The Paul Revere House  

Special Events for 2012
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February

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 10:30 - 12:00
The Revere Family at Work
How did families like the Reveres entertain themselves when their chores were completed? Why, by playing games of course! During a tour of the Revere House, families search for beans, a thimble, bed wrench, and other examples of household items the Reveres likely used for both work and play. Then, participants try their hands at popular colonial games such as Snail, Ninepins, Jackstraws, and Beast-Fish-Fowl. Families leave with ideas for turning household objects into entertainment and with rules for how to play these games and more! Each presentation is limited to 20 people. $4.50 for children ages 6-10; $4.50 for accompanying adults Reservations are required and may be made by calling the Revere House at 617-523-2338.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 10:30 - 12:00
The Revere Family at Work
Both Paul Revere his wife Rachel worked hard to keep their large family fed, clothed, and healthy. During this program discover what kinds of chores the Reveres (adults and children) completed in each room in their house. Then try your hand at engraving metal as Revere did in his silversmith shop and make an herbal remedy Rachel may have used to treat her children's headaches. Participants will take home both an engraved piece of copper and a small cloth bag of dried herbs. Each presentation is limited to 20 people. $4.50 for children ages 6-10; $4.50 for accompanying adults. Reservations are required and may be made by calling the Revere House at 617-523-2338.

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April

SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 1:00 - 3:00
Paul Revere Pottery Hands On Activity
In the early 1900s, immigrant girls decorated tiles, plates, and bowls in a pottery named for Paul Revere. Clay artist Anne Bowen, who reproduces these pieces, invites visitors of all ages to try their hands at copying some Spring and Revere inspired motifs. Many of the items produced by the pottery were intended for use by children and 21st century kids still delight in coloring whimsical designs to take home.

SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 1:00 - 4:00
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow helped revive the legacy of "the midnight ride of Paul Revere" through poetry in the 19th century. In this drop-in poetry workshop, Longfellow himself (portrayed by literary historian Rob Velella) helps visitors young and old learn how to read and understand poetry better. At 1:00 and 3:30, he will present "Paul Revere's Ride" and explain his reasons for writing it.

TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 2:00 - 3:30
From North Square to Old North Church: A Paul Revere Walking Tour
The Paul Revere House and the Old North Church are pleased to offer a new guided walking tour of North End sites related to Paul Revere, ending with a visit to the church's bell-ringing chamber and the story of the Midnight Ride. Participants will gain a hands-on understanding of both Revere's life in the neighborhood and what actually happened on April 18, 1775. Families with children in grades 5-8 are encouraged to attend. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 617-523-2338. $10 Adults, $6 Children (ages 5-17). A self-guided visit to the Revere House is included in the admission price.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 2:00 - 3:30
Midnight Ride Storytelling Program
Find out what really happened on Paul Revere's ride! Separate the facts from the myths, then retrace Revere's route from his home to the banks of the Charles River. Participants don hats and carry props as they go, taking on the roles of Paul and Rachel Revere, their children, British soldiers, rowers, John Hancock and Samuel Adams. Particularly appropriate for kids in grades K-4. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 617-523-2338. $4.50 for each adult and child age 5 and up.

THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 2:00 - 3:30
From North Square to Old North Church: A Paul Revere Walking Tour
The Paul Revere House and the Old North Church are pleased to offer a new guided walking tour of North End sites related to Paul Revere, ending with a visit to the church's bell-ringing chamber and the story of the Midnight Ride. Participants will gain a hands-on understanding of both Revere's life in the neighborhood and what actually happened on April 18, 1775. Families with children in grades 5-8 are encouraged to attend. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 617-523-2338. $10 Adults, $6 Children (ages 5-17). A self-guided visit to the Revere House is included in the admission price.

FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 10:30 - 12:00
Midnight Ride Storytelling Program
Find out what really happened on Paul Revere's ride! Separate the facts from the myths, then retrace Revere's route from his home to the banks of the Charles River. Participants don hats and carry props as they go, taking on the roles of Paul and Rachel Revere, their children, British soldiers, rowers, John Hancock and Samuel Adams. Particularly appropriate for kids in grades K-4. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 617-523-2338. $4.50 for each adult and child age 5 and up.

SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 1:00 - 3:00
Patriot Fife and Drum
Enjoy a lively concert of music that accompanied colonists as they marched, danced, wooed their beloveds, and waged war. David Vose and Sue Walko provide fascinating insight into each selection they perform.

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May

This year our Paul Revere's Boston events on Saturdays in May honor Boston's participation in National Historic Preservation Month.

SATURDAY, MAY 4, 1:00 - 4:00
The Art of Spinning
The art of spinning is best learned by the young, and Zoe Lawson has been practicing the craft of spinning by drop spindle and on a wheel since childhood. She shares her techniques while in 18th century garb, accompanied by her fellow fiber artist and father, Fred Lawson.

SATURDAY, MAY 11, 1:00 - 4:00
Gilding Demonstration
Watch professional gilder Nancy Dick Atkinson apply gossamer thin sheets of gold leaf to wooden ornaments just as craftsmen did in Revere's era.

SATURDAY, MAY 18, 1:00 - 4:00
Colonial Basket Weaving
Rather than in plastic bags or cardboard boxes, colonists stored cheese, chickens, and candles in specially designed baskets. Fred Lawson weaves and sells reproductions copied from period originals.

SATURDAY, MAY 25, 1:00 - 4:00
Revolutionary War Medicine
Medical historian Ed Page takes on the role of regimental surgeon Elisha Skinner. Find out how he treated bullet wounds and disease on the battlefield during the war.

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June

SATURDAY, June 1, 1:00, 1:45, 2:30
Meet Dr. Joseph Warren
Chat with one of the best-loved and most articulate members of the Sons of Liberty as portrayed by Michael Lepage. Head of an elaborate intelligence network, Warren learned that British regulars were planning to march into the countryside and dispatched Revere to alert Samuel Adams and John Hancock.

SATURDAY, June 8, 1:00 - 4:00
A Visit with Paul Revere
Enjoy a visit with the famous patriot at his own home! Fascinating insights into Paul Revere's story are revealed, as David Connor brings to life the talented silversmith, midnight rider, and loving patriarch throughout his lively performance in the Revere House courtyard.

SATURDAY, June 15, 1:00, 1:45, 2:30
Rachel Revere: A Revolutionary Woman
Paul has left on his ride, now what? Professional storyteller Joan Gatturna takes on the role of Paul Revere's second wife. Listen to her dramatic account of a woman's struggle to hold home and family together in a time of war, blockades, and shortages.

SATURDAY, June 22, 1:00, 1:45, 2:30
Deborah Sampson: Petticoat Patriot
A female soldier who served in the American Revolution would like to tell you about her extraordinary adventure! Storyteller Joan Gatturna portrays Sampson.

SATURDAY, June 29, 1:00 - 4:00
Royal Irish Artillery
Fred Lawson, founder of the reenacting troop brings sample artillery tools copied exactly from period originals. The Royal Artillery fought against Paul Revere at the Siege of Castine in Penobscot Bay.

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July

TUESDAY, July 2, 2:00-3:30
HARBORFEST ACTIVITY
From North Square to Old North Church: A Paul Revere Walking Tour
The Paul Revere House and the Old North Church are pleased to offer a new guided walking tour of North End sites related to Paul Revere, ending with a visit to the church's bell-ringing chamber and the story of the Midnight Ride. Participants will gain a hands-on understanding of both Revere's life in the neighborhood and what actually happened on April 18, 1775. Families with children in grades 5-8 are encouraged to attend. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 617-523-2338. $10 Adults, $6 Children (ages 5-17). A self-guided visit to the Revere House is included in the admission price.

WEDNESDAY, July 3, 2:00-3:30
HARBORFEST ACTIVITY
From North Square to Old North Church: A Paul Revere Walking Tour
The Paul Revere House and the Old North Church are pleased to offer a new guided walking tour of North End sites related to Paul Revere, ending with a visit to the church's bell-ringing chamber and the story of the Midnight Ride. Participants will gain a hands-on understanding of both Revere's life in the neighborhood and what actually happened on April 18, 1775. Families with children in grades 5-8 are encouraged to attend. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 617-523-2338. $10 Adults, $6 Children (ages 5-17). A self-guided visit to the Revere House is included in the admission price.

