Old South Association in Boston

You don't want this to be you, looking back with spiteful regret that you missed your chance to #TossThatTea. Don't be this guy, get your tickets now.

Tix & more: ow.ly/Hmuv50xxAgt

When did they start calling it the "Boston Tea Party?" The term was coined in 1827 when Joshua Wyeth told his story to a...
12/11/2019

When did they start calling it the "Boston Tea Party?" The term was coined in 1827 when Joshua Wyeth told his story to a newspaper in Ohio, describing a night so dark that they could not recognize each other's soot-smeared faces.
#TeaStories
#TossThatTea
Tix: http://ow.ly/Hmuv50xxAgt

John Crane's Tea Party compatriots wrongly thought they had lost him when he was hit on the head by a suspended block an...
12/10/2019

John Crane's Tea Party compatriots wrongly thought they had lost him when he was hit on the head by a suspended block and tackle. Bet Alanis could sing a verse about a man with his name being hurt by a device used to lift heavy loads.
#TossThatTea
#TeaStories
#ItsLikeCraaaaaaaane

Tix & more: ow.ly/TLMP50xvCxk

There are lots of seats in the OSMH, but you'll need a ticket to take part in the Body of the People Meeting. Just one w...
12/09/2019

There are lots of seats in the OSMH, but you'll need a ticket to take part in the Body of the People Meeting. Just one week until we #TossThatTea!
Tix & more: http://ow.ly/TLMP50xvCxk

We saw the third ship come sailing in #OTD in 1773. The Beaver arrives in Boston Harbor with 112 chests of tea, but a sm...
12/07/2019

We saw the third ship come sailing in #OTD in 1773. The Beaver arrives in Boston Harbor with 112 chests of tea, but a smallpox outbreak onboard diverts them to Rainsford Island to be quarantined until they're deemed safe to dock.
#TossThatTea
Tix & more: http://ow.ly/yMuF50xtVu3

Don't forget to stop by our Holiday Open House today! Free admission all day. Learn about Boston 250 years ago with fun ...
12/07/2019

Don't forget to stop by our Holiday Open House today! Free admission all day. Learn about Boston 250 years ago with fun activities for all ages, enjoy a complimentary cup of DAVIDsTEA, and get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping! Jazz concert by New England Conservatory quartet begins at 11:30. From 10:30-12:30, meet 18th century Bostonians visiting from Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum Giant map puzzle courtesy of Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library

Thomas Melville had a fine life: multiple degrees, grandfather to a whale-obsessed author, Boston Tea Partier. But his g...
12/06/2019

Thomas Melville had a fine life: multiple degrees, grandfather to a whale-obsessed author, Boston Tea Partier. But his greatest achievement was saving some tea leaves he dug out of his boot that night for 246 years, now on display at the #OldStateHouse. #TeaStories #TossThatTea

Tix & more: https://bit.ly/2rnjnL1

#OTD in 1773 the Eleanor arrived in Boston Harbor, carrying another 114 chests of tea. That's just two weeks before we #...
12/02/2019
Old South Association in Boston

#OTD in 1773 the Eleanor arrived in Boston Harbor, carrying another 114 chests of tea. That's just two weeks before we #TossThatTea!

At the second Body of the People meeting #OTD in 1773, Governor Thomas Hutchinson was having none of it. He sent the She...
11/30/2019

At the second Body of the People meeting #OTD in 1773, Governor Thomas Hutchinson was having none of it. He sent the Sheriff with a letter calling it an illegal assembly that should be dispersed. Do you think they listened?
#TossThatTea
Tix & info: http://ow.ly/3ejS50xeSMt

11/29/2019

Stop by the Meeting House today for our Black Friday sale! Every item in our Gift Shop will be 10% off all day! We are open from 10AM-4PM, so come on by and start checking family and friends off of your holiday shopping list!!

"Really? You've got plans December 16th? You think there's something more important to do that night than marching down ...
11/27/2019
Old South Association in Boston

"Really? You've got plans December 16th? You think there's something more important to do that night than marching down to the water and showing King George III what we're made of? I don't want to hear it."
#TossThatTea
Tickets and info: http://ow.ly/3ejS50xeSMt

As we prepare to #TossthatTea, we're looking at some of the people who took part in or were affected by the Boston Tea P...
11/27/2019

As we prepare to #TossthatTea, we're looking at some of the people who took part in or were affected by the Boston Tea Party with #TeaStories. Much of what we know about that night comes from the recollection of George Robert Twelves Hewes, a shoemaker who lived to be almost 100.

Please join us on Saturday, December 7 at 11:30 a.m. for this free concert during our Holiday Open House.
11/25/2019
NEC at Old South Meeting House: Holiday Jazz Quartet

Please join us on Saturday, December 7 at 11:30 a.m. for this free concert during our Holiday Open House.

A cheerful holiday concert from NEC's Community Performances and Partnerships fellows. This series of holiday concerts is part of NEC’s trailblazing Community Performances and Partnerships (CPP) Program, which offers performances to the Boston community in a variety of venues and partnerships and ...

