For just a few more weeks, the archives exhibit case in the Old State House will feature a display of letters of introduction. Nowadays, an introduction is easy to facilitate but in the 1700s and 1800s, the process was a bit more formal, at least for the upper class.
In 1970, the Imprint Society approached the Secretary of the Commonwealth and the Archivist of the Commonwealth with a request to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Boston Massacre by releasing restrikes taken from Revere's original plate.
In celebration of Black History Month, we are featuring one of three pewter plates belonging to Jeffrey Hartwell, a black man who was born into slavery c. 1751 and served at some of the most important battles of the Revolutionary War.
Several of the secular relics in our collection commemorate Boston’s revolutionary past. Many of these secular relics are wooden, most often made from either the wood of a tree, or from the timbers of an important building.