FRIDAY, JuLY 5, 2:00-3:30
HARBORFEST ACTIVITY
From North Square to Old North Church: A Paul Revere Walking Tour
The Paul Revere House and the Old North Church are pleased to offer a new guided walking tour of North End sites related to Paul Revere, ending with a visit to the church's bell-ringing chamber and the story of the Midnight Ride. Participants will gain a hands-on understanding of both Revere's life in the neighborhood and what actually happened on April 18, 1775. Families with children in grades 5-8 are encouraged to attend. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 617-523-2338. $10 Adults, $6 Children (ages 5-17). A self-guided visit to the Revere House is included in the admission price.

SATURDAY, JuLY 6, 1:00, 1:45, 2:30
HARBORFEST ACTIVITY
Fife and Drum Concert by the Boston Alarm Company
Treat yourself to a sprightly concert of fife and drum music! Dressed in civilian clothing reproduced from period originals, alarm company members play marches and beat out cadences used to warn citizens of impending attack.

SATURDAY, July 13, 1:00 - 4:00
Hammered Dulcimer Concert
Award-winning musician Dave Neiman plays jigs, reels, and Baroque and Renaissance tunes that Paul Revere and his family may have enjoyed.

SATURDAY, July 20, 1:00 - 4:00
Glass Harmonica Concert
Vera Meyer plays early American melodies on the intriguing instrument that Ben Franklin invented. The ethereal, haunting tones Meyer creates as she places her wet fingers on the rims of rotating glass bowls will mesmerize all who listen!

SATURDAY, July 27, 1:00 - 4:00
Colonial Dance Tunes and Love Songs
In the guise of itinerant musicians, Al Petty & Deirdre Sweeney perform popular 18th-century tunes such as "Mr. Isaac's Maggot" and "Jack's Health" on the penny whistle, flute, fife, & other instruments.

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August

SATURDAY, AUGUST 3, 1:00 - 4:00
Colonial Weaving Demonstration
Talented craftsman Fred Lawson demonstrates the art of creating cloth by hand and simple machines. Practice weaving on the small looms provided.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 10, 1:00 - 4:00
Musik on Harpsichord & Dulcimer
Hear the same lively "musik" enjoyed by Bostonians in Paul Revere's day. R. P. Hale plays on the reproduction instruments he copied directly from period originals.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 17, 1:00 - 4:00
The Tailor's Craft
Clothing historian Henry Cooke takes on the role of an early Boston tailor. Watch as he "takes the measure" of visitors, then sits cross-legged, fashioning waistcoats from luxurious fabrics and "slops" from coarse weaves.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 1:00, 1:45, 2:30
A Loyalist Perspective on the Revolution
Hear a first-hand account of the abuses loyalists suffered at the hands of emboldened "patriots." Michael Lepage takes on the role of Chief Justice Peter Oliver, brother of Andrew Oliver, a stamp collector.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 31, 1:00 - 4:00
Tinsmithing Demonstration Who made the ubiquitous lanterns, sconces, and other tin wares of the 18th century? A tinker! Larry Leonard produces and sells examples of his craft while describing the techniques, tools, and materials used since the Reveres’ era.

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September

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 6:30 - 7:30
FALL LECTURE SERIES: A War of Divisions: The Impact and Aftermath of the American Civil War
Freedom Rising: The Emancipation Proclamation, the 54th Massachusetts Regiment & Boston's Black Community
On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing all persons enslaved in territories not then under Union control. Several months later, the 54th Massachusetts, the first northern black regiment in the Union Army, was sent to South Carolina to take part in operations against Confederate forces. Beverly Morgan-Welch, Executive Director of the Museum of African American History, Boston and Nantucket, will discuss the profound influence that Boston's Black Community had on these events, as well as the museum's year-long sesquicentennial commemoration of this important history.

All Wednesday night lectures are free and take place at Old South Meeting House: 310 Washington Street, at the corner of Milk Street, in downtown Boston.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 1:00, 1:45, 2:30
Rachel Revere: A Revolutionary Woman
Paul has left on his ride, now what? Professional storyteller Joan Gatturna takes on the role of Paul Revere's second wife. Listen to her dramatic account of a woman's struggle to hold home and family together in a time of war, blockades, and shortages.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 6:30 - 7:30
FALL LECTURE SERIES: A War of Divisions: The Impact and Aftermath of the American Civil War
A Grand Tour During the Civil War: The Wheatons Go to Europe
In addition to affecting the families of soldiers, the Civil War also had a profoundly disruptive effect on business. In April 1862, Eliza Baylies Wheaton embarked for England with her husband Laban Morey Wheaton and his cousin and business partner David Emory Holman on a business trip to Europe. Kathryn Tomasek, Professor of History at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, will show how all three travelers used this trip as an opportunity for tourism in English and European cities during the second summer of the Civil War, making the best of a bad situation at home.

