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.

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. 

The enduring legacy of the Boston Massacre

The enduring legacy of the Boston Massacre

Currently on display in the Old State House are artifacts that represent two hundred years of the enduring legacy of the Boston Massacre. Take a peek into the case in this post about one of those items, Joseph Warren's anniversary oration from 1772.

A chat with a Revolutionary Character

A chat with a Revolutionary Character

What is it like to portray an 18th century Bostonian as part of our Revolutionary Characters Live program? Learn more about the experience in this chat with Lauren Shear, who plays Elizabeth Cummings.