About Revolutionary Spaces - Our Mission and Vision

A Letter from the President & CEO

Dear Visitors,

Welcome! In January 2020, the Bostonian Society and Old South Association merged to become Revolutionary Spaces. This merger enhances our ability to sustain Old South Meeting House and the Old State House as dynamic resources at the center of Boston’s cultural and civic life, while telling the interwoven stories of these two iconic sites.

Nat Sheidley, President & CEO of Revolutionary Spaces
Nat Sheidley, President & CEO of Revolutionary Spaces

The 250th anniversary of the American Revolution brings a renewed focus to our nation’s founding principles. The unique relationship between the Old State House and Old South Meeting House creates a rich and dynamic story that speaks to the heart of urgent questions about self-government, free speech, and the role of civic engagement in a free society. There are no two sites that can better tell that story, and no better time to tell it than right now.

This is only the beginning of a new chapter in how Americans connect to our history. There is still much hard work ahead. History can be a powerful tool for today, enabling people to participate more deeply in civic life and to recognize their own personal stake in the ongoing American experiment in self-government. In the coming year, programs and exhibitions at Revolutionary Spaces will challenge our understanding of our shared past and help us to explore together the future we want to build.

Sincerely,
Nat Sheidley
President & CEO


Our Mission

Revolutionary Spaces brings people together to explore the American struggle to create and sustain a free society, singularly evoked by Boston’s Old South Meeting House and Old State House. We steward these buildings as gathering spaces for the open exchange of ideas and the continuing practice of democracy, inspiring all who believe in the power of people to govern themselves.



We are proud to partner with

Boston Cultural Council      Massachusetts Cultural CouncilNational Park Service

 

Revolutionary Spaces Corporate Partners

Berkshire Bank   Sponsor Davis Malm   Webster Bank


What’s On at Revolutionary Spaces

From Smallpox to COVID-19
From Smallpox to COVID-19

JULY 29 at 3:30PM

Online Event

 

Learn about the historical and present-day conditions that have made Indigenous people especially vulnerable to disease, and the strategies required to break this pattern of discrimination and social violence.

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Dawnland & Dear Georgiana
Dawnland & Dear Georgiana

JULY 8 at 7PM

Online Event

 

Upstander Project and Revolutionary Spaces present the Emmy Award-winning film DAWNLAND and DEAR GEORGINA followed by a live Q & A.

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Virtual Events
Virtual Events

From readings to community conversations to performances, check out these virtual events that foster revolutionary spaces anywhere you go.

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Virtual Talks
Virtual Talks

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

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Reflecting Attucks
Reflecting Attucks

New exhibit now through March 2021 at the Old State House.

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