JUN 17 – AUG 11, 2019
The names you never knew. The stories you’ll never forget.
The original play Cato & Dolly offers a glimpse of everyday life inside the Hancock House through the eyes of those who lived there: Cato Hancock, an enslaved man serving the Hancock household, and Dolly Hancock, John Hancock’s wife and First Lady of Massachusetts.
Blood on the Snow playwright Patrick Gabridge gives life to the Revolutionary-era figures whose lives intersected at the famous Hancock House. Two actors take on eight real-life characters in a compelling drama that spans over 50 years, staged before the preserved front door of the iconic 18th-century mansion on display at the Old State House.
Unlock the forgotten stories of the past and step over the threshold of history to experience the lives of those who witnessed the dawn of American Independence.
Cato & Dolly is presented in partnership with Plays in Place, a group of theatre professionals working with cultural institutions to make site-specific theatrical experiences. Gabridge’s powerful site-specific play at the Old State House, Blood On The Snow, had sold-out runs in 2016 and 2017 and was called “electric and alive” by WGBH’s Jared Bowen. This production was made possible in part by the support of the New England Women’s Club.
- Massacre and Memory TourA half-mile guided walking tour that explores the surprisingly small geography of colonial Boston to uncover the roots of the Boston Massacre and includes entry to the Old State House and Old South Meeting House.Read more →
- Changemakers: A History SlamJUNE 12: Our first-ever History Slam – a night full of raucous history presentations (we dare you!), music, drinks… and a little friendly competition!Read more →
- A Tale of Three Chinatowns Screening & TalkbackJUNE 17: Free screening of the new film followed by a reception and Q&A with the filmmakers.Read more →
Recent Online Events
- Cry Havoc! Legislative Violence in AmericaVIDEO: Explore an iconic artifact from the Revolutionary Spaces’ collection and the legacy of what this American relic symbolizes: violence perpetrated in the hallowed halls of Congress.Read more →
- Unfinished Business Film SeriesA film series exploring the legacy of protest, representation, and revolution embodied in our historical sites.Read more →
- Joseph Warren, Medicine, and ActivismVIDEO: Explore the intersection of activism and medicine in this timely virtual panel discussion with scholars and doctors.Read more →
- Violence, Revolution, and MemoryVIDEO | In commemoration of the Boston Massacre, this panel explores political violence, revolution, and memory in a global context.Read more →
- Protest and Commemoration at the 1973 Boston Tea Party AnniversaryWho inherits a legacy of protest and revolution? Can we look back at a moment frozen in time and still march forward in the spirit of change?Read more →
- Legacy of the LoyalistsA panel discussion on the legacy of Loyalists. How does the cultural memory of those early Americans left in the shadows transform over time?Read more →