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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Thursday, August 06, 2015

August Saturdays at the Paul Revere House

The Paul Revere House in Boston’s North End is offering programs every Saturday afternoon this month.

8 August at 1:00, 1:45 & 2:30 P.M.
A Loyalist Perspective on the Revolution
Hear a first-hand account of the abuses that Loyalists suffered at the hands of emboldened “Patriots.” Michael Lepage takes on the role of Chief Justice Peter Oliver, brother of Andrew Oliver, the Massachusetts stamp agent.

15 August from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M.
The Art of Spinning
The art of spinning is best learned by the young, and Zoe Lawson has been practicing the craft of spinning by drop spindle and on a wheel since childhood. She shares her techniques while in eighteenth-century garb, accompanied by her fellow fiber artist and father, Fred Lawson.

22 August from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M.
The Tailor’s Craft
Clothing historian Henry Cooke IV takes on the role of an early Boston tailor. Watch as he “takes the measure” of visitors, then sits cross-legged, fashioning waistcoats from luxurious fabrics and “slops” from coarse weaves.

29 August at 1:00, 1:45 & 2:30 P.M.
John Adams: The Colossus of Independence
Hear from John Adams himself as he discusses his earliest beginnings in Braintree through his days as delegate of the Continental Congress and foreign ambassador. Hear his opinions of his contemporaries and how he longs to be home with his ”dearest friend,” Abigail, and their children. Mr. Adams’s singular wit is appealing to children and adults! [Or at least Mr. Adams would say so.]

These events are included with admission to the museum: adults $3.50, seniors and college students $3.00, children aged five to seventeen $1.00. Members and North End residents admitted free at all times. And if you visit the neighboring Hichborn House, you can see the historic site’s own Liberty Tree and add your thoughts on liberty to its leaves.

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