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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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Bahne to Speak on Paul Revere, 12 and 18 April

Local historian Charles Bahne, who shared information on the Boston Tea Party as a Boston 1775 guest blogger last year, will speak about Paul Revere and how he inspired Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in two venues this upcoming week.

On Monday, 12 April, Bahne will be at the Cyrus E. Dallin Art Museum in Arlington, Massachusetts. This museum commemorates the sculptor who created the monument to Revere in Boston’s North End. The museum will have an Open House starting at 6:00, and Bahne’s lecture on “Longfellow’s Inspiration” will begin at 7:00. Because traffic in central Arlington can be tricky, please consult this map to the Dallin Museum.

On Sunday, 18 April, Bahne will be the keynote speaker at the Tenth Annual Paul Revere’s Row Reenactment at Boston National Historical Park’s Charlestown Navy Yard Visitor Center. The whole event will take place from 7:00 to 9:45 P.M., starting with musical and dramatic performances and ending with a reenactment of Revere’s crossing of the Charles River by rowboat. At the high point in the middle, Bahne’s talk will explore “What Did Longfellow Know and When Did He Know It?” while across the river two lanterns shine in Old North Church’s spire. This event is free and open to the public.

Both of these events are part of the yearlong observation of the 150th anniversary of Longfellow’s composition of “Paul Revere’s Ride.”

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