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  • December 05, 2013 - December 12, 2013

Middays at the Meeting House: Bostonians and Their Tea!

Co-Presented by Old South Meeting House and The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

Thursday, December 5, 12:15 PM

Five Teas that Brewed a Revolution

Eighteenth-century Bostonians understood tea not as a foreign curiosity, but as one