On Thursday, May 17th at 7:00 PM, the Old North Church will host a lecture, The Paul Revere Mall: History, Art and Community. The event is open to the public and a suggested donation is $5 per person.

The featured speaker on the 17th will be Rebecca Reynolds, formerly of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, an American decorative arts curator, author, and consultant who specializes in American sculpture. Reynolds’ talk will focus on the artistic legacy of Cyrus Dallin as well as his 58 year long struggle, to erect his Paul Revere sculpture in Boston.

Representatives from the North End’s historic and cultural organizations including the North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association, Friends of The Prado, and the North End Historical Society will also present information about the vision, history and landscape design of the Paul Revere Mall, called “The Prado” by the local community, as well as a review of the neighborhood history commemorated in the Mall, including the Paul Revere statue and thirteen memorial plaques.

Presenters (in order of speaking):

David A. Kubiak, North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association’s Parks and Open Space Committee
“The Prado: It’s History and Future”

Rebecca Reynolds, American Art Curator
“Arrested Motion: Cyrus Dallin’s Statue of Paul Revere”

Alex R. Goldfeld, President and Historian, North End Historical Society
“The Pride of Later Generations: North End History Remembered in The Prado”

Along with the successful April 29, 2012 outdoor celebration, the two events are intended to raise a new consciousness about the importance of the Paul Revere Mall for its historical, public and community value. The event sponsors are actively promoting investment in the Mall in order to restore the physical integrity of the space to Shurcliff’s original design and to see a revitalization of the park as both a historical monument and a beautiful open space for neighborhood and visitor gathering and reflection.

Sponsors: Old North Church, Cyrus Dallin Art Museum, Paul Revere Memorial Association, North End Historical Society, North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association, and Friends of the Prado.

Image by Matt Conti

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