A Day of Healing

A Day of Healing

Sunday August 25 marks the 400th anniversary of the first landing of enslaved Africans in the English colonies of North America. This day will be commemorated as a day of healing and reconciliation marked by the ringing of bells across the country. The Bostonian Society has several bells in its collection, one of which has ties to this history.

Everyone has a Story to Tell

Everyone has a Story to Tell

Cliff Odle has made a career of being a storyteller. He is an actor, director, playwright, and educator, specializing in teaching playwrighting and acting at Bates College. For his new play The Petition, opening August 12 at the Old State House, he focuses on Prince Hall, and sharing the struggles of a man—and a people—who are often relegated to the background of the story of the nation’s founding.

Finding the Humanity in History

Finding the Humanity in History

In preparation for the return of Cato & Dolly, we spoke to playwright Patrick Gabridge about finding the humanity in history, how people react to theatre in a museum, and the Hancock Vice Presidency that might have been.

Hancock Mansion Door Project: The Construction

Hancock Mansion Door Project: The Construction

In preparation for an exhibit here in the Old State House, we are partnering with the Preservation Carpentry Program at the North Bennet Street School to recreate the front entrance to John Hancock's long-demolished mansion. The students of the Preservation Carpentry program are truly artists as well as craftspeople, and the range of techniques they are employing throughout this project is amazing. From timber framing to detailed carving, we never cease to be amazed at their skill, every time our staff visits their workshop.

Hancock Mansion Door Project: The Research

Hancock Mansion Door Project: The Research

In preparation for an exhibit here in the Old State House, we are partnering with the Preservation Carpentry Program at the North Bennet Street School to recreate the front entrance to John Hancock's long-demolished mansion. This post marks the beginning of a new blog series detailing that process.

The Legacy of Crispus Attucks Part V: From the Boston Massacre to Black Lives Matter

The Legacy of Crispus Attucks Part V: From the Boston Massacre to Black Lives Matter

 

This post is the final  part of a series exploring the legacy of Crispus Attucks, the first victim of the Boston Massacre. These posts were written by students in the Master of Public History program at Northeastern University. Crispus Attucks was an enslaved man of African and Native American heritage about whom little is known, but his legacy has been important to successive generations of Americans. For more information about the life and legacy of Crispus Attucks, see First Martyr of Liberty: Crispus Attucks in American Memory by Mitch Kachun (Oxford University Press, 2017).

The Legacy of Crispus Attucks Part IV: America's Bicentennial

The Legacy of Crispus Attucks Part IV: America's Bicentennial

This post is part of a series exploring the legacy of Crispus Attucks, the first victim of the Boston Massacre. These posts were written by students in the Master of Public History program at Northeastern University. Crispus Attucks was an enslaved man of African and Native American heritage about whom little is known, but his legacy has been important to successive generations of Americans. For more information about the life and legacy of Crispus Attucks, see First Martyr of Liberty: Crispus Attucks in American Memory by Mitch Kachun (Oxford University Press, 2017).

The Legacy of Crispus Attucks Part III: Patriot or Fool? Crispus Attucks and the Civil Rights Movement

The Legacy of Crispus Attucks Part III: Patriot or Fool? Crispus Attucks and the Civil Rights Movement

This post is part of a series exploring the legacy of Crispus Attucks, the first victim of the Boston Massacre. These posts were written by students in the Master of Public History program at Northeastern University. Crispus Attucks was an enslaved man of African and Native American heritage about whom little is known, but his legacy has been important to successive generations of Americans. For more information about the life and legacy of Crispus Attucks, see First Martyr of Liberty: Crispus Attucks in American Memory by Mitch Kachun (Oxford University Press, 2017).

The Legacy of Crispus Attucks Part II: Anthony Burns and the Fugitive Slave Act

The Legacy of Crispus Attucks Part II: Anthony Burns and the Fugitive Slave Act

This post is part of a series exploring the legacy of Crispus Attucks, the first victim of the Boston Massacre. These posts were written by students in the Master of Public History program at Northeastern University. Crispus Attucks was an enslaved man of African and Native American heritage about whom little is known, but his legacy has been important to successive generations of Americans

The Legacy of Crispus Attucks
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Reinventing Crispus Attucks for the Abolitionist Movement

The Legacy of Crispus Attucks <br>Part I: <br>Reinventing Crispus Attucks for the Abolitionist Movement

This post is part of a series exploring the legacy of Crispus Attucks, the first victim of the Boston Massacre. These posts were written by students in the Master of Public History program at Northeastern University. Crispus Attucks was an enslaved man of African and Native American heritage about whom little is known, but his legacy has been important to successive generations of Americans

"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.