Events and exhibits for the 250th anniversary of the Boston Massacre

 

Ongoing Exhibits
 

  • Fire! Voices from the Boston MassacreOn display from October 31, 2019, to June 30, 2020, at Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA. Free.
    Gallery hours are Mon., Wed., Thu., Fri., and Sat.: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Tue.: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.

  • Beyond Midnight: Paul Revere and His Ride On display from February 14 to June 7, 2020

    Jointly presented at the Worcester Art Museum and the Concord Museum, Beyond Midnight is structured around four themes, embracing both the figure of Revere (1735-1818) that is well known—that of the Revolutionary War hero—and the wider range of his artistic and commercial experiences that have often received less attention.

    Two of the four themes of the exhibition will be presented principally at the Concord Museum: “Revolutionary Revere” and “Revere the Legend.” The other two themes, “Revere the Maker” and “Revere’s Network,” will be explored primarily at the Worcester Art Museum.

    To see the full exhibition—and learn the full story of this legendary American patriot—visitors are encouraged to visit both museums. When paying admission to one museum, visitors will receive a “two for one” voucher to use at the other location.

    Concord Museum, 53 Cambridge Turnpike, Concord, MA. Admission: $10.
    Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA. Admission: $18. 
     

Wednesday — March 4
 

  • "The Boston Massacre: A Family History" from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm at Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA. $10 per person.

    Author Serena Zabin draws on original sources and lively stories to follow British troops as they are dispatched from Ireland to Boston in 1768 to subdue the increasingly rebellious colonists.
     

Thursday — March 5 — 250th Anniversary of the Boston Massacre
 

  • National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Wreath-laying from 9:00 am - 9:30 am at Granary Burying Ground, Tremont Street, Boston, MA. Free.

    A DAR wreath-laying will be conducted at the grave of Crispus Attucks, Samuel Gray, James Caldwell, Samuel Maverick and Patrick Carr.
     
  • Curator's Choice: Revere's Engraving of the Boston Massacre with Ginny Badgett from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm at Boston Athenaeum, 101⁄2 Beacon Street, Boston, MA. $10 per person for Athenaeum admission.

    An in-depth look at the inception of Revere’s engraving and how it continues to shape American historical memory today.
     
  • 250th Anniversary Observance of the Murder of Crispus Attucks from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm at Old State House, Boston, MA. Free.

    Reflect on the history of the murder of Crispus Attucks in the context of contemporary state violence on Black and Indigenous communities, with a reenactment of the historical laying in state of Crispus Attucks.
     
  • "The Boston Massacre: A Family History" from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm at Rabb Hall, Lower Level, Johnson Building, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA. Free; registration required.

    Professor Serena Zabin draws on original sources and lively stories to follow British troops as they are dispatched from Ireland to Boston in 1768 to subdue the increasingly rebellious colonists. And she reveals a forgotten world hidden in plain sight: the many regimental wives and children who accompanied these armies.
     
  • Commemoration of the 250th Anniversary of the Boston Massacre from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm at Old South Meeting House, Boston, MA. Free; registration required.

    Remember the Massacre through remarks by a few speakers - including Governor Charlie Baker - and hear remembrances of the five Massacre victims. Take part in the tradition of the Massacre orations of the 1770s, while reflecting on how remembering the past can help us strive for our highest ideals today.

     

Saturday — March 7 — Reenactment Date


This day-long event will allow visitors to meet with reenactors portraying a variety of citizens of 1770 Boston who are eager to share their perspective on the events in Boston since the landing of the troops in October of 1768.
 

  • The Old State House, 206 Washington St., Boston. MA. Admission to the OSH is $12 per person.

    Experience a 1770 Council Meeting in the Council Chamber, learn about the women of 1770 Boston throughout the day. Visit the new exhibit Reflecting Attucks which explores how Americans turned the memory of Crispus Attucks into a powerful symbol of the courage and sacrifice needed to achieve change.
     
