The Bostonian Society

The Bostonian Society Boston's revolutionary history museum.
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The Bostonian Society is dedicated to studying, and preserving Boston’s uniquely important history, embodied in materials, records, and structures such as the Old State House, and in sharing an understanding of the revolutionary ideas born here. Follow us on twitter:
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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.

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.

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09/08/2020

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! Here's your periodic reminder that the Bostonian Society is no longer, as we merged with the Old South Associa...
04/28/2020

Hi folks! Here's your periodic reminder that the Bostonian Society is no longer, as we merged with the Old South Association in January. Please follow Revolutionary Spaces for all Old State House and Old South Meeting House updates!

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/

Check it out! Cato & Dolly is featured in a PBS series called The Future of America's Past. Watch now!(And follow Revolu...
03/18/2020

Check it out! Cato & Dolly is featured in a PBS series called The Future of America's Past. Watch now!

(And follow Revolutionary Spaces for more content and resources while we're hunkered down for a few weeks.)

What did “freedom” mean during the American Revolution?

03/17/2020

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

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

The Old State House and Old South Meeting 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...

03/08/2020

Follow Revolutionary Spaces and stay tuned for more upcoming events, exhibits, and conversations!

03/06/2020
03/05/2020

One of the only objects connected to Crispus Attucks that remains is a teapot. Artist Frano Violich's piece "Material Witness" imposes disjointed body parts onto casts of the teapot, highlighting our fragmented understanding of Attucks' life.

03/05/2020

"Redcoats" by Larry Rivers invites viewers to imagine themselves on the receiving end of hostile fire, standing against injustice. The specific events depicted may have happened 250 years ago, but the POV is all too familiar and relevant.

Out of the dark and into public view, this print is one of the favorites of our collection. But years of damage mean we ...
03/05/2020

Out of the dark and into public view, this print is one of the favorites of our collection. But years of damage mean we can't keep it out for long. Come visit soon before we have to put it back vault.

Paul Revere's engraving may be the most indelible image of the . Its explicit bias became the final word on the tragedy and has shaped the narrative for generations. Our original print is now on limited display at the as part of .

Here's your periodic reminder to head on over and follow Revolutionary Spaces for the most updated info about events and...
03/04/2020

Here's your periodic reminder to head on over and follow Revolutionary Spaces for the most updated info about events and happenings at the Old State House!

It wasn't even a massacre, and other misconceptions about the 250-year-old killings.

The 250th anniversary of the Boston Massacre is one week from today. Follow Revolutionary Spaces for events and updates!...
02/27/2020

The 250th anniversary of the Boston Massacre is one week from today. Follow Revolutionary Spaces for events and 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!

A reproduction of this painting appears in our exhibit  . It's a stunning reminder of the unjust marginalization of the ...
02/18/2020

A reproduction of this painting appears in our exhibit . It's a stunning reminder of the unjust marginalization of the lives and contributions of Black Americans to every era of the growth of this nation.

Watch Revolutionary Spaces President & CEO Nat Sheidley talk with Karen Holmes Ward on WCVB CityLine about Crispus Attuc...
02/17/2020

Watch Revolutionary Spaces President & CEO Nat Sheidley talk with Karen Holmes Ward on WCVB CityLine about Crispus Attucks our plans for programs this year.

Remember to follow Revolutionary Spaces for all news and updates!

The first casualty of the American Revolution.

Watch WCVB CityLine TODAY at Noon to see Revolutionary Spaces President & CEO Nat Sheidley talk about plans for   and th...
02/16/2020

Watch WCVB CityLine TODAY at Noon to see Revolutionary Spaces President & CEO Nat Sheidley talk about plans for and the upcoming exhibit, opening soon at the Old State House!

Thanks for having us, WCVB CityLine! Tune into WCVB on Sunday at Noon - President & CEO Nat Sheidley will discuss our upcoming exhibit, the 250th Anniversary of the Boston Massacre, and how these historic events tie into present day challenges.

The deadline to register for the Massachusetts presidential primary is TOMORROW! Don't let this chance to make a differe...
02/11/2020

The deadline to register for the Massachusetts presidential primary is TOMORROW! Don't let this chance to make a difference pass you by.

Just three weeks after the events of March 5, 1770, Paul Revere and the Sons of Liberty were using the memory of the Bos...
02/05/2020

Just three weeks after the events of March 5, 1770, Paul Revere and the Sons of Liberty were using the memory of the Boston Massacre to stir up emotion in the people of Boston. As the colonies moved toward Revolution, annual Boston Massacre Orations at the Old South Meeting House kept that memory alive.

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.

01/09/2020

Submit a video documentary by January 14, 2020 about a notable person who lived in your community.

01/08/2020

Our CEO Nat Sheidley introduces Revolutionary Spaces and talks about our vision for the future of public history.

That wreath was hung from the balcony for the holidays, but we're still feeling the love for today's announcement!
01/07/2020

That wreath was hung from the balcony for the holidays, but we're still feeling the love for today's announcement!

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.

It’s official! We’re merging with the Old South Meeting House to create Revolutionary Spaces, a dynamic new cultural res...
01/07/2020

It’s official! We’re merging with the Old South Meeting House 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!

The   will be closed tomorrow for Christmas Day. We wish you all the best for a warm holiday with family and friends.
12/24/2019

The will be closed tomorrow for Christmas Day. We wish you all the best for a warm holiday with family and friends.

We're sorry to see   leave, but we are so excited for what comes next!
12/17/2019

We're sorry to see leave, but we are so excited for what comes next!

Today is your last chance to look  ! The exhibit is closing to make way for new work in 2020, so join us today to see ho...
12/15/2019

Today is your last chance to look ! The exhibit is closing to make way for new work in 2020, so join us today to see how selective preservation shapes our understanding of history, and what stories those choices may leave behind.

More: https://www.bostonhistory.org/through-the-keyhole

It has been so valuable hearing your stories during  , and we are always looking for ways to invite more audiences to ta...
12/14/2019

It has been so valuable hearing your stories during , and we are always looking for ways to invite more audiences to take part in the conversation. The exhibition closes tomorrow, so join us and see what other visitors have to say.

More: https://www.bostonhistory.org/through-the-keyhole

It's been wonderful sharing the original Hancock mansion door and its stories with the people of Boston, but all good th...
12/13/2019

It's been wonderful sharing the original Hancock mansion door and its stories with the people of Boston, but all good things must end. ends this weekend, and Sunday is your last chance to see some of these artifacts for a while.
More: https://www.bostonhistory.org/through-the-keyhole

As we prepare for an exciting new exhibit in 2020, we must say goodbye to  . This weekend is your last chance to see thi...
12/12/2019

As we prepare for an exciting new exhibit in 2020, we must say goodbye to . This weekend is your last chance to see this look at how the objects we preserve shape the stories we remember.

More info: bostonhistory.org/through-the-keyhole

A lovely shot by Paul J. Lane. Sometimes winter in this city is like a kind of magic.
12/04/2019

A lovely shot by Paul J. Lane. Sometimes winter in this city is like a kind of magic.

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