The Bostonian Society

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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

As a non-profit organization, we are prohibited from taking sides in political feuds, nor should the lion on our rooftop...
05/13/2019

As a non-profit organization, we are prohibited from taking sides in political feuds, nor should the lion on our rooftop be taken as fealty to any particular house.
#WinterisalwayscomingbecauseBoston
#aHancockalwayspayshisdebts
#theNorthEndremembers
#theharborisdeepandfulloftea

This is a fantastic Professional Development opportunity for teachers in Boston Public Schools to take learning outside ...
05/10/2019
Application for Place-Based Boston: In Pursuit of the American Promise: Women as Agents of Change Professional Development

This is a fantastic Professional Development opportunity for teachers in Boston Public Schools to take learning outside of the classroom.

We are so proud to work with Place Based Boston to give educators resources to inspire young minds.

Place-Based Boston is a dynamic teaching and learning collaborative comprised of sites along Boston’s Trails to Freedom and on the Harbor Islands. Organizations include Old South Meeting House, Museum of African American History, Old State House, USS Constitution Museum, Old North Church, Paul Rev...

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05/10/2019

The Bostonian Society's cover photo

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05/10/2019

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Sun's out, towers out.
05/06/2019

Sun's out, towers out.

The Bostonian Society
05/03/2019

The Bostonian Society

When it shows up in The Boston Globe, it's getting real. Guess we need to go ring shopping, right Old South Meeting Hous...
05/03/2019
Boards of Old State House, Old South Meeting House eye merger

When it shows up in The Boston Globe, it's getting real. Guess we need to go ring shopping, right Old South Meeting House?

The boards of the nonprofit Bostonian Society and the Old South Association of Boston voted last week to support a proposed merger after nine months of discussions.

Love it when people are inspired by Boston's beautiful old architecture.
04/30/2019

Love it when people are inspired by Boston's beautiful old architecture.

I visited downtown Boston one rainy day. #bluesketches . The old state house.

In pursuit of our shared commitment to providing an engaging and enriching experience of American history, our board and...
04/26/2019
The Bostonian Society — Old State House

In pursuit of our shared commitment to providing an engaging and enriching experience of American history, our board and the board governing the Old South Meeting House each voted this week to pursue a merger of our two organizations.

Both organizations are united in believing a potential merger will enhance our ability to tell the interwoven stories of these historic buildings for generations to come and allow us to realize a bold vision for public history in Boston.

The vote comes after nine months of thoughtful and detailed discussions among our staff and board members. Each site will continue to welcome visitors and pursue its mission without interruption as we complete a formal agreement, expected later this year.

As we approach the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution, we see a remarkable opportunity to innovate, ask urgent questions, and move two of our most cherished historic sites to the center of Boston’s cultural life as profoundly inclusive destinations for all.

Our thanks to Marty Walsh and the City of Boston for a great event yesterday celebrating the work of the Community Prese...
04/23/2019

Our thanks to Marty Walsh and the City of Boston for a great event yesterday celebrating the work of the Community Preservation Act, and for recognizing the value of historic preservation in building and sustaining a vibrant city. And thanks to the Mayor's office for snapping a pic with our Board Chair Martha McNamara and Executive Director Nat Sheidley.

The drum beat of Revolution was loud and strong 244 years ago. The Battles of Lexington and Concord happened on this day...
04/19/2019

The drum beat of Revolution was loud and strong 244 years ago. The Battles of Lexington and Concord happened on this day in 1775.

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03/31/2019

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#OldStateHouse #GoldenBoy
03/25/2019

#OldStateHouse #GoldenBoy

Like a lot of people today, the British were eager to get out of Boston on March 17, 1776. But they weren't trying to es...
03/17/2019

Like a lot of people today, the British were eager to get out of Boston on March 17, 1776. But they weren't trying to escape parade crowds and mysterious green liquids trickling in the street, but George Washington and the Continental Army. #EvacuationDay http://ow.ly/f22x30o3WWw

Our #ThroughTheKeyhole exhibit asks questions about the perspectives that are lost through selective historical preserva...
03/15/2019

Our #ThroughTheKeyhole exhibit asks questions about the perspectives that are lost through selective historical preservation. With fewer artifacts and primary sources, scholars don't have much to build on. Whose stories do you think are missing in the history of this country?

Hope this doesn't put a crimp in your day. This pastry-making accessory comes from our scrimshaw collection and dates fr...
03/14/2019

Hope this doesn't put a crimp in your day. This pastry-making accessory comes from our scrimshaw collection and dates from the mid-19th century. It's weird, we can measure the radius of the disc, but can't seem to figure out the circumference...
#PiDay

03/14/2019
Freedom Trail Foundation

Freedom Trail Foundation

Patrick Carr became the fifth and final victim of the massacre on #thisdayinhistory.

