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 10, 2015

Paul Revere House Events in February

February school vacation seems to be coming early this year in greater Boston, what with all the snow keeping schools closed. By the middle of next week, when the schools are actually scheduled to be closed, families could be so desperate to get out of the house that they might brave the worst blizzards.

Fortunately, the Paul Revere House will be open with some special vacation-week programs.

Wednesday, 18 February, 10:30 A.M. to 12:00 noon
The Revere Family at Work
Children (and their accompanying adults) tour the Revere House to learn about the jobs Paul Revere’s family did both in and out of their home. Each participant stuffs and sews a headache bag and engraves a design on a piece of copper to take home. Limited to 20 people. Reservations are required and may be made by calling the Revere House at 617-523-2338. Fee: $4.50 for children ages 5-11 and accompanying adults. Price includes admission to the Revere House.

Thursday, 19 February, 11:00 A.M.
Kids’-Eye-View Tour of the Paul Revere House
Designed especially to answer kids’ most pressing historic house questions: Where did 16 children sleep in this house? How did they bathe & where did they go to the bathroom? Why didn’t playing cards have numbers? And who was this Paul Revere guy anyway? Limited to 20 people. Reservations are required. Fee: $4.50 for children ages 5-11 and accompanying adults. Price includes admission to the Revere House.

Friday, 20 February, 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 noon
Drop-In Colonial Kids Activities
We will open up the first floor of the Pierce/Hichborn House and encourage you to drop in to try on clothes like Paul Revere’s kids wore, and play the same kinds of games they played in an informal setting. This program is free with admission to the house, and reservations are not required.

Saturday, 21 Febuary, 11:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M.
Vera Meyer on the Glass Harmonica
At the Old South Meeting House
Treat your family to the ethereal tones of this fascinating instrument invented by Benjamin Franklin in 1761. Music will range from special works by Mozart and Beethoven to your requests! Between songs, the musician will answer questions and provide details about the instrument’s history. Included with admission to Old South: $6.00 for adults, $5.00 for seniors & college students, $1.00 for children ages 6-18, and free for Old South and Paul Revere House members.

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