The Paul Revere House  

Special Events for 2012
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February

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 10:30 - 12:00
Fun & Games in the 1700s
For middling sorts of families, like the Reveres, it did not matter that Colonial Boston contained few toy stores, for they could rarely afford such luxuries. Instead, children ingeniously turned to common household items for toys, games, and entertainment. Discover many adaptive uses for objects found in both historic and modern homes as you play games known and loved by generations of children.

During a tour of the Revere House, children (and adults) search for beans, a thimble, straw, pieces of cloth and then try their hands at Snail, Jackstraws, and Beast-Fish-Fowl and other popular colonial amusements. Participants will leave with directions for playing these and other games at home.

Each presentation is limited to 20 people. $4.50 for children ages 5-10; $4.50 for accompanying adults. Reservations are required and may be made by calling the Revere House at 617-523-2338.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 12:15
Co-Sponsored event at the Old South Meeting House*

Petticoats at the Revolution
Join us to hear a remarkable story of tea and Revolution from the woman who rode through life with Paul Revere. Actor and storyteller Joan Gatturna as Rachel Revere tells of the Boston Tea Party, the Midnight Ride and the Siege of Boston through the eyes of a woman who kept the home fires burning while her husband fanned the flames of rebellion. The character of Rachel Revere was developed with assistance from the staff of the Paul Revere House.

Included with admission: $6.00 for adults, $5.00 for seniors & college students, $1.00 for children (6-18); free for Old South Meeting House and Paul Revere House members.

*Old South Meeting House, Museum & Historic Site 310 Washington Street, Boston MA 02108

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 10:30 - 12:00
Fun & Games in the 1700s
For middling sorts of families, like the Reveres, it did not matter that Colonial Boston contained few toy stores, for they could rarely afford such luxuries. Instead, children ingeniously turned to common household items for toys, games, and entertainment. Discover many adaptive uses for objects found in both historic and modern homes as you play games known and loved by generations of children.

During a tour of the Revere House, children (and adults) search for beans, a thimble, straw, pieces of cloth and then try their hands at Snail, Jackstraws, and Beast-Fish-Fowl and other popular colonial amusements. Participants will leave with directions for playing these and other games at home.

Each presentation is limited to 20 people. $4.50 for children ages 5-10; $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 19, 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.

SUNDAY, APRIL 20, 7:30 - 9:00 PM
*Offsite Event*
Paul Revere Row Re-enactment at the Charlestown Navy Yard
Come out and welcome Revere to "the opposite shore" and enjoy festivities at the Charlestown Navy Yard. Special activities for children and adults, including colonial games, the reading of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's famous poem "Paul Revere's Ride" and drilling with the Charlestown Militia, will take places at the USS Constitution Museum. Patrick M. Leehey, Paul Revere House Research Director, will explain the true story of the historic row and ride so often shrouded in myth. Coordinated with the lantern lighting ceremony at the Old North Church. Admission is free, and the public is invited. For more information, contact the Revere House at 617-523-2338.

TUESDAY, APRIL 22, 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 again offering special guided walking tours 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 23, 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.

THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 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 again offering special guided walking tours 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 25, 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 26, 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 again offering special guided walking tours 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.

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May

SATURDAY, MAY 3, 1:00 - 3:00
SUMMER SATURDAYS
Special events on Saturday afternoons (1:00-3:00) in May will feature craft demonstrations, historical talks, live music, and more in the Paul Revere House courtyard, weather permitting. Included with admission to the museum.

SATURDAY, MAY 10, 1:00 - 3:00
SUMMER SATURDAYS
Special events on Saturday afternoons (1:00-3:00) in May will feature craft demonstrations, historical talks, live music, and more in the Paul Revere House courtyard, weather permitting. Included with admission to the museum.

SATURDAY, MAY 17, 1:00 - 3:00
SUMMER SATURDAYS
Special events on Saturday afternoons (1:00-3:00) in May will feature craft demonstrations, historical talks, live music, and more in the Paul Revere House courtyard, weather permitting. Included with admission to the museum.

SATURDAY, MAY 24, 1:00 - 3:00
SUMMER SATURDAYS
Special events on Saturday afternoons (1:00-3:00) in May will feature craft demonstrations, historical talks, live music, and more in the Paul Revere House courtyard, weather permitting. Included with admission to the museum.

SATURDAY, MAY 31, 1:00 - 3:00
SUMMER SATURDAYS
Special events on Saturday afternoons (1:00-3:00) in May will feature craft demonstrations, historical talks, live music, and more in the Paul Revere House courtyard, weather permitting. Included with admission to the museum.

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June

SATURDAY, JUNE 21, 1:00 - 3:00
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. (Weather permitting.)