Hey, you know, it's pretty nice out there today.
03/11/2019

Hey, you know, it's pretty nice out there today.

The Council Chamber of the #OldStateHouse will be closed to the public to accommodate filming on Saturday, March 9. The ...
03/08/2019

The Council Chamber of the #OldStateHouse will be closed to the public to accommodate filming on Saturday, March 9. The rest of the museum will be open. We can neither confirm nor deny whether it's for Star Wars Episode IX, but...

Among the most enduring legacies of the Boston Massacre is the story of Crispus Attucks, whose death at the hands of the...
03/05/2019
Blog: On King Street — Old State House

Among the most enduring legacies of the Boston Massacre is the story of Crispus Attucks, whose death at the hands of the King's soldiers has been used to galvanize political movements and give focus to protestors for almost two and a half centuries. Read about how his story had been seen by different generations in our blog.

On King Street

A lot of attention gets paid to the events of March 5, 1770 and the lives lost that day, and rightly so. But it is what ...
03/05/2019
The Aftermath

A lot of attention gets paid to the events of March 5, 1770 and the lives lost that day, and rightly so. But it is what followed in the wake of the Massacre, its long term impact that has made it such an integral part of the story of American Independence. Find out more about the aftermath of the Massacre in the blog post below.

The Boston Massacre provoked a political crisis of enormous significance, and left leaders desperate to find a way to prevent more bloodshed. William B. Warner, Professor of English at University of California, Santa Barbara, explores the day after the Massacre.

Today is the 249th anniversary of the event that came to be known as the Boston Massacre. Through the many years, and th...
03/05/2019
The Boston Massacre

Today is the 249th anniversary of the event that came to be known as the Boston Massacre. Through the many years, and the dogged efforts of the Sons of Liberty, it is an event that has reached legendary status, and the veils of mythology and time have clouded what most Americans know of the actual events. Check this entry on our blog for a good primer on the Massacre, and visit the #OldStateHouse to see more and take a specialty tour.

The Boston Massacre came after mounting tensions between colonists and the King's troops, and set the stage for the American Revolution.

Because of the extreme weather conditions, the #OldStateHouse will be closed on Monday, March 4th.
03/04/2019

Because of the extreme weather conditions, the #OldStateHouse will be closed on Monday, March 4th.

The #OldStateHouse will open at 11 on Monday, as we're finding it difficult to March forth in these conditions.
03/04/2019

The #OldStateHouse will open at 11 on Monday, as we're finding it difficult to March forth in these conditions.

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03/01/2019

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The Boston Massacre reenactment, which the Bostonian Society has hosted in previous years, will not be held in 2019. Wit...
02/28/2019
Massacre Commemoration 2019 — Old State House

The Boston Massacre reenactment, which the Bostonian Society has hosted in previous years, will not be held in 2019. With the 250th anniversary of the Boston Massacre coming in 2020, we are taking time to re-examine and re-imagine how we commemorate this milestone on the road to American Independence. Plans are underway to create exciting new interpretive programming to connect the public to this moment in history.

We invite the public to visit the Old State House during our regular museum hours of 9AM-5PM to engage with the history and legacy of the Boston Massacre through our educator-facilitated tours and gallery exhibits. We would also direct you to our blog as a resource for understanding the events of the Boston Massacre and its enduring impact on our nation.

249th Anniversary of the Boston Massacre

It is always a pleasure to work with Patrick Gabridge, and we're proud to be bringing Cato & Dolly back this summer. The...
02/21/2019
Meet Medford playwright and novelist Patrick Gabridge

It is always a pleasure to work with Patrick Gabridge, and we're proud to be bringing Cato & Dolly back this summer. Theatre is a phenomenal tool for bringing history to life, and it's wonderful to see audiences making lasting emotional connections to stories they otherwise might never have heard.

Patrick Gabridge is a Medford-based writer with a broad range of experiences, and his work has been appearing on Boston-area stages with some regularity

Today Americans celebrate this gent's birthday, not with cake and gifts, but with binge-watching and low low prices on m...
02/18/2019

Today Americans celebrate this gent's birthday, not with cake and gifts, but with binge-watching and low low prices on mattresses. Though during his presidency, there were artillery salutes and fancy balls, Washington himself likely preferred a quiet night at home. #PresidentsDay

Happy #ValentinesDay!
02/14/2019

Happy #ValentinesDay!

Well, this is happening now, so we're going to close at 3PM today. Stay warm and safe!
02/12/2019

Well, this is happening now, so we're going to close at 3PM today. Stay warm and safe!

