Longtime Paul Revere House research director Patrick Leehey was recently saluted as his retirement approaches from the North End’s most historic house. Speaking of Patrick’s contributions at the annual holiday gathering was Executive Director, Nina Zannieri.
The Paul Revere Memorial Association recently celebrated the retirement of its long time Research Director Patrick Leehey after more than 30 years. At a party held at the Association’s historic buildings, the Revere House, Hichborn House and the Visitor Center at Lathrop Place, Executive Director Nina Zannieri noted:
“Pat has a self-effacing demeanor, a kind soul, and an invaluable grasp of the essence of history. He is as comfortable working with renowned scholars as his is with students and non-academic authors. He has been our go to ‘on camera’ expert for numerous television, film, radio, and now on-line history programs.”
Whether answering a research question, reviewing a manuscript or film script, providing a lecture on Revere, editing a newsletter or as the author or co-author of all of the Association’s major publications. Pat has provided timely, astute, scholarly and kind direction, and consul. Almost all of the significant books published in the last 30 years about Revere include an acknowledgment of the Association’s assistance due to Pat’s careful work and sensible suggestions. As a result of Pat’s thoughtful management, over the years, hundreds of students have been introduced to an active public history venue through our internship program. Many have gone on to jobs in the history or museum field, a testament to his guidance and energy.
Patrick will be staying on in a consulting capacity so you may still see him out and about in the neighborhood leading tours and sharing the North End’s rich history with our many visitors.