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Revolutionary Spaces connects people to the history and continuing practice of democracy through the interwoven stories of Boston’s Old State House and Old South Meeting House.


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  • Get to Know Our Preservation Team
    Get to Know Our Preservation Team
    May is Preservation Month! Even in these times of physical distancing, our preservation team often visits the Old State House and Old South Meeting House to ensure proper care of our historic sites. Along the way, they always stick to physical distancing guidelines, working more than 6’ away from others, and wearing masks anytime they ...
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  • Poetry in the Time of Corona
    Poetry in the Time of Corona
    Recently, a small group of us gathered to hear Charles Coe perform poetry, exploring memory, life, and loss. Watch as Charles reads two of his original poems, “Love in the Time of Corona” and “Something in the Wind.” LOVE IN THE TIME OF CORONA  (with apologies to Gabriel García Márquez) by Charles Coe In ancient Greece, men shook hands as ...
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  • How the 18th Century (Actually) Responded to Illness
    How the 18th Century (Actually) Responded to Illness
    This post is written in response to “How the 18th Century Responded to Illness Before Netflix and Zoom,” published on April 6, 2020. Last week, we published a blog post describing  how six prominent 18th-century Bostonians lived and dealt with illness in their lives. This piece drew on previous research for the “character cards” we use ...
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  • Resilience at Old South Meeting House
    Resilience at Old South Meeting House
    Every day that we adapt our lives to stay inside and protect each other or go back on the front lines as an essential worker in this epidemic, we show our capacity for resilience. While this current moment feels unprecedented, Bostonians have been through crises before, building resilience along the way, together.  Like all of us, ...
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  • How the 18th Century Responded to Illness Before Netflix and Zoom
    How the 18th Century Responded to Illness Before Netflix and Zoom
    In these uncertain times, we’ve been reflecting on how the founding generation lived and dealt with illness, just as we’re all doing today. We took a look at how six prominent Bostonians managed illness in their lives before the times of widespread vaccines and constant social media updates. Read on to learn more about Dr. ...
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  • FROM THE BOSTON MASSACRE TO BLACK LIVES MATTER
    FROM THE BOSTON MASSACRE TO BLACK LIVES MATTER
    Over the almost 250 years since his death, Crispus Attucks has remained a symbol for various movements advocating for African American rights, from Abolitionism to the Civil Rights Movement. 21st Century movements have been no different. Attucks’s identity has been yet again recovered by the grassroots Black Lives Matter movement.
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