SATURDAY, JUNE 28, 1:00 - 3:00
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. (Weather permitting.)

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July

TUESDAY, July 1, 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. (Rain or shine.)

WEDNESDAY, 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. (Rain or shine.)

THURSDAY, 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. (Rain or shine.)

SATURDAY, JuLY 5, 1:00, - 3:00
HARBORFEST ACTIVITY
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. (Weather permitting.)

SATURDAY, JuLY 12, 1:00, 1:45, 2:30
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. (Weather permitting.)

SATURDAY, JULY 19, 1:00 - 3:00
Historical Talks by Revere House Staff
Learn about Paul Revere's Work, Family, and famous Midnight Ride!

SATURDAY, JULY 26, 1:00 - 3:00
Hammered Dulcimer Music
Award-winning musician Dave Neiman plays jigs, reels, and Baroque and Renaissance tunes that Paul Revere and his family may have enjoyed.

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August

SATURDAY, AUGUST 9, 1:00 - 3:00
Glass Harmonica Music
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, AUGUST 16, 1:00 - 3:00
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 23, 1:00 - 3:00
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, AUGUST 30, 1:00 - 3:00
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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September

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3; 6:30-7:30
FALL LECTURE SERIES: Eighteenth-Century Massachusetts Furniture: Form, Function, and Fabrication
High-Style Craftsmanship and Patronage in Marblehead on the Eve of Independence*
Known more for its pivotal role in the American Revolution and its exceptional legacy of early American architecture, Marblehead also has a noteworthy but relatively unfamiliar heritage of furniture craftsmanship. Judy Anderson, Principal, Marblehead Architectural Heritage, will show how, in contrast to the clamor and boisterousness of the working harbor front, Marblehead cabinetmakers and clockmakers produced high-style furniture for a clientele that comprised more than thirty merchants in Massachusetts' celebrated Atlantic codfish trade.

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 6, 1:00 - 3:00
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. (Weather permitting.)

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10; 6:30-7:30
FALL LECTURE SERIES: Eighteenth-Century Massachusetts Furniture: Form, Function, and Fabrication
Seat of Empire: Refurnishing Boston's Historic Council Chamber*
The Council Chamber in Boston's Town House (now the Old State House), where the Royal Governor of Massachusetts met with members of his Council, was once an important administrative center for the British Empire in North America. This historic room has recently been returned to its appearance during the 1760s, when the fate of the British Empire turned on the decisions made within its walls. Dr. Nathaniel Sheidley, Historian and Director of Public History at the Bostonian Society, will describe how, thanks to an unprecedented collaboration between the Bostonian Society and North Bennet Street School, visitors can now sit in the Governor’s chair and thumb through reproduction documents at the Council table.

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 13, 1:00 - 3:00
Historical Talks by Revere House Staff
Learn about Paul Revere's Work, Family, and famous Midnight Ride!

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17; 6:30-7:30
FALL LECTURE SERIES: Eighteenth-Century Massachusetts Furniture: Form, Function, and Fabrication
Restrained Elegance: Boston Furniture in the Rococo Style*
Bostonians in the mid-eighteenth century only cautiously embraced the lively international "modern" style that collectors have come to call "Chippendale" and art historians the "rococo." Nevertheless, some Boston cabinetmakers and carvers, such as George Bright, John Cogswell, and John Welch, created masterworks in this ornamental, curvilinear mode that owes its name to the Englishman Thomas Chippendale and his influential book of designs. Using objects from important public and private collections, Gerald W. R. Ward, Senior Consulting Curator, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, will examine Boston rococo furniture in the context of its heyday in Boston in the 1760s and 1770s.

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 20, 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.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24; 6:30-7:30
FALL LECTURE SERIES: Eighteenth-Century Massachusetts Furniture: Form, Function, and Fabrication
The Best Workman in the Shop: Cabinetmaker William Monroe of Concord, Massachusetts*
In June, 1800, 21 year-old cabinetmaker William Munroe arrived in Concord with a set of tools and $3.40 in cash. Forty years later he proudly recorded having more than $20,000 in assets, a remarkable achievement for a craftsman. Concord Museum Curator David F. Wood will describe how, influenced by fashion and international politics and motivated by self-esteem and good food, William Munroe steered a path through the treacherous economic landscape of Federal New England and along the way helped make some of the most beautiful clocks the new nation ever produced.

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 27, 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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October

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4, 1:00 - 3:00
Historical Talks by Revere House Staff
Learn about Paul Revere's Work, Family, and famous Midnight Ride!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11, 1:00 - 3:00
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.

OCTOBER 18, 1:00 - 3:00
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.

Please note: No program on October 25.

*Denotes a Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture program

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