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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: @BostonianSoc Subscribe to our YouTube Channel: /thebostoniansociety Follow us on Instagram: @BostonianSociety Discover more on our blog: http://bostonhistory.org/kingstreet

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
Revolutionary Spaces

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.)

Watch now! Playwright Patrick Gabridge sat down with PBS this past summer to talk about Cato & Dolly at the Old State House for an upcoming episode of The Future of America's Past. You can watch it on PBS sometime in April, but it's also available to watch online right now! Make some tea, cozy up, and press play.

Caty & Dolly - presented by The Bostonian Society just before its merger with the Old South Association - is a new play offering a glimpse of everyday life inside the Hancock House through the eyes of those who lived there: Cato Hancock, an enslaved man serving the Hancock household, and Dolly Hancock, John Hancock’s wife and First Lady of Massachusetts.

03/17/2020
WGBH Forum Network

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!

"Bostonians were deeply divided in 1770," said Nat Sheidley about the city's reaction after the #BostonMassacre "But they came together in this great hall every March 5th in order to fashion their loss into a powerful sense of shared purpose."

Watch more via Revolutionary Spaces to see what we can learn from history in moments of crisis: https://forum-network.org/lectures/commemorating-250th-anniversary-boston-massacre/

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
Revolutionary Spaces

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/

🚨 The Old State House and Old South Meeting House will be CLOSED through March 31, and all events in that time period are canceled. Leadership will continue monitoring the situation and reassess closures within the next two weeks.

The primary tool for mitigating the spread of COVID-19 is to promote social distancing. Revolutionary Spaces' work is rooted in bringing people together to learn, explore, and debate at two of our nation's most iconic historic sites. At this time, we cannot continue this work without threatening the well-being of the community to which we belong.

More info below ⬇️

03/08/2020
Revolution250

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

#BostonMassacre250 #Revolution250 #RevolutionarySpaces #America250

03/06/2020
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We are LIVE at the Old South Meeting House, sharing stories of the victims of the #BostonMassacre and exploring how we use our memories of the past to build our future.

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03/05/2020

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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.
#BostonMassacre250
#ReflectingAttucks

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03/05/2020

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"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.
#BostonMassacre250
#ReflectingAttucks

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 #ReflectingAttucks soon before we have to put it back vault.

Paul Revere's engraving may be the most indelible image of the #BostonMassacre. 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 #OldStateHouse as part of #ReflectingAttucks.

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

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!

Tomorrow marks the 250th anniversary of the #BostonMassacre, but how much do you remember about the events of March 5, 1770?

Check out Spencer Buell’s latest Boston Magazine article: “Six Things Everyone Gets Wrong about the Boston Massacre” featuring our own President & CEO, Nat Sheidley!

03/03/2020
WGBH Forum Network

Be sure to follow Revolutionary Spaces to see the LIVE broadcast of Thursday's Commemoration of the 250th Anniversary of the Boston Massacre.

The city of Boston marks 250 years since the occurrence of the Boston Massacre, known to the British as the Incident on King Street. A confrontation on March 5, 1770 involved British soldiers who shot and killed several residents on a Boston street as tensions between soldiers and colonists rose to a breaking point.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and other officials will speak to mark the occasion at Old South Meeting House.

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!

#BostonMassacre250

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 #ReflectingAttucks. It's a stunning reminder of the unjust margin...
02/18/2020
Revolutionary Spaces

A reproduction of this painting appears in our exhibit #ReflectingAttucks. 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.

This documentary follows the legacy of William Cooper Nell's "Colored Patriots of the American Revolution" in helping all remember that black Americans have been a part of this country since before its founding. The story of Crispus Attucks they mention here drives home how inextricably linked the fight for Independence was with the fight for Freedom.

The show airs tomorrow night on History Channel.

#BostonMassacre250 #ReflectingAttucks #BlackHistoryMonth

#BostonMassacre

Watch Revolutionary Spaces President & CEO Nat Sheidley talk with Karen Holmes Ward on WCVB CityLine about Crispus Attuc...
02/17/2020
CityLine: Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020: Crispus Attucks, fallen patriot

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!

#BostonMassacre250

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 #BostonM...
02/16/2020

Watch WCVB CityLine TODAY at Noon to see Revolutionary Spaces President & CEO Nat Sheidley talk about plans for #BostonMassacre250 and the upcoming #ReflectingAttucks 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 #ReflectingAttucks 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
Online Voter Application

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 #BostonMassacre. 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.

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01/09/2020
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Budding filmmakers, there are just a few days left before the submission deadline for the Documentary Contest, supported by Revolutionary Spaces, #Rev250, and #BostonDuckTours!

bostonhistory.org/documentary-contest

01/08/2020
Revolutionary Spaces

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

"I think what's most exciting is an opportunity to reach new audiences and to bring people together with us to have a conversation about what this history means and how it can serve us moving forward."

