Old State House

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.

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.

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.

A Formal Introduction

A Formal Introduction

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.

A new strike off an old plate: the 1970 version of Paul Revere's print

A new strike off an old plate: the 1970 version of Paul Revere's print

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.

James Bowdoin and the Boston Massacre

James Bowdoin and the Boston Massacre

In honor of the upcoming 247th anniversary of the Boston Massacre, our staff have placed a portrait of James Bowdoin (1726-1790) on view in Representatives Hall.