About Revolutionary Spaces

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

Reflecting Attucks
Reflecting Attucks

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

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Colony to Commonwealth
Colony to Commonwealth

Trace the Revolutionary story of Massachusetts as the birth of America unfolds around you through rare artifacts and interactive displays.

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The Hall at the Old South Meeting House
The Hall at the Old South Meeting House

Built in 1729 as a Puritan house of worship, the Old South Meeting House was the largest building in colonial Boston.

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Voices of Protest
Voices of Protest

Discover compelling people who made a difference at Old South Meeting House and the history of protest and free speech that continues to this day.

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Council Chamber at the Old State House
Council Chamber at the Old State House

Sit in the seat of the British Empire's colonial power and be transported to the birth of American Independence.

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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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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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