The latest news and programs from the Paul Revere House:
Every year, the anniversary of Paul Revere’s Ride provides a great excuse for visiting Boston in April. We hope you will visit the Revere House early and often in 2012. Unless otherwise noted, events are free with museum admission: adults $3.50, seniors and college students $3.00, children ages 5–17 $1. Members and North End residents admitted free at all times.
PATRIOTS DAY AND SPRING SCHOOL VACATION PROGRAMS
Events commemorate the 237th anniversary of Paul Revere’s midnight ride and the preservation of his story through poetry.
A Visit with Paul Revere Saturday, April 14; 1:00-4:00 David Connor 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 activities as a member of the Sons of Liberty.
A Loyalist Perspective on the Revolution Sunday, April 15; 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.
Midnight Ride Storytelling Program Tuesday, April 17: 11:00-12:30, Wednesday, April 18: 3:00-4:30, and Thursday, April 19: 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.
Rachel Revere: A Revolutionary Woman Tuesday, April 19; 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 Friday, April 20; 1:00-4:00 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow helped revive the legacy of “the midnight ride of Paul Revere” through poetry in the 19th century. In this drop-in poetry workshop, Longfellow himself (portrayed by literary historian Rob Velella) helps visitors young and old learn how to read and understand poetry better. At 1:00 and 3:30, he will present “Paul Revere’s Ride” and explain his reasons for writing it.
Patriot Fife and Drum Saturday, April 21; 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 Sue Walko provide fascinating insight into each selection they perform.
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.
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