The time is nearly upon us. Come take part in the great debate in the very place where the Sons of Liberty met to decry ...
11/20/2019
Old South Association in Boston

The time is nearly upon us. Come take part in the great debate in the very place where the Sons of Liberty met to decry the unfair practices of King George's government. Then we'll head to the harbor to #TossThatTea! Tix & more below:

You hear that drumbeat? Less than a month until December 16! Get your tickets and join us to rail against the king at th...
11/19/2019
Old South Meeting House

You hear that drumbeat? Less than a month until December 16! Get your tickets and join us to rail against the king at the Old South Meeting House, followed by a fife & drum procession down to the wharf to #TossThatTea! Tickets and info below:

Abigail Adams didn't just want John to "remember the ladies." She added, "If particular care and attention is not paid t...
11/12/2019
2019 Boston Tea Party Reenactment

Abigail Adams didn't just want John to "remember the ladies." She added, "If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation." Though her letter was written a few years after the Boston Tea Party, Adams' insistence is evidence that the spirit of Revolution did not live only in the Sons of Liberty, but in all people yearning to be heard. Join us to hear the stories and voices of the people who gathered together to #TossThatTea.

For the first time, the Meeting of the Body of the People this December 16th will feature perspectives of 18th century w...
11/07/2019
Old South Association in Boston

For the first time, the Meeting of the Body of the People this December 16th will feature perspectives of 18th century women and people of color—Boston residents excluded from the town meetings that led to the Boston Tea Party. Hear their voices when we #TossThatTea.

Curious about Massachusetts leaders in the suffragist movement, from the 19th century to passage of the 19th Amendment? ...
11/07/2019
Suffrage 100: Massachusetts Women at the Forefront of Change

Curious about Massachusetts leaders in the suffragist movement, from the 19th century to passage of the 19th Amendment? Join us this evening to learn from Fredie Kay of @Suffrage100MA. FREE and open to the public. Register at https://osmhnovember7-19.bpt.me/

Continue learning about the history of suffrage with Fredie Kay next week at the Commonwealth Museum! OSMH members will have the opportunity to view the full panel exhibit created by @Suffrage100MA and discuss the partnership with the museum. After, you'll have the chance to tour the galleries with Museum Director Stephen Kenney.

Not a member of OSMH yet? Join today to gain special access to events throughout the year! https://67819.blackbaudhosting.com/67819/Membership

Fredie Kay will provide an overview of the suffrage movement in American history, with special attention to Massachusetts activists who paved the way for women's suffrage, including African Americans and other marginalized groups.

You voted-- good work! Now what? On Nov. 7, join us at the Meeting House to commemorate the upcoming centennial of the a...
11/05/2019
Old South Meeting House

You voted-- good work! Now what? On Nov. 7, join us at the Meeting House to commemorate the upcoming centennial of the adoption of the #19thAmendment to the U.S. Constitution, which prohibited federal and state governments from denying citizens the right to vote on the basis of sex.

Fredie Kay, Founder and President of Suffrage100MA, will speak about the American suffrage movement, with special attention to local Massachusetts activism involving African Americans and other marginalized groups.

From 5:30-6, join us for a reception with light refreshments, and a special opportunity to view several of the Commonwealth Museum’s “Suffragist of the Month” display panels, created by a partnership of the Commonwealth Museum, Secretary William F. Galvin, and Suffrage 100: Massachusetts Women at the Forefront of Change.
Talk begins at 6pm.

FREE and open to the public-- registration requested at https://osmhnovember7-19.bpt.me/

https://www.osmh.org/event/suffrage-100-massachusetts-women-at-the-forefront-of-change

Fredie Kay, Founder and President of Suffrage100MA, will discuss the the suffrage movement in American and Massachusetts history.

From the Sons of Liberty meeting to #TossThatTea, through the fight for women's suffrage, to this very Election Day, Ame...
11/05/2019

From the Sons of Liberty meeting to #TossThatTea, through the fight for women's suffrage, to this very Election Day, America is the story of its people striving to make their voices heard. Don't let this chance to join in that story pass you by. Get out there today and #VOTE!

From inside our Main Hall last night, decorated for a beautiful wedding.
11/02/2019

From inside our Main Hall last night, decorated for a beautiful wedding.

Another Saturday night, another wedding.  Love this couple's creative, fun approach!
10/26/2019

Another Saturday night, another wedding. Love this couple's creative, fun approach!

All dressed up tonight for a beautiful wedding!
09/15/2019

All dressed up tonight for a beautiful wedding!

08/28/2019
WGBH Forum Network

WGBH Forum Network

The Boston Globe reports that Amazon's security #surveillance company Ring has allied with local police departments.

