"Set Mrs. Warren down in her own Habitation": Tracing the Footsteps of Mercy Otis Warren

"Set Mrs. Warren down in her own Habitation": Tracing the Footsteps of Mercy Otis Warren

As part of the process of launching a new Revolutionary Character, a large amount of detailed research is conducted. In this post, Education Associate Robin Donovan highlights a question about the life of Mercy Otis Warren to which we may never find an answer.

A Ticket to Rebuild

A Ticket to Rebuild

Faneuil Hall is closing its doors for maintenance this winter. As stewards of the Old State House, we at the Bostonian Society are well aware that the preservation of Boston’s historic buildings requires constant effort. Faneuil Hall’s current closure gave us the chance to explore previous renovations to the building and take a closer look at three lottery tickets in our archives linked to a 1760s renovation.

New Acquisitions: Two 18th Century Views of Boston

New Acquisitions: Two 18th Century Views of Boston

The Bostonian Society recently received the generous donation of two etchings which present fictitious or imagined views of 1770's Boston. These etchings were done in 1778 in Augsburg by Franz Xaver Habermann, also known as Francois Xavier Habermann, an artist who never visited Boston or in fact got any closer to it than Italy. His images are obviously heavily influenced by the street scenes he saw around him and don't resemble the buildings that actually stood in Boston at the time.

The Proof is in the Pudding: Food in 18th Century Boston

The Proof is in the Pudding: Food in 18th Century Boston

Visitors to the second floor Hands on History rooms at the Old State House will find a new display among the timelines and reproduction clock. Our Hands on History Board is all about colonial food this fall, and we’d like to share a “taste” of this history with our blog readers.

Replicating John Hancock's Clothing: Part II

Replicating John Hancock's Clothing: Part II

Last week, Master Tailor and Costume Historian Henry Cooke returned to the Old State House to take a pattern from a pair of buff-colored silk breeches which once belonged to John Hancock. This is part of an on-going project by the museum to preserve these important garments for future generations.

South Façade Restoration Project

South Façade Restoration Project

The Old State House is currently covered in scaffolding and green scrim. In this post, go behind-the-scenes with our Director of Facilities and Historic Preservation to learn more about the work that is going on to restore the south facade of our building.

Replicating John Hancock's Clothing: Part I

Replicating John Hancock's Clothing: Part I

In order preserve John Hancock's clothing, we are currently in the process of having replicas made. These replicas will allow us to return the originals to dark storage and therefore preserve them for future generations. Earlier this week, Master Tailor and Clothing Historian Henry Cooke was in the galleries, studying the original coat and waistcoat in order to begin the process of faithfully replicating them.

August 23, 1775: A Proclamation of Rebellion

August 23, 1775: A Proclamation of Rebellion

Today marks the anniversary of the Proclamation of Rebellion, issued by King George III in response to the Battles of Lexington and Concord and the Battle of Bunker Hill. Learn more about the events surrounding this proclamation in a new blog post by one of our collections interns.

A Return to Beauty: Conserving the Price kerchief

A Return to Beauty: Conserving the Price kerchief

A good deal of careful and detailed work goes into returning an 18th century textile to its former glory. In this post, learn more the process of conserving the Price kerchief, which was damaged by a water leak in 2015.