Dozens of summer 2012 events are happening at the Paul Revere House. Page down for special War of 1812 Bicentennial and Harborfest activities. Remember, North End residents are waived admission courtesy of the PRH, located right here in North Square. For more information, see PaulRevereHouse.org.
PAUL REVERE’S BOSTON EVENTS: EVERY SATURDAY AFTERNOON
June 9 Silversmithing in the Tradition of Paul Revere, 1:00–4:00 Geoffrey Blake, a master silversmith from Old Newbury Crafters, produces hand-wrought sterling silver flatware just as Paul Revere did in his North End shop.
June 23 Deborah Sampson: Petticoat Patriot, 1:00, 1:45, 2:30 A female soldier who served in the American Revolution would like to tell you about her extraordinary adventure! Storyteller Joan Gatturna portrays Sampson.
June 30 Songs of the War of 1812, 1:00-4:00 As Boston honors the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, musician Rick Spencer will sing and play popular songs from the war years on the guitar and banjo. This talented historian from Connecticut will also provide background information on one of America’s earliest and most formative conflicts.
July 7 Captain Amasa Soper’s Company, 1:00-4:00 Costumed members of this Revolutionary War reenactment group take on the roles of farmers, printers, and tailors who volunteered to defend Boston harbor after the siege of the city ended in 1776.
July 14 Hammered Dulcimer Concert, 1:00-4:00 Award-winning musician Dave Neiman plays jigs, reels, and Baroque and Renaissance tunes that Paul Revere and his family may have enjoyed.
July 21 Colonial Basket Weaving, 1:00-4:00 Rather than in plastic bags or cardboard boxes, colonists stored cheese, chickens, and candles in specially designed baskets. Fred Lawson weaves and sells reproductions copied from period originals.
July 28 Glass Harmonica Concert, 1:00-4:00 Vera Meyer plays early American melodies on the intriguing instrument that Ben Franklin invented. The ethereal, haunting tones Meyer creates as she places her wet fingers on the rims of rotating glass bowls will mesmerize all who listen!
August 4 The Art of Spinning, 1:00-4:00 The art of spinning is best learned by the young, and Zoe Lawson has been practicing the craft of spinning by drop spindle and on a wheel since childhood. She shares her techniques while in 18th century garb, accompanied by her fellow fiber artist and father, Fred Lawson.
August 11 Patriot Fife and Drum, 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.
August 18 Colonial Weaving Demonstration, 1:00-4:00 Talented craftsman Fred Lawson demonstrates the art of creating cloth by hand and simple machines. Practice weaving on the small looms provided.
August 25 The Tailor’s Craft, 1:00-4:00 Clothing historian Henry Cooke takes on the role of an early Boston tailor. Watch as he “takes the measure” of visitors, then sits cross-legged, fashioning waistcoats from luxurious fabrics and “slops” from coarse weaves.
Paul Revere Pottery Hands on Activity Friday, June 29; 1:00-3:00 Free with admission. Clay artist Anne Bowen, invites visitors of all ages to try their hands at copying the nautical and Revere-related motifs used by the Paul Revere Pottery in the early 1900s.
Paul Revere’s North End Walking Tours Friday, June 29; Monday, July 2, Tuesday, July 3; 2:30-3:30 PM Fee: Adults $5, seniors and college students $4.50, children ages 5-17 $1.50, includes admission to the Revere House. Explore Paul Revere’s neighborhood with an experienced guide from the Paul Revere House. Discover fascinating details about Revere’s work and family life and learn about the history of one of Boston’s oldest and most colorful districts.
A Visit with Paul Revere Tuesday, July 3: 1:00-3:00 Free with admission to the Revere House.
Enjoy a visit with the famous patriot at his own home! Fascinating insights into Paul Revere’s story are revealed, as David Connor brings to life the talented silversmith, midnight rider, and loving patriarch throughout his lively performance in the Revere House courtyard.
PAUL REVERE HOUSE / USS CONSTITUTION MUSEUM COLLABORATIVE
WAR OF 1812 BICENTENNIAL PROGRAM
Boston Harbor and the War of 1812 – Guided Walking Tours
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. Built around 1680, the Revere House is the oldest building in downtown Boston. 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.