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

From The Boston Globe:
“What we can do is give people a glimpse of the past, and also give them something to talk about today,” Sheidley said. “The revolution isn’t over. Each generation needs to revisit these questions.”
https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2020/01/07/two-freedom-trail-destinations-joining-forces/UZrRjtOrwoB1CRqZD5WYhJ/story.htmlfirstrun

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 #OldStateHouse will be closed tomorrow for Christmas Day. We wish you all the best for a warm holiday with family an...
12/24/2019

The #OldStateHouse 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 #ThroughTheKeyhole leave, but we are so excited for what comes next!
12/17/2019

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

Today is your last chance to look #ThroughTheKeyhole! The exhibit is closing to make way for new work in 2020, so join u...
12/15/2019

Today is your last chance to look #ThroughTheKeyhole! 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 #ThroughTheKeyhole, and we are always looking for ways to invite mor...
12/14/2019

It has been so valuable hearing your stories during #ThroughTheKeyhole, 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. #ThroughTheKeyhole 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 #ThroughTheKeyhole. This weekend is your last ...
12/12/2019

As we prepare for an exciting new exhibit in 2020, we must say goodbye to #ThroughTheKeyhole. 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.

#GivingTuesday is almost over, and we are so grateful for your support. You generosity helps bring people together to pr...
12/04/2019

#GivingTuesday is almost over, and we are so grateful for your support. You generosity helps bring people together to provide a transformational experience of our shared history. Thank you. bostonhistory.org/donate

More than 3,500 kids, grades K-12, had a first-hand experience of history by visiting the #OldStateHouse. Ignite a life-...
12/03/2019

More than 3,500 kids, grades K-12, had a first-hand experience of history by visiting the #OldStateHouse. Ignite a life-long love of learning that can begin when they expand their education outside the walls of the classroom. #GivingTuesday bostonhistory.org/donate

Our weatherstripping and window restoration project this April helped shield the #OldStateHouse tower against more than ...
12/03/2019

Our weatherstripping and window restoration project this April helped shield the #OldStateHouse tower against more than 33” of rain since the spring. You can protect this treasured landmark with a gift this #GivingTuesday. bostonhistory.org/donate

Nearly 6,500 people made lasting emotional connections with real historical figures over 249 performances of “Cato & Dol...
12/03/2019

Nearly 6,500 people made lasting emotional connections with real historical figures over 249 performances of “Cato & Dolly” and “The Petition.” Support more programs that help audiences experience these oft-overlooked stories. #GivingTuesday bostonhistory.org/donate

Standing at the crossroads of history, the #OldStateHouse has a unique power to bring people together to explore our nat...
12/03/2019

Standing at the crossroads of history, the #OldStateHouse has a unique power to bring people together to explore our nation’s most vital foundational debates. Help inspire all people to take part in the American conversation. #GivingTuesday bostonhistory.org/donate

12/03/2019

The #OldStateHouse will delay opening until 11AM this morning. Stay safe and stay warm!

You're inside, you're bundled up, you're heading into the year end, and you're making your plans for #GivingTuesday tomo...
12/02/2019

You're inside, you're bundled up, you're heading into the year end, and you're making your plans for #GivingTuesday tomorrow. We're looking to the future, too, to a bolder and more inclusive vision of public history, and we can't do it without your help.

http://ow.ly/cCEv50xpz0C

When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for the #OldStateHouse to close at 5PM, don’t despair. We hold ...
12/01/2019

When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for the #OldStateHouse to close at 5PM, don’t despair. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that our other locations will remain open until 9PM.
#MuseumStoreSunday
https://www.bostonhistory.org/gift-shops

-Support local museum: ✅-Do some early holiday shopping: ✅-Help young girl on your list discover stories of women who ha...
12/01/2019

-Support local museum: ✅
-Do some early holiday shopping: ✅
-Help young girl on your list discover stories of women who have shaped history and inspire her to make a better and more just world: ✅✅✅
-We also have shot glasses: ✅
#MuseumStoreSunday http://ow.ly/JVTe50xmh89

Share food, share friends, share fortune, share burdens, share memories, share ideas, share laughs, share plans. A lot o...
11/28/2019

Share food, share friends, share fortune, share burdens, share memories, share ideas, share laughs, share plans. A lot of good can come from sharing your table. Happy Thanksgiving!

Making your plans for this #GivingTuesday? Be a part of the upcoming 250th anniversary of American Independence, and a b...
11/27/2019

Making your plans for this #GivingTuesday? Be a part of the upcoming 250th anniversary of American Independence, and a bold vision for how connecting to our history can help shape our future. bostonhistory.org/donate

While the museum and shops will be closed tomorrow for Thanksgiving, come and visit us this weekend. We’d love to see yo...
11/27/2019

While the museum and shops will be closed tomorrow for Thanksgiving, come and visit us this weekend. We’d love to see you on #MuseumStoreSunday, a great way to get your shopping done and support the local cultural institutions you love! http://ow.ly/Nghi50xmgr2

Veteran's Day is a good time to remind you that we are a #BlueStarMuseum. In 2018, we had over 8,000 service members and...
11/11/2019

Veteran's Day is a good time to remind you that we are a #BlueStarMuseum. In 2018, we had over 8,000 service members and their families take advantage of free admission to the #OldStateHouse, and we are proud to extend some small measure of gratitude to those who serve.

The charm of the #OldStateHouse and its place as a link to our past owes much to the little ornamental details, like the...
11/07/2019

The charm of the #OldStateHouse and its place as a link to our past owes much to the little ornamental details, like these urns on the second stage of our tower. But they are badly damaged and in need of repair. Head to bostonhistory.org/donate to keep this building beautiful.

A stunning before-and-after of recent repairs on the #OldStateHouse tower that friends and supporters like you make poss...
11/06/2019

A stunning before-and-after of recent repairs on the #OldStateHouse tower that friends and supporters like you make possible. While engaged in the scrape/sand/paint process on the wood, the Facilities team found a few other architectural elements in urgent need. More to come...

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