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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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Thirty Minutes of History at Old South

The Old South Meeting House is trying out a new type of event later this month: “30-Minute History.” From 1:00 to 1:30 P.M. on Tuesday, 24 June, and Wednesday, 25 June, the historic site will host talks on aspects of Boston’s Revolutionary politics by two history professors. The cost per session is $5, but they’re free to members of Old South.

On the Tuesday, Prof. William M. Fowler of Northeastern will discuss “Will the Real Samuel Adams Please Stand Up?” It was a remark about Christopher Seider in Bill’s biography of Adams, Radical Puritan, that turned me from someone interested in history generally to someone with a particular interest in the American Revolution in Boston. So you can lodge your complaints with him.

The next day, the 25th, Prof. Robert J. Allison of Suffolk University will talk on “There’s No Party like a Boston Tea Party.” In the same short and sweet mode as the talk, Bob has written a book on the destruction of the tea.

1 comment:

klkatz said...

the 30 minute jaunt seems like a cool idea. i would assume the timing of the events is for teachers and retirees, or for those who love history so much and might be able to use their lunch break to learn...

who is the real sam adams?