Calendar of Events
Old State House Tours
The Old State House was the political center of Revolutionary Boston and the first sparks of the American Revolution took place in or near this amazing building. Experience the power of the revolutionary ideas that were debated here and discover how the passionate voices of John Hancock, Samuel Adams, James Otis and others rang out from these halls and changed American history forever. (10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.)
Boston Massacre Tours
Explore the actual site of the Boston Massacre and discover what really happened on that cold March night in 1770, when an angry crowd surrounded British troops in front of the Old State House. In the end, five Bostonians were killed and The Bloody Massacre on King Street became the most infamous story in Revolutionary America. (10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.)
Theme tour daily at 3:00 p.m. based on topics choosen and researched by our Education Associates. Call 617-720-1713, ext. 21 for details on the day's tour.
April School Vacation Week
April 18 - 22, 11 a.m. to noon
Young visitors can hunt for artifacts using the Old State House scavenger hunt or drop-in on one of our hands-on historical activities: Hear a story read aloud, fashion a coat of arms, create your own colonial portrait, design a broadside or make a paper lantern. All activities are free with museum admission. Kids 18 and under accompanied by an adult are admitted to the Old State House for FREE.
J. L. Bell and The Boston Comics Roundtable present:
Family Program: Comic History - Make Your Own Comic Exploring The Stamp Act
Friday, April 22, 2:00 p.m.
Comics, stamps, and protests will fill April school vacation week. Join the Massachusetts Historical Society, Shirley Eustis House, Longfellow House - Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site, and Old State House for hands-on history programs that will use comics to explore the Stamp Act and the protests that started America on the road to the Revolution. Participants will receive a comic book that tells the story of the stamp act in four chapters with art by Jesse Lonergan, John Carvajal, LJ Baptiste Ben Doane, and Jerel Dye.
Noted historian J.L. Bell will engage participants in the history of the Stamp Act through the stories of eighteenth-century children. After the discussion, local comic book artists associated with the Boston Comics Roundtable will assist and inspire young historians as they fill in the blank pages at the end of the comic book with their own comic.
The Old State House workshop is free with admission (adults $10 and children under 18 free). Space is limited and prior registration is required. The program and the comic book have been made possible through the support of the Society of the Cincinnati and Massachusetts Historical Society.
Author Talk with Joseph Bagley
"A History of Boston in 50 Artifacts"
April 28, 6:00 p.m.
It might not be the most popular construction project, but Boston's Big Dig has contributed more to our understanding and appreciation of the city's archaeological history than any other recent event. Join Joseph M. Bagley, city archaeologist of Boston and author of "A History of Boston in 50 Artifacts" for a look at Boston's fascinating hodgepodge of history-from ancient fishing grounds to Jazz Age red-light districts. From cannonballs to drinking cups and from ancient spears to chinaware, he will discuss a number of artifacts and their significance in the city's history. Book sales and signing to follow. Event is Free, but space is limited.
Blood on the Snow: A Sneak-Peek and Talkback
April 30, 4:00 p.m.
"Blood on the Snow" is a new play by Patrick Gabridge, set and staged in the Council Chamber of Boston's Old State House. In this very room almost 250 years ago, the leaders of Boston struggled to heal their town after the Boston Massacre and unwittingly placed Massachusetts on the road to revolution.
During ArtWeek, join us for a free, behind-the-scenes look at this compelling, site-specific drama. After watching part of a rehearsal, the audience will have a chance to talk with the cast, director, and members of the creative team about the play.
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