This little piggy went to fires on the hood of a Charlestown engine in the 1800s. He may not be from the Revolutionary E...
02/04/2019

This little piggy went to fires on the hood of a Charlestown engine in the 1800s. He may not be from the Revolutionary Era, but he's got such a friendly demeanor we thought he might serve as a sign of good fortune for those celebrating the #YearofthePig.

The Old State House will be closed February 4-8, for our annual cleaning week, which will include climbing up on a ladde...
02/01/2019

The Old State House will be closed February 4-8, for our annual cleaning week, which will include climbing up on a ladder and dusting this chandelier in the Council Chamber. Folks, this is truly the glamorous side of history and preservation.

Apropos of nothing, check out this #SuperBowl from our collection, owned by one of our nation's greatest PATRIOTS, John ...
02/01/2019

Apropos of nothing, check out this #SuperBowl from our collection, owned by one of our nation's greatest PATRIOTS, John Hancock. We already have SO MANY of these things, but each one is special.

We're not trying to act like we haven't had some work done, but even still, the 249 Year Challenge looks pretty damn goo...
01/31/2019

We're not trying to act like we haven't had some work done, but even still, the 249 Year Challenge looks pretty damn good on us.

The unicorn in the British Royal Seal represents Scotland, and is traditionally depicted chained, as it is considered to...
01/25/2019

The unicorn in the British Royal Seal represents Scotland, and is traditionally depicted chained, as it is considered too powerful to be free. We gladly salute this lad for #BurnsDay, seen here right after his last cleaning. Boil the haggis and tak' a cup o' kindness!

We never tire of finding all the little details about this building that make it stand out from the crowd of skyscrapers...
01/24/2019

We never tire of finding all the little details about this building that make it stand out from the crowd of skyscrapers and office buildings around us.

From now until the end of the government #shutdown, furloughed federal workers can visit the #OldStateHouse absolutely f...
01/23/2019

From now until the end of the government #shutdown, furloughed federal workers can visit the #OldStateHouse absolutely free.

Government offices may be closed, but our doors are open. Starting Wednesday, January 23, furloughed federal employees c...
01/22/2019

Government offices may be closed, but our doors are open. Starting Wednesday, January 23, furloughed federal employees can enjoy free admission to the #OldStateHouse. This program will remain in effect until the #shutdown ends, and our friends and neighbors can return to work.

Take snow, add raining ice pellets, then drop down to single-digit temps, and you've got yourself a hazardous area downt...
01/21/2019

Take snow, add raining ice pellets, then drop down to single-digit temps, and you've got yourself a hazardous area downtown. The #OldStateHouse will be closed on Monday, January 21. Stay safe and warm and come and see us soon!

Due to the extreme weather forecast, the Old State House will delay opening until 11 AM on Sunday, January 20. Take your...
01/20/2019

Due to the extreme weather forecast, the Old State House will delay opening until 11 AM on Sunday, January 20. Take your time shoveling and have an extra cup of cocoa before you come see us.

By the 1737 calendar, today is John Hancock's birthday. It changed when England and her dominions adopted the Gregorian ...
01/12/2019

By the 1737 calendar, today is John Hancock's birthday. It changed when England and her dominions adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1752. Anyway, if you see him, let him know we've got a bunch of his stuff, and he might have a hard time throwing a party without his front door.

01/08/2019
City of Boston Archaeology Program

City of Boston Archaeology Program

This is the three year anniversary of our most popular creation! This animation features the Old State House, first built in 1713, walking back its 1775 appearance during the Boston Massacre (with a cameo from the First "Old Brick" Church built in 1713), and the Town House first built in 1657 before ending with its approximate appearance before European arrival. Today, the building is operated and beautifully maintained by the The Bostonian Society and landmark designated by the Boston Landmarks Commission. Is there a place in Boston you would like to see receive this walk-through-time animation? Let us know in the comments!

There's still time to enter the 2018 Essay Contest, co-sponsored by Boston Duck Tours and Revolution 250. It's open to g...
01/07/2019

There's still time to enter the 2018 Essay Contest, co-sponsored by Boston Duck Tours and Revolution 250. It's open to grades 5-8 and asks students to focus on King Philip's War. Submissions due Feburary 15. Click for more info: http://ow.ly/hg3v30n4UFg

Happy New Year! We may be closed today, but we are looking ahead to an amazing 2019 as we aim to change the way people i...
01/01/2019

Happy New Year! We may be closed today, but we are looking ahead to an amazing 2019 as we aim to change the way people in Boston and beyond relate to American history. We hope you'll join us!

We don't know where you'll be at the stroke of midnight, but we do know that you won't be here tomorrow. The Old State H...
12/31/2018

We don't know where you'll be at the stroke of midnight, but we do know that you won't be here tomorrow. The Old State House is closed on New Year's Day, and we're pretty sure you'll be wanting a day to recover, too.

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