All Wednesday night lectures are free and take place at Old South Meeting House: 310 Washington Street, at the corner of Milk Street, in downtown Boston.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 1:00 - 4:00
Masterwork Conservation*
Melissa Carr demonstrates and describes the techniques she uses to conserve antique furniture for clients like the Paul Revere House. Examples will include a chair she repaired for our site.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 6:30 - 7:30
FALL LECTURE SERIES: A War of Divisions: The Impact and Aftermath of the American Civil War
The Caning: The Assault That Drove America to Civil War
On May 22, 1856, ardent pro-slavery Congressman Preston S. Brooks of South Carolina strode into the United States Senate Chamber in Washington, D.C., and beat renowned anti-slavery Senator Charles Sumner repeatedly with a gold-topped walking cane, leaving him unconscious and covered in blood. Brooks' attack was in retaliation for a speech Sumner delivered forty-eight hours earlier, in which he vilified slaveowners in general and Brooks' cousin, Senator Andrew Butler, in particular. Author and historian Stephen Puleo will show how this shocking and provocative event destroyed any pretense of civility between North and South, and hastened America’s slide into Civil War five years later. *Book sales and signing to follow*

All Wednesday night lectures are free and take place at Old South Meeting House: 310 Washington Street, at the corner of Milk Street, in downtown Boston.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 1:00-4:00
Colonial Leatherworking Demonstration
Find out how leather workers fashioned scabbards, sword belts, and harnesses to outfit the Continental Army. Fred Lawson demonstrates these methods and invites visitors to try their hands at punching holes and sewing leather.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 6:30 - 7:30
FALL LECTURE SERIES: A War of Divisions: The Impact and Aftermath of the American Civil War
Revolutionary Memory, Civil War Sacrifice: Pauline Revere Thayer and Preserving the Revere Legacy
Two of Paul Revere's grandsons, Edward H. R. Revere and Paul Joseph Revere, were killed during the Civil War, the first at Antietam and the second at Gettysburg. Paul Revere House Executive Director Nina Zannieri will examine the Revere Family’s Civil War legacy along with its connection to Revolutionary War icon Paul Revere, focusing in particular on Revere great-granddaughter Pauline Revere Thayer's efforts to preserve the Revere family story.

All Wednesday night lectures are free and take place at Old South Meeting House: 310 Washington Street, at the corner of Milk Street, in downtown Boston.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1:00 - 4:00
A Visit with Paul Revere
Enjoy a visit with the famous patriot at his own home! Fascinating insights into Paul Revere's story are revealed, as David Connor brings to life the talented silversmith, midnight rider, and loving patriarch throughout his lively performance in the Revere House courtyard.

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October

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5, 1:00 - 4:00
Little River Windsors*
Fred & Priscilla Chellis will demonstrate the art of Windsor Chair making using period appropriate methods and tools. Enjoy a brief rest in one of their beautiful creations while you watch!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 1:00 - 4:00
Captain Amasa Soper's Company
Costumed members of this Revolutionary War reenactment group take on the roles of farmers, printers, and tailors who volunteered to defend Boston harbor after the siege of the city ended in 1776.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 1:00, 1:45 & 2:30
Lady Frankland's Escape
In 1775 Lady Frankland, a well known Tory and widow of Sir Charles Henry Frankland, escapes to Boston from Hopkinton, taking shelter in her North Square home. She reflects on her life, including her rise from fisherman's daughter to mistress and then wife of Sir Harry, by sharing vignettes from her humble life in Marblehead, telling of balls in Roxbury, wassail parties on her country estate, her humiliation in Georgian London, and surviving disaster in Lisbon. Meet an intrepid woman, portrayed by storyteller Libby Franck, who used her wit, common sense, and the strength of the "codfish widows" of Marblehead to negotiate an incredible life's journey.

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*Denotes a Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture program

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