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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Monday, December 08, 2008

Tea Party Reenactment at Old South, 14 Dec

Old South Meeting House will host its annual reenactment of the meeting that preceded the Boston Tea Party on Sunday, 14 December, starting at 5:30 P.M.

This year’s event will feature “Old South’s Tea Party Players, The Musick of Prescott’s Battalion, and wondrous new puppetry by Butterworth Productions.” The last is a new addition, probably because folks can no longer troop down to the waterfront to watch people through chests off the recreated tea ship, since that vessel’s still in dry dock.

For historical perspective, I quote from the minutes of a meeting of the Boston selectmen on 23 Nov 1785:

Mr. Nazro [a town official] is directed to acquaint the Persons who exhibit Puppet Shows that they immediately desist from such exhibitions, otherwise they may expect to be prosecuted therefor as the Law directs —
Tickets for the reenactment are $6 apiece, on sale on through the Old South website or by calling (800) 838-3006.

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