News from the Paul Revere House in North Square:
Revel in New England’s fall weather while sampling the sights, sounds, & smells of colonial Boston. Our “Paul Revere’s Boston” events are free with admission to the museum: adults $3.50 seniors and college students $3.00, children ages 5-17 $1. Members and North End residents are admitted free at all times. Through October 31 the Revere House is open daily 9:30-5:15. Beginning on November 1, the museum is open daily 9:30-4:15.
PAUL REVERE’S BOSTON
Saturday events explore everyday life in early Boston.
1 Colonial Dance Tunes and Love Songs, 1:00-4:00. In the guise of itinerant musicians, Al Petty & Deirdre Sweeney perform popular 18th-century tunes such as “Mr. Isaac’s Maggot” and “Jack’s Health” on the penny whistle, flute, fife, & other instruments.
8 Colonial Leather Working, 1:00-4:00. Find out how leather workers fashioned scabbards, sword belts, and harnesses to outfit the Continental Army. Fred Lawson demonstrates these methods and invites visitors to try their hands at punching holes and sewing leather.
15 Herbs in the Colonial Household, 1:00-3:00. Joanne Brown will share some of the many uses for herbs grown by families like the Reveres. Find out how Rachel Revere would have treated illness, seasoned food, and kept away bugs, all with plants from her garden!
22 Tinsmithing Demonstration, 1:00-4:00. Who made the ubiquitous lanterns, sconces, and other tin wares of the 18th century? A tinker! Larry Leonard produces and sells examples of his craft while describing the techniques, tools, and materials used since the Reveres’ era.
29 Paper Marbling, 1:00-4:00. See how colonial craftsmen created eye-catching marbled papers. Watch as R. P. Hale floats pigments in water, swirls the colors, then transfers the designs to paper. It may look like magic but Hale will explain the very real science behind this fascinating phenomenon.
6 Rachel Revere: A Revolutionary Woman, 1:00, 1:45, 2:30. Who held the Revere family together after Paul set off on his Midnight Ride? 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.
13 Revolutionary War Medicine, 1:00–4:00. Medical historian Ed Page takes on the role of regimental surgeon Elisha Skinner. Find out how he treated bullet wounds and disease on the battlefield during the war.
20 Printing Demonstration, 1:00-4:00. Not only did Revere contribute to the independence movement by engraving inflammatory political cartoons, he also printed money to pay the militia. Using similar technology R. P. Hale produces copies of his own wood block image of the Revere House on a hand-cranked press. Prints (available for sale) are only made at the Revere House.
Please note: No program on October 27.
For more information, contact the Paul Revere House at 617-523-2338.
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.
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