Past Events

2014 Events

Cocktails with the Elizabeth Bull Wedding Dress

On Tuesday, June 24, the Bostonian Society hosted a sold out event for fashion and textile enthusiasts to see the Elizabeth Bull wedding dress after its recent conservation. Fashion historian, Kimberly Alexander, PhD spoke on the history of Elizabeth Bull, her dress, and shopping in pre-revolutionary Boston.






Battle Road Brewing Beer Tasting

A sold out crowd joined the Bostonian Society and some Revolutionary Characters for a beer tasting with Battle Road Brewing Company On June 12. Guests tasted Battle Road's three beers, played tavern games, learned about the history of Boston pubs, and Battle Road's brewing history. Photo courtesy of Ye Olde Tavern Tours.



2013 Events

People of 1763

On Saturday, September 28, 2013 the Old State House offered free admission in honor of the 1763: A Revolutionary Peace exhibit. Massachusetts militia reenactors, living historians from Quebec, and Native American artist and educator Loren Spears were on site during a busy and exciting day at the Old State House.


Charter Day Lecture

In September, the Bostonian Society co-hosted a lecture alongside the Partnership for Historic Bostons in honor of Boston Charter Day. The theme of the 2013 lecture was "Sexual Misconduct and Blasphemy in a Changing Massachusetts Society."



Harborfest 2013

As part of the Harborfest celebration, the Old State House hosted the annual reading of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 2013.

Other Harborfest events included special tours and visits from our Revolutionary Characters™! The King Street Walking Tour, from the Old State House to Long Wharf, allowed visitors to explore the most important street in 18th century Boston. In the Independence Comes to Boston Special Tour, visitors learned the full story of how independence came to Boston and how the liberty it promised shapes our lives today.



Boston Massacre Reenactment

On March 2, 2013 we commemorated the 243rd anniversary of the Boston Massacre. Thanks to the dedication and expertise of many local reenactor groups, as well as the commitment of the Bostonian Society staff, this year's commemoration was a great success. Our day time events included a new public activity exploring the tensions between soldiers and Bostonians of the 1760s, with local children assuming the roles of each! The evening reenactment also saw the addition of a narrator this year, helping provide context to Boston Massacre for the audience.

2012 Events

Guy Fawkes Day Pub Quiz - Election Edition!

The Bostonian Society hosted its third annual Guy Fawkes Pub Night at the Old State House on November 2. Guests put on their thinking caps and tackled a special elections edition of our history-themed pub trivia quiz. Despite a stiff challenge from several teams, the reigning champions defended their title for the third year in a row. We encourage those who would unseat them next year to begin training now!

Founding Finance Author Talk

Esteemed author and historian William Hogeland spoke to a capacity crowd at the Old State House about his new book, Founding Finance, on Tuesday, October 23. After the discussion and question-and-answer session, Hogeland signed copies of his book.

Hogeland reads from his book to a crowd in the Old State House

Boston Massacre Reenactment

The annual Boston Massacre Reenactment took place on March 10, 2012. The highlight this year was the debut of the newly-recreated HM 29th Regiment of Foot. Members of this unit carefully researched the uniforms worn by the British soldiers involved in the shootings of March 5, 1770, and spent months crafting replicas from historically appropriate materials. The results were outstanding and seemed to be greatly appreciated by the large crowd that turned out for the festivities. This year the reenactment also benefited from an expanded "stage," thanks to the recent expansion of the pedestrian zone around the Boston Massacre marker at the east end of the Old State House.

2011 Events

A Holiday Party at the Old State House

The Bostonian Society held a holiday party for members on November 30th, 2011. Over 100 of our members attended the festive event hosted by Lt. Governor Thomas Hutchinson, and even Redcoats made an appearance! Historic toasting, drinks, music, and a photostation made for a memorable night!

Try these historical toasts at your next get together!

Guy Fawkes Day Pub Quiz

On November 4, 2011 the Bostonian Society presented a pub quiz in celebration of Guy Fawkes Day. After hearing a speedy "pecha kucha" style presentation about how Guy Fawkes Day was celebrated in Colonial Boston, guests participated in a rousing Boston history-themed pub quiz. Congratulations to our winning teams and special thanks to Harpoon Brewery!

Royal Wedding Open House

In partnership with the British Consulate-General Boston, the Society hosted an open house for the celebration of the marriage of HRH Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton on April 30, 2011.

Copyright Dominick Reuter

Read the Society's official proclamation here!

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