    • OUTSIDE
       
      • 1:00 pm: Changing of the Guard, Sentry Box
      • 1:15 pm: Football Incident
      • 4:30 pm: Isabella Montgomery Disputes with Susannah Cathcart
         
  • Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., Boston, MA. May require a $6 admission to the OSMH

    Visit interpretative stations around the Meeting House that include the Royal Exchange Tavern, the Almshouse, an elegant tea, and the office of rope walk owner John Gray. See trades demonstrations including leatherworking and sewing a sailor’s hammock.

           -  4:00 pm: Discussion about recreating the uniforms for the 29th Regiment of Foot. Free with your admission to the OSMH.

    Mini Walking Tours along Washington Street
     
    • 1:30 pm: From Old South Meeting House to Old State House
    • 2:00 pm: From Old State House to Old South Meeting House
    • 2:30 pm: From Old South Meeting House to Old State House
    • 3:00 pm: From Old State House to Old South Meeting House
    • 3:30 pm: From Old South Meeting House to Old State House
    • 4:00 pm: From Old State House to Old South Meeting House
    • 4:30 pm: From Old South Meeting House to Old State House
       
  • Irish Famine Memorial, Washington & School Streets, Boston, MA. Free.
     
    • 1:30 pm: Sons of Liberty Songs
    • 2:15 pm: Rope Walk Brawl (debate, brawl, and public discussion)
    • 3:15 pm: Sons of Liberty Songs
       
  • Faneuil Hall, Boston, MA. Free.
     
    • Printing the Boston Massacre from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm at The Printing Office of Edes & Gill.

      Andy Volpe is in the final stages of his replica engraving of the Boston Massacre plate, just in time for the 250th Anniversary of the seminal event.  Andy is planning on printing and demonstrating at the Printing Office at Faneuil Hall, on the replica wood rolling press.  Everything is done exactly as Paul Revere did in 1770, using the same materials and processes.
       
    • Vengeance or Justice from 3:00 pm at The Great Hall in historic Faneuil Hall. Free.

      Have your voice be heard in a Town Meeting debate in historic Faneuil Hall and help decided: vengeance or justice.
       
  • Boston Massacre Reenactment, from 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm at Old State House, Boston, MA. Free.

    The reenactment of the Boston Massacre incident will take place outside the Old State House near the Boston Massacre Site on the Freedom Trail.
     
  • "The Boston Massacre: A Family History" from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm at Tewksbury Public Library, 300 Chandler Street, Tewksbury, MA. Free.

    Author Serena Zabin draws on original sources and lively stories to follow British troops as they are dispatched from Ireland to Boston in 1768 to subdue the increasingly rebellious colonists.
     

Monday — March 9
 

  • "The Boston Massacre: A Family History" from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm at Old State House, Boston, MA. Free; registration required.

    A reading and reception to celebrate author Serena Zabin's book. The event will feature refreshments, drinks, and conversation with the author, hosted in the Council Chamber of the Old State House, overlooking the site of the Boston Massacre.
     

Tuesday — March 10
 

  • Serena Zabin: the 250th Anniversary of the Boston Massacre from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm at Cary Memorial Library, 1874 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA. Free.
     
  • “First Martyr of Liberty: Crispus Attucks in American Memory” from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm at at Antiquarian Hall, 185 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA 01609. 

    In this talk based on his book First Martyr of Liberty: Crispus Attucks in American Memory (2017), Mitch Kachun explores the different ways, over the past 250 years, that Crispus Attucks—a mixed-race man who was killed in the 1770 Boston Massacre—has been either made a part of or excluded from Americans’ understandings of the story of the American Revolution and the story of the nation.
     

Thursday — March 12
 

Friday — April 17
 

  • John Adams & the Boston Massacre Trials from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm at Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA. Free.

    Amanda Norton of the Adams Papers will walk visitors through our exhibition of the Boston Massacre, which explores and reinterprets the events of March 5, 1770, and the courtroom drama that unfolded after the massacre through the archival material found in the MHS collection.
     

 

Thanks to Donovan K. Loucks, long-time supporter of The History List and History Camp, for compiling this list. Donovan is also the webmaster of The H.P. Lovecraft Archive.

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