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, February 02, 2010

Upcoming Talks at Old South Meeting House

The Old South Meeting House has three upcoming midday presentations that look like fun introductions to life in Boston during the Revolution.

Thursday, 11 February:

Which famous American inventor was born on Milk Street and baptized at the Meeting House? Which congregation member died in poverty, despite her international fame? Who spent her youth being “finished” in Boston and attended services each Sunday with her extended family? Join the education staff of the Meeting House and learn more about some of its famous and not-so famous congregants. Discover what it was like to attend Puritan services, and hear about life in colonial Boston for some of the Meeting House members.
Thursday, 18 February:
An active Patriot from the start, Dr. Joseph Warren was a man who led others down the path to independence. Creating an elaborate intelligence network to gather information on British troops, Warren made crucial decisions that started the American Revolution. Listen to Mike Lepage as he brings Dr. Warren to life and meet the man who sent Paul Revere on his famous ride, fought in the first battles of the war, and organized the resistance to the greatest empire in the world.
Thursday, 11 March:
Between April 19, 1775 and March 17, 1775 Boston was under siege by local militia men, as British troops struggled to maintain power in the colony. Join the education staff of the Meeting House and learn about the final days of the American Revolution in Boston. Hear about how every day Bostonians struggled to survive and how Old South Meeting House suffered under the occupation of His Majesty’s 17th Regiment of Light Dragoons.
Each of these events will take place from 12:15 to 1:00 P.M. (attendees are welcome to bring brown-bag lunches). The cost is $5, or nothing for Old South members. The site’s schedule includes other events as well, including talks on other historical periods and musical concerts.

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