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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Friday, September 21, 2007

Save Our History in Boston, 22 September

On the evening of Saturday, 22 September, the History Channel’s Save Our History program will offer a new episode titled “Revolution in Boston.” It looks at the Old State House (built in 1713, shown here courtesy of Louise Barnewall and Flickr) and the African Meeting House (1804), what took place in these local monuments, and the ongoing efforts to preserve them.

The episode features a brief reenactment of the Boston Massacre. Both the producers and the reenactors were eager to achieve historical accuracy, even in a short sequence—though this July did offer them a limited supply of snow.

I like the pairing of a building connected to the American Revolution with another connected to the long struggle for liberty and rights in the new republic, inspired by that Revolution.

The episode will be repeated at midnight and on Sunday morning.

1 comment:

slskenyon said...

That's great that they're coming out to Boston. When I was in England, there was a similar effort going on, but overall in the UK in general, there is more of an appreciation of history in general that translates to funding for the restoration and maintanence of historical sites and buildings.