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, March 01, 2011

Boston Massacre to Be Reenacted Three Times, 5 Mar.

March already? That means it’s almost time for the annual Boston Massacre reenactment outside the Old State House! This year the 5th falls on a Saturday, meaning there can be a whole day of commemorations without confusion between the observation and the actual anniversary.

Here are the Bostonian Society’s scheduled events:

Kids Re-enact the Massacre
11:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M.

With little red coats and Styrofoam snowballs, young visitors will be the stars in a recreation of the Boston Massacre led by rangers from the Adams National Historical Park in the plaza outside of the Old State House.

Trial of the Century
11:30 A.M. and 2:30 P.M.

Immediately following the Kids’ Reenactment, come inside to watch patriot lawyers John Adams and Josiah Quincy defend the British soldiers accused of murdering Bostonians. Audience members are invited to act as witnesses and jurors for this celebrated case. Free with museum admission; in the Old State House.

Tickets for both preceding performances go on sale at 9:00 A.M. at the Old State House. Space is limited; purchasing tickets before attending the Kids’ Reenactment is highly encouraged.

Boston Massacre Reenactment
7:00 P.M.

Witness the event that sparked the American Revolution! Join us and become a part of this infamous event as it is reenacted in front of the Old State House, in the very place where it took place in 1770. Decide for yourself if the soldiers fired into the crowd in self-defense or cold-blooded murder. Before the action unfolds, hear from patriots, loyalists, and moderates who will talk about the events and attitudes that led to that fateful night. Free; in front of the Old State House, at the corner of State and Congress streets.
Now all we need is good Massacre weather: chilly, but clear, with a bright moon shining on the soldiers but leaving much of the crowd in shadow.

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