Patriots Day and Spring School Vacation
Events at the Paul Revere House
Help commemorate the 150th anniversary of the writing of “Paul Revere’s Ride” with a visit to Paul Revere’s during Patriot’s Day week. Events held throughout the week honor Paul Revere, his family, friends, and foes. Unless otherwise noted, events are free with museum admission: adults $3.50, seniors and college students $3.00, children 5-17 $1.00.
Patriot Fife and Drum Saturday, April 17; 1:00-3:00 Enjoy a lively concert of music that accompanied colonists as they marched, danced, wooed their beloveds, and waged war. David Vose and Jim Snarski provide fascinating insight into each selection they perform.
A Visit with Paul Revere Sunday, April 18; 1:00, 1:45, 2:30 On the 235th anniversary of Revere’s famous ride, Michael Lepage brings Boston’s favorite patriot vividly to life in the museum courtyard. Ask him about the details of his midnight ride, inquire about his 16 children, or engage him in conversation about his work as a gold and sliversmith.
Rachel Revere: A Revolutionary Woman Tuesday, April 20; 1:00, 1:45, 2:30 Paul has left on his ride, now what? Professional storyteller Joan Gatturna takes on the role of Paul Revere’s second wife. Listen to her dramatic account of a woman’s struggle to hold home and family together in a time of war, blockades, and shortages.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Wednesday, April 21; 1:00-4:00 Drawing on his extensive knowledge of the famous poet, Robert Velella brings to life the thoughts, words, and talent of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow while teaching young and old the basics of poetic rhyme, meter, and verse. Velella will bookend his drop-in poetry workshop with recitations and discussions of the poem “Paul Revere’s Ride” at 1:00 and 3:30.
Midnight Ride Storytelling Program Thursday, April 22, and Friday, April 23; 10:00–11:30 Find out what really happened on Paul Revere’s ride! Watch a short slide program that separates the facts from the myths, then retrace Revere’s route from his home to the banks of the Charles River. Participants don hats and carry props as they go, taking on the roles of Paul and Rachel Revere, their children, British soldiers, rowers, John Hancock and Samuel Adams. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 617-523-2338. $4.50 for children ages 6 to 10 and for accompanying adults.
A Loyalist Perspective on the Revolution Saturday, April 24; 1:00, 1:45, 2:30 Hear a first-hand account of the abuses loyalists suffered at the hands of emboldened “patriots.” Michael Lepage takes on the role of Chief Justice Peter Oliver, brother of Andrew Oliver, a stamp collector.
We encourage you to visit www.paulreveresride.org for information about these and other events commemorating the 150th anniversary of the writing of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride.”
THE REVERE HOUSE AT A GLANCE: On the Freedom Trail in Boston’s historic North End, the Revere House was home to patriot and silversmith Paul Revere from 1770 to 1800. Revere left from the house on April 18, 1775, to begin the mission that Henry Wadsworth Longfellow immortalized in the poem “Paul Revere’s Ride.” Built around 1680, the Revere House is the oldest building in downtown Boston. As visitors tour the house at their own pace, museum staff provide fascinating insight into the intriguing furnishings and personal artifacts on display. For more information about the Revere House, visit www.paulreverehouse.org.
MUSEUM HOURS: Through April 14, the Revere House is open 9:30–4:15. From April 15 through October 31, the house is open daily 9:30–5:15. Closed on Mondays, January–March.
Remember: Admission to the Paul Revere House is free for North End/Waterfront residents with I.D.