The Paul Revere House  

Special Events for 2011
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February

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 10:30 - 12:00
The Revere Family at Work
Both Paul Revere his wife Rachel worked hard to keep their large family fed, clothed, and healthy. During this program discover what kinds of chores the Reveres (adults and children) completed in each room in their house. Then try your hand at engraving metal as Revere did in his silversmith shop and make an herbal remedy Rachel may have used to treat her children's headaches. Participants will take home both an engraved piece of copper and a small cloth bag of dried herbs. Each presentation is limited to 20 people. Reservations are required and may be made by calling the Revere House at 617-523-2338.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 10:30 - 12:00
The Revere Family at Work
Both Paul Revere his wife Rachel worked hard to keep their large family fed, clothed, and healthy. During this program discover what kinds of chores the Reveres (adults and children) completed in each room in their house. Then try your hand at engraving metal as Revere did in his silversmith shop and make an herbal remedy Rachel may have used to treat her children's headaches. Participants will take home both an engraved piece of copper and a small cloth bag of dried herbs. Each presentation is limited to 20 people. Reservations are required and may be made by calling the Revere House at 617-523-2338.

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March

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April

SATURDAY, APRIL 16; 1:00-4:00
A Visit with Paul Revere
On the 236th anniversary of Revere's famous ride, David Connor brings Boston's favorite patriot vividly to life in the museum courtyard. Ask him about the details of his midnight ride, inquire about his 16 children, or engage him in conversation about his activities as a member of the Sons of Liberty.

SUNDAY, APRIL 17; 1:00-3:00
Book Signing: Midnight Ride, Industrial Dawn
Robert Martello's new book highlights Paul Revere's continuously evolving career as an example of society's transition from a craft to an industrial economy. The author, whose early research was funded in part by the Paul Revere Memorial Association, and who is now a professor at Olin College of Engineering will discuss his research process and findings. Books will be available for sale.

TUESDAY, APRIL 19; 12:00-1:30
Midnight Ride Storytelling Program
Find out what really happened on Paul Revere's ride! Watch a short slide program that separates the facts from the myths, then retrace Revere's route from his home to the banks of the Charles River. Participants don hats and carry props as they go, taking on the roles of Paul and Rachel Revere, their children, British soldiers, rowers, John Hancock and Samuel Adams. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 617-523-2338. $4.50 for children ages 6 to 10 and for accompanying adults.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20; 3:00-4:30
Midnight Ride Storytelling Program
Find out what really happened on Paul Revere's ride! Watch a short slide program that separates the facts from the myths, then retrace Revere's route from his home to the banks of the Charles River. Participants don hats and carry props as they go, taking on the roles of Paul and Rachel Revere, their children, British soldiers, rowers, John Hancock and Samuel Adams. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 617-523-2338. $4.50 for children ages 6 to 10 and for accompanying adults.

THURSDAY, APRIL 21; 10:00-11:30
Midnight Ride Storytelling Program
Find out what really happened on Paul Revere's ride! Watch a short slide program that separates the facts from the myths, then retrace Revere's route from his home to the banks of the Charles River. Participants don hats and carry props as they go, taking on the roles of Paul and Rachel Revere, their children, British soldiers, rowers, John Hancock and Samuel Adams. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 617-523-2338. $4.50 for children ages 6 to 10 and for accompanying adults.

FRIDAY, APRIL 22; 1:00, 1:45, 2:30
Rachel Revere: A Revolutionary Woman
Paul has left on his ride, now what? Professional storyteller Joan Gatturna takes on the role of Paul Revere's second wife. Listen to her dramatic account of a woman's struggle to hold home and family together in a time of war, blockades, and shortages.

SATURDAY, APRIL 23; 1:00-3:00
Patriot Fife and Drum
Enjoy a lively concert of music that accompanied colonists as they marched, danced, wooed their beloveds, and waged war. David Vose and Jim Snarski provide fascinating insight into each selection they perform.

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May

SATURDAY, MAY 7; 1:00-4:00
Gilding Demonstration
Watch professional gilder Nancy Dick Atkinson apply gossamer thin sheets of gold leaf to wooden ornaments just as craftsmen did in Revere's era.

SATURDAY, May 14; 1:00, 1:45, 2:30
A Loyalist Perspective on the Revolution
Hear a first-hand account of the abuses loyalists suffered at the hands of emboldened "patriots." Michael Lepage takes on the role of Chief Justice Peter Oliver, brother of Andrew Oliver, a stamp collector.

SATURDAY, MAY 21; 1:00-4:00
Revolutionary War Medicine
Medical historian Ed Page takes on the role of regimental surgeon Elisha Skinner. Find out how he treated bullet wounds and disease on the battlefield during the war.

SATURDAY, MAY 28; 1:00, 1:45, 2:30
Deborah Sampson: Petticoat Patriot
A female soldier who served in the American Revolution would like to tell you about her extraordinary adventure! Storyteller Joan Gatturna portrays Sampson.