How do we balance security and #privacy? Emiliano Falcon of ACLU of Massachusetts cites the need for more regulation, especially concerning facial recognition technology. More from Old South Meeting House: http://to.wgbh.org/6183EfRtP

Calling all OSMH Members: We're continuing our celebration of #PhillisWheatley this weekend with a brand new tour from B...
08/22/2019

Calling all OSMH Members: We're continuing our celebration of #PhillisWheatley this weekend with a brand new tour from Boston By Foot, Phillis Wheatley: Freedom and Slavery in Revolutionary Boston. As we follow her path throughout the city, we'll discuss the poet's remarkable life and learn about slavery in Revolutionary Era Boston. https://www.osmh.org/event/members-only-a-walk-with-phillis

Not a member of OSMH yet? Join today and walk with Phillis this weekend. https://www.osmh.org/support/membership

This week marks the 99th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment (August 18, 1920), which granted women th...
08/22/2019

This week marks the 99th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment (August 18, 1920), which granted women the right to vote. It is important to note that while this was a giant leap towards equal rights, at the time this right was only extended to white women. Women of color would not have this right guaranteed for another 45 years.

Join us in celebrating the women of the past and present by taking 10% off your purchase of "Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement," or "Anthology of Amazing Women" this week!

08/16/2019
WGBH Forum Network

WGBH Forum Network

This Sunday marks #PhillisWheatleyDay – the day she joined the Old South Meeting House in 1771. As a child, Wheatley was kidnapped from her home country and sold into slavery. She learned to read and write, and became an international celebrity after publishing a book of poems.

Hear more about this remarkable woman and how she used her poetry to challenge ideas of her time.

And to learn more about her relationship to the Old South Meeting House, watch: http://to.wgbh.org/6188E2sCY

Friday, August 16 AND Sunday, August 18 - Visit Old South Meeting House 10 am - 3 pm to learn about Phillis Wheatley's l...
08/15/2019

Friday, August 16 AND Sunday, August 18 - Visit Old South Meeting House 10 am - 3 pm to learn about Phillis Wheatley's life and poetry, around the 248th anniversary of this renowned African American writer's joining the Old South Meeting House congregation. Optional: Add an original Wheatley-inspired couplet to our in-house "Poetry Board"! We just might feature yours in a future post. #PhillisWheatley #literaryhistory #blackhistory #bostonhistory

Huzzah fellow patriots! Have you been anxiously waiting to purchase tickets for The 246th Anniversary Boston Tea Party R...
08/13/2019
Old South Meeting House

Huzzah fellow patriots! Have you been anxiously waiting to purchase tickets for The 246th Anniversary Boston Tea Party Reenactment? Well get ready to check one more thing off of your to do list! Tickets are on sale now, click the link below. Don't miss your chance to be a part of history!

https://www.osmh.org/event/the-246th-anniversary-boston-tea-party-reenactment

Celebrate the 246th Anniversary Boston Tea Party Reenactment with Old South Meeting House & Boston Tea Party Ships Museum

We had to to share our wonderful post from last year. Happy Birthday Lucy Stone! Check below for some interesting facts ...
08/13/2019

We had to to share our wonderful post from last year. Happy Birthday Lucy Stone! Check below for some interesting facts about her life!

#DYK Lucy Stone used the phrase made famous by James Otis, "No taxation without representation"? Lucy Stone invoked the revolutionary sentiment to call attention to women's rights. The suffragist and abolitionist was a trailblazer in many ways; she was the first Massachusetts woman to earn a college degree, she bucked tradition by keeping her maiden name, and she spoke up - fiercely and frequently- for women's rights.
#HBD Lucy Stone!

08/09/2019

Have you ever wondered about the tea dumped during the Boston Tea Party? Stop by our museum gift shop today, and curb your curiosity by tasting one of the five teas dumped that fateful night in 1773!

The tea tasting will begin at 2:00PM this afternoon. Don't miss your opportunity to get a taste of history!

Did you know that on this day 232 years ago (Aug. 6th, 1787) the first draft of the U.S. Constitution was debated at the...
08/06/2019

Did you know that on this day 232 years ago (Aug. 6th, 1787) the first draft of the U.S. Constitution was debated at the Constitutional Convention?

Stop by our gift shop this week, and receive 5% off any purchase of the U.S. Constitution or Articles of Confederation!

It's going to be a scorcher today.  As you plan your Freedom Trail day, plan on air conditioning at Old South Meeting Ho...
07/30/2019

It's going to be a scorcher today. As you plan your Freedom Trail day, plan on air conditioning at Old South Meeting House to cool off for a bit.

Did you know we carry books in our museum shop on Milk Street? We have this best seller, which is 40% off retail price o...
07/29/2019

Did you know we carry books in our museum shop on Milk Street? We have this best seller, which is 40% off retail price or $24 - a bargain for this fantastic biography!

07/04/2019
CBS This Morning

If you can't make it to the Esplanade tonight to see this in person, here's an inspiring way to mark our nation's founding and the ongoing work of We the People to create a more perfect union. Happy Fourth of July!

In honor of America's 243rd birthday, we asked 21-year-old Amanda Gorman, the inaugural National Youth Poet Laureate of the United States, to write a poem commemorating the occasion.

Her poem, "Believer's Hymn for the Republic," is set to music performed by Boston Pops Orchestra, which gives one of America's most famous Fourth of July concerts each year. 🎆

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