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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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

From the Long Room to Online Group Tours

Here are a couple more online events coming up this week that caught my eye.

On Thursday, 15 April, the Fraunces Tavern Museum in New York will offer “The Long Room: For the Entertainment of Friends and Strangers”, featuring former guest curator Kym S. Rice.

Back in 1983, Rice organized an exhibition on ”Early American Taverns” that became one of the biggest research projects in the museum’s history and produced an illustrated book of the same name.

In conversation with Education & Public Programs Coordinator Mary Tsaltas-Ottomanelli, Rice will discuss the roles taverns played throughout the eighteenth century, paying particular attention to urban taverns and their largest spaces, often called “the long room.” [Long-time Boston 1775 readers know to be wary of descriptions of the pre-Revolutionary “Long Room Club,” however.]

This online event is free. People must register by 3:30 P.M. on the afternoon of the 15 April to receive the link, and the event will start at 6:30. Later the recorded conversation will be released through the Fraunces Tavern Museum’s podcast.

On Saturday, 17 April, and closer to home (not that it matters much online), Boston By Foot is observing Patriots Day with an “Online, On-Site, On Foot” event.

As the event description says, “It's a story that involves a spy network, a secret alert system, a ‘minuteman’ militia, a tense standoff with the most powerful army in the world, and of course, a legendary midnight ride.”

To create a special Patriots’ Day virtual experience, Boston By Foot guides will be on location from Old North Church and Boston's city limits to Lexington and Concord to take viewers on a journey examining how the Revolutionary War began.

This event will start at 11:00 A.M. on the 17th and last for about an hour. The suggested donation for watching is $10.12 (which includes a $2.12 fee for Eventbrite), but viewers can choose less or more. Register here.

1 comment:

J. L. Bell said...

This morning I learned about another online event that might interest fans of colonial taverns.

It’s called “‘Cock'd’ and ‘Boozy’: Drinking with the Founding Fathers,” and here’s the description:

“Join Brooke Barbier, historian and Ye Olde Tavern Tours founder, to hear about Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson’s appetite for alcohol and the role their imbibing played in the American Revolution. Learn which president served as a wine advisor to three other presidents, who thought rum was the key ingredient for independence, and which Founding Fathers threw the best parties. After you sign up, we’ll send you the recipe for an easy-to-make colonial cocktail.”

This event will take place on Tuesday, 20 April, starting at 7:30 P.M. The cost is $12. Go here to register.