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June

SATURDAY, JUNE 4; 1:00-4:00
Colonial Weaving Demonstration
Talented craftsman Fred Lawson demonstrates the art of creating cloth by hand and simple machines. Visitors encouraged to practice weaving on small looms provided by the presenter.

SATURDAY, JUNE 11; 1:00-4:00
Meet Dr. Joseph Warren
Chat with one of the best-loved and most articulate members of the Sons of Liberty - and the head of an elaborate intelligence network - as portrayed by Michael Lepage.

SATURDAY, JUNE 18; 1:00-4:00
A Visit with Paul Revere
David Connor brings Boston's favorite patriot vividly to life in the museum courtyard. Ask him about the details of his midnight ride, inquire about his 16 children, or engage him in conversation about his activities as a member of the Sons of Liberty.

SATURDAY, JUNE 25; 1:00, 1:45, and 2:30
Petticoats at Sea: A Clipper Ship Girl
Storyteller Joan Gatturna tells the tale of a teenage girl who saves her father's ship after pirates attack it. The story is based on real life adventures.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29; THURSDAY, JUNE 30; FRIDAY, JULY 1; 2:30-3:30
HARBORFEST ACTIVITY
Paul Revere's North End: Then & Now
Adults $5, seniors and college students $4.50, children 5-17 $1.50. Fee includes admission to the Revere House.
Step off the Freedom Trail and explore the twisting streets and alleyways of Boston's North End. Visit some harder to find sites like Garden Court and the locations of Paul Revere's silversmith shop and foundry. See Old North Church's steeple, where signal lanterns were shown on the night of Revere's midnight ride and the spot where Revere embarked in a rowboat to begin his expedition. Discover more about the North End's long history as a destination for immigrants. Your tour concludes with a visit to the site of Boston's disastrous molasses flood.

THURSDAY, JUNE 30; 1:00-3:00
HARBORFEST CHILDREN'S DAY ACTIVITY
Nautical Paul Revere Pottery Decorating
In the early 1900s, immigrant girls decorated tiles, plates, and bowls in a North End pottery named for Paul Revere. Clay artist Anne Bowen, who makes and sells reproductions of these pieces, invites visitors of all ages to try their hands at copying whales, boats, and Revere-related motifs. Many of the dishes produced by the pottery were intended for use by children, and 21st century kids (of all ages!) will be delighted to color-in and take home copies of these whimsical designs on Harborfest's Children's Day.

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July

FRIDAY, JULY 1; 1:00, 1:45, 2:30
HARBORFEST ACTIVITY
A Visit with Paul Revere
Enjoy a visit with the famous patriot at his own home! Fascinating insights into Paul Revere's story are revealed, as Mike Lepage brings to life the talented silversmith, midnight rider, and loving patriarch throughout his lively performance in the Revere House courtyard.

SATURDAY, JULY 2; 1:00-3:00
HARBORFEST ACTIVITY
Patriot Fife and Drum
Celebrate the holiday weekend with a lively concert of the rousing music that accompanied colonists as they marched, danced, wooed their beloveds, and waged war. David Vose and Sue Walko provide fascinating insight into each selection they perform.

SATURDAY, JULY 9; 1:00-4:00
Silversmithing in the Tradition of Paul Revere
Geoffrey Blake, a master silversmith from Old Newbury Crafters, produces hand-wrought sterling silver flatware just as Paul Revere did in his North End shop.

SATURDAY, JULY 16; 1:00-4:00
Hammered Dulcimer Concert
Award-winning musician Dave Neiman plays jigs, reels, and Baroque and Renaissance tunes that Paul Revere and his family may have enjoyed.

SATURDAY, JULY 23; 1:00-4:00
Captain Amasa Soper's Company
Costumed members of this Revolutionary War reenactment group take on the roles of farmers, printers, and tailors who defended Boston harbor after the siege of the city ended in March 1776.

SATURDAY, JULY 30; 1:00-4:00
Glass Harmonica Concert
Vera Meyer plays early American melodies on the intriguing instrument that Ben Franklin invented. The ethereal, haunting tones Meyer creates will mesmerize all who listen!

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August

SATURDAY, AUGUST 6; 1:00, 1:45, and 2:30
Fife and Drum Concert by Boston Alarm Company
Alarm company members play marches and beat out cadences used to warn citizens of impending attack.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 13; 1:00-3:00
Colonial Dance Tunes and Love Songs
In the guise of an itinerant musician, Al Petty performs popular 18th-century tunes such as "Mr. Isaac's Maggot" and "Jack's Health" on the penny whistle, flute, and fife.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 20; 1:00-4:00
The Tailor's Craft
Clothing historian Henry Cooke takes on the role of an early Boston tailor. Watch as he "takes the measure" of visitors, then fashions waistcoats from luxurious fabrics and "slops" from coarse weaves.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 27; 1:00-4:00
Colonial Basket Weaving
Fred Lawson weaves and sells reproductions of period baskets used to store items like cheese, candles, and even chickens!

