J. L. BELL is a Massachusetts writer who specializes in (among other things) the start of the American Revolution in and around Boston. He is particularly interested in the experiences of children in 1765-75. He has published scholarly papers and popular articles for both children and adults. He was consultant for an episode of History Detectives, and contributed to a display at Minute Man National Historic Park.

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Saturday, June 02, 2007

Old South Meeting-House Steeple Tour for 2007

Last year I described taking a tour of the Old South Meeting-House steeple, which included a closeup look at the works for the tower clock, built by Gawen Brown. On 16 Apr 1770, the Boston Gazette reported that it “goes with such regularity and exactness that for this fourteen weeks it has not lost but two minutes of time.” Brown engraved his name on the bronze wheel in my photo. (Click on it for a closer look.)

Old South is offering that hourlong tour again on Saturday, 30 June (10:00 and 3:00), and Tuesday, 3 July (10:00 and 2:00). The price is $10 for members, $15 for others who reserve in advance, and nobody under age ten. Call 617-482-6439, x22 to reserve a spot.

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