Connection to Native Peoples

  By the time of Attucks’s birth around 1723, Native people knew that contact with colonists more often led to danger rather than safety. Portuguese, Dutch, and English ships began arriving in North America in the 1500s, and about a century had passed since the Mayflower arrived on Wampanoag land in 1620. Within that time, colonists had stolen the independence of Native nations and devastated Native communities through warfare, disease, slavery, indentured servitude, kidnapping, land dispossession, and scalp bounties. Attucks… Read more Connection to Native Peoples

Museum@Home: Gallery Talk

Activity 1: Collection Activity 2: Exhibit Activity 3 ✮ Share your exhibit ✮ Time needed: 20-45 minutes Materials needed: Your exhibit, people to share it with LEARN: What is a museum gallery talk? In the second activity, you created an exhibit using your collection or objects in your house to tell a story or share information. How do museums use their exhibits to help visitors connect these stories to their own lives? At Revolutionary Spaces we have a team of… Read more Museum@Home: Gallery Talk

Museum@Home: Collection

Revolutionary Spaces presents: Museum@Home Three fun activities for anyone to create their very own museum at home. In celebration of Museum Week 2020, Revolutionary Spaces invites you to learn about the collections, exhibits, and gallery talks at our two historic sites and to create your very own museum at home. These three activities can be completed one at a time or all at once. They are designed for anyone ages eight and up to complete on their own, but also… Read more Museum@Home: Collection

Two teenagers taking a selfie at the Old State House.

Virtual Talks

History on demand. Watch videos of our Education Associates giving virtual talks on the people and stories that have shaped the ongoing American Revolution.     Other Virtual Experiences

The roofline of the Old State House.

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 at the Old State House museum — a tool designed to help visitors move past the mythic dimensions of Revolutionary history and think about… Read more How the 18th Century (Actually) Responded to Illness

Old South Meeting House, 1906

History of the Old South Meeting House

Built in 1729 as the largest building in colonial Boston, Old South Meeting House has been an important gathering place for nearly three centuries. The Puritan congregation built their first wooden meeting house on this site in 1669 as the “Third Church” in Boston. When overcrowding became a problem, they replaced it in 1729 with the beautiful spacious brick meeting house that still stands today. Standing in the center of town, the Old South Meeting House was colonial Boston’s largest… Read more History of the Old South Meeting House

Groups of students visiting the Old South Meeting House.

School Programs

Unfolding history. Dive into history with Revolutionary Spaces through a range of educational resources at the Old State House and Old South Meeting House, including lesson plans, primary documents, and school programs. Please call or email with any questions: education@revolutionaryspaces.org or 617-720-1713 x 300. School Programs at the Old State House School Programs at the Old South Meeting House

A row of students at the Old South Meeting House.

School & Group Visits

Reimagine what it means to be a part of the Revolutionary past. We welcome your school or group visit to the Old State House and Old South Meeting House! Please call or email with any questions: groups@revolutionaryspaces.org or 617-720-1713 x 300. Please complete the Group Reservation Request Form to request a group booking. Your booking will not be complete until you receive a confirmation email from the Revolutionary Spaces education department. Groups that arrive without a confirmed reservation may not… Read more School & Group Visits

The Boston Massacre Monument.

Legacy of Crispus Attucks Part III

Patriot or Fool? Crispus Attucks and the Civil Rights Movement by Megan Woods, MA in Public History student at Northeastern University This post is part of a series exploring the legacy of Crispus Attucks, the first victim of the Boston Massacre. These posts were written by students in the Master of Public History program at Northeastern University. Crispus Attucks was an enslaved man of African and Native American heritage about whom little is known, but his legacy has been important… Read more Legacy of Crispus Attucks Part III

An audience at the Old South Meeting House.

Partner Events

Old South Meeting House Partners in Public Dialogue Program Information, Policies, and Application Since the 1773 mass protest meetings that led to the Boston Tea Party, Old South Meeting House has been a gathering place for discussion and celebration and a haven for free speech. Today the mission of the Old South Association is to preserve the Meeting House as an inspiring symbol of free speech and democratic ideals and to continue its active use as a meeting place for… Read more Partner Events