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September

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3; 1:00-3:00
Silver Soldier Book Signing
Author Maureen Sappey signs copies of her new book, The Silver Soldier. This work of historical fiction (appropriate for all ages) features the Revere family, particularly young Paul Revere, Jr.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7; 6:30-7:30
Fall Lecture Series at Old South Meeting House: Hidden Gems: Historic Georgian Houses in the Boston Area
Frederic C. Detwiller, Liberty Road: Boston's Georgian Landmarks of the Revolution.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10; 1:00-3:00
Colonial Leather Working
Find out how leather workers fashioned scabbards, sword belts, and harnesses to outfit the Continental Army. Fred Lawson demonstrates these methods and invites visitors to try their hands at punching holes and sewing leather.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14; 6:30-7:30
Fall Lecture Series at Old South Meeting House: Hidden Gems: Historic Georgian Houses in the Boston Area
Tom Lincoln, Freedom and Independence in Colonial Massachusetts: The Royall House and Slave Quarters of Medford.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17; 1:00-4:00
Partners in Preservation Special Event! Preserving Memory: Revere's Great-Granddaughter Remembers
Joan Gatturna portrays Pauline Revere Thayer, a Revere descendant and driving force behind the preservation of the Paul Revere House. The house stands today as a monument to her memory of her father, a Union officer killed at Gettysburg, as well as to her famous ancestor.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21; 6:30-7:30
Fall Lecture Series at Old South Meeting House: Hidden Gems: Historic Georgian Houses in the Boston Area Book Signing
Wendy Frontiero, "A Constant Round of Entertainments": The Life of the William Brattle House.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24; 1:00-3:00
Herbs in the Colonial Household
Joanne Brown will share some of the many uses for herbs grown by families like the Reveres. Find out how Rachel Revere would have treated illness, seasoned food, and kept away bugs, all with plants from her garden!

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28; 6:30-7:30
Fall Lecture Series at Old South Meeting House: Hidden Gems: Historic Georgian Houses in the Boston Area
Gavin Kleespies, Rediscovering the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House.

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October

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1; 1:00-4:00
Tinsmithing Demonstration
Who made the ubiquitous lanterns, sconces, and other tin wares of the 18th century? A tinker! Larry Leonard produces and sells examples of his craft while describing the techniques, tools, and materials used since the Reveres' era.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8; 1:00-4:00
Paper Marbling
See how colonial craftsmen created eye-catching marbled papers to decorate book covers and instrument boxes. Watch as R. P. Hale floats pigments in water, swirls the colors, then transfers the designs to paper.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15; 1:00-4:00
Printing Demonstration
Not only did Revere serve as a courier for the Sons of Liberty, he also contributed to the independence movement by engraving inflammatory political cartoons. R.P. Hale produces copies of an engraving on a hand-cranked press.


Please note: No program on October 22 or 29.

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December

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3; 9:30-4:15
Traditions of the Season
Admission during the event: adults $5.00, seniors and college students $4.50, children ages 5-17 $1.50
Immerse yourself in colonial holiday customs with a visit to downtown Boston's two oldest houses, the Paul Revere House (c. 1680) and the neighboring Pierce-Hichborn House (c. 1711). 18th century music and food and drink set the mood while costumed museum staff explain the sometimes surprising observances of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day in Paul Revere's Boston.

Enjoy complimentary refreshments of mulled cider and delicious treats based on early American recipes served on the first floor of the Pierce-Hichborn House - a rarely seen example of early Georgian architecture celebrating it's 300th birthday this year.

Each afternoon from 12 to 4 PM R. P. Hale plays overtures, melodies, and Anglican Advent songs on a harpsichord and hammered dulcimer. From 12 to 4 PM on Saturday local artisan Fred Lawson demonstrates and explains the techniques he uses to weave natural materials into baskets (all for sale!) based on period originals.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4; 9:30-4:15
Traditions of the Season
Admission during the event: adults $5.00, seniors and college students $4.50, children ages 5-17 $1.50
Immerse yourself in colonial holiday customs with a visit to downtown Boston's two oldest houses, the Paul Revere House (c. 1680) and the neighboring Pierce-Hichborn House (c. 1711). 18th century music and food and drink set the mood while costumed museum staff explain the sometimes surprising observances of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day in Paul Revere's Boston.

Enjoy complimentary refreshments of mulled cider and delicious treats based on early American recipes served on the first floor of the Pierce-Hichborn House - a rarely seen example of early Georgian architecture celebrating it's 300th birthday this year.

Each afternoon from 12 to 4 PM R. P. Hale plays overtures, melodies, and Anglican Advent songs on a harpsichord and hammered dulcimer.

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