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., 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., 2:30 p.m., 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.
245th Anniversary of the Boston MassacreOld State House Saturday, March 7
The Old State House will be abuzz with a full day of family-friendly activities on March 7, 2015 commemorating and reenacting the Boston Massacre.
Little Redcoats and Little Bostonians - interactive program for children
10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Learn what life was like for Bostonians and British soldiers in Boston in the months leading up to the Boston Massacre. Free; in front the Old State House.
Blood on the Snow - short history theater performance
11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Delve into the stark choices that faced the British Acting Governor Thomas Hutchinson in the aftermath of the Massacre as shocked Bostonians demanded immediate action to prevent further bloodshed. Actors will present a scene from Patrick Gabridge's original drama, Blood on the Snow. Free with museum admission; in the Old State House.
Trial of the Century - interactive program for all ages
11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Watch patriot lawyers John Adams and Josiah Quincy defend the British soldiers accused of murdering Bostonians. Audience members are invited to act as witnesses and jurors for this celebrated case. Free with museum admission; in the Old State House. (Space is limited; tickets for both performances go on sale at 9:00 a.m. at the Old State House Museum front desk.)
Boston Massacre Reenactment
Witness the Boston Massacre reenacted in front of the Old State House, in the very area where it took place in March 1770. Before the action unfolds, hear from patriots, loyalists, and moderates who will talk about the events and attitudes that led to that fateful night. Free; in front of the Old State
Yours ForeverOld State House
Thursday, March 26, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
$10 for non-members, $5.00 for members
Please register here!
An evening with one of the Two Nerdy History Girls, Susan Holloway Scott, who writes novels under the name Isabella Bradford. She will discuss historical love stories and artifacts that have inspired her novels and will sign books afterward.
Enjoy delicious hors d'ouerves, dessert, and meet John and Dolly Hancock while viewing artifacts of love from the collection.
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