Dear Sun Spots: Would you please be able to find for me the address or phone number in Boston of the Paul Revere Historical Society? Thank you. – No Name, No Town.
Answer: Sun Spots wonders if in fact you are referring to The Paul Revere Memorial Association, a private, nonprofit organization that operates both the Paul Revere House and the Pierce/Hichborn House?
The building that had been Revere’s home from 1770 to 1800 continued for a time as a private home. However, by 1845, it was in full use as a boarding house mostly for transient seamen. The first floor was converted to accommodate shops, at various times a candy store, a cigar store, an Italian bank and a green grocer. The rest of the house was used for tenement apartments. Years of hard use took their toll and the house fell into disrepair. The Paul Revere Memorial Association rescued and restored the house.
According to the Paul Revere House Web site, www.paulreverehouse.org, the house is located at 19 North Square, Boston, MA 02113, 617-523-2338. They are open daily April 15 – Oct. 31 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. and from Nov. 1 – April 14 at 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
It is closed on Mondays in January, February and March and closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Admission for adults is $3, seniors and college students $2.50 and children ages five to 17 are $1. You might also consider contacting them about group rates. The average visit is 30-45 minutes long, depending on the time of year. Please note there are no public restrooms or telephones on the site.
Coming events include:
Glass Harmonica Concert, Saturday, July 7, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Vera Meyer plays early American melodies on the intriguing instrument invented by Ben Franklin. The ethereal, haunting tones Meyer creates as she places her wet fingers on the rims of rotating glass bowls will entrance all who listen. Free with admission to the Revere House.
A Visit with Paul Revere, Thursday, July 12; Thursday, July 19, Thursday, July 26, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Free with admission to the Revere House. David Connor portrays Boston’s favorite patriot. Find out what really happened on his midnight ride. Chat with Revere about his other exploits during the Revolution or about his work as a silversmith, dentist and copper plate engraver.
Copper Plate Printing, Saturday, July 14, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Discover the techniques Paul Revere used to engrave and print incendiary broadsides and political cartoons, as well as currency to pay soldiers soon after the Revolutionary War began. Free with admission to the Revere House.
Petticoats at Sea: A Clipper Ship Girl, Saturday, July 21, at 1 p.m. 1:45 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Storyteller Joan Gatturna tells the tale of a teenage girl who saves her father’s ship after pirates attack it. The story is based on real life adventures. Free with admission to the Revere House.
Colonial Dance Tunes and Love Songs, Saturday, July 28, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. In the guise of an itinerant musician, Al Petty performs tunes such as “Mr. Isaac’s Maggot” and “Jack’s Health” on the penny whistle, flute and fife. Free with admission to the Revere House.
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