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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., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 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., and 2:30 p.m.)

Revolutionary Characters Live!
Characters from the pages of history will return to the Old State House after 240 years to share with visitors what it was like to live in Boston in the days leading up to the American Revolution. Visitors won't want to miss this fun and interactive opportunity to see and talk with Thomas Crafts and Francis Bernard, our truly Revolutionary Characters™. (11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.)


Check out Revolutionary Boston at the Old State House to learn more and plan your visit!


Upcoming Events:

Starting from Scratch: How 400 Survivors created the City on a Hill

Old State House
Presented with the Partnerships of Historic Bostons
Monday, September 22, 7:00 p.m.
The event is free but seating is limited. Please register here.

When the Puritans reached Massachusetts in 1630, nothing went according to plan. There was no flourishing plantation awaiting them in Salem as expected - just disease and starvation, so they had to find a different destination further south. In Boston, everything from inadequate shelter to scurvy to a frozen harbor conspired against these settlers, and half of the original 800 arrivals perished or fled.

For the remaining 400 Puritans: after merely surviving, then what? The task of building a society and a working economy from scratch was daunting and slow. In this multifaceted event, we'll see and hear about the challenges the Puritans faced upon arrival in Boston. We will explore some archaeological findings relevant to daily life and work during Boston's first hardscrabble decades after 1630.

Bob Allison, Professor of History, Suffolk University
Joe Bagley, City of Boston Archaeologist

Nat Sheidley, Director of Public History, The Bostonian Society


About Boston Charter Day:
Each year, The Partnership of Historic Bostons commemorates the naming of Boston, Dorchester, and Watertown on September 7, 1630 and holds a series of free events to teach the public about early days of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The theme for 2014 is Survival: Boston 1630. For a full list of all of the events please visit here.


ArtWeek Boston: A Taste of the Revolution

Saturday, September 27, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, October 4, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Begin at the famous Old State House with a tour of the 18th-century building and its Revolutionary artifacts. Meet an Old State House visitor from the past when Boston's future as a British colony hung in the balance, and discover what was going on in the minds of American colonists. Then hit the Freedom Trail with an 18th-century costumed guide and visit historic sites such as Old South Meeting House, Granary Burying Ground, and Faneuil Hall. Hear tales of Revolutionary events from bloodshed at the Boston Massacre to the famous Boston Tea Party. Continue through the crooked streets of Blackstone Block, witness a spirited interaction between colonial Bostonians, and enjoy a snack in the Freedom Trail Room at the Union Oyster House, America's oldest restaurant.

A Taste of the Revolution offers a once in a lifetime glimpse at our nation's rich history. Click here for more information about the event. Tickets will be sold online and at the Old State House on the day of the event. Space is limited, purchase your tickets today!


Archaeology Month: Boston's Past as Present

Old State House
Tuesday, October 21, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The event is free but seating is limited. Please register here.

Join Boston City Archaeologist Joe Bagley for a talk at the Old State House during Archaeology month 2014. Bagley will speak about what 30 years of scientific research on the Archaeology of the Big Dig teaches us about climate change, war, women's rights, and other contemporary issues. Doors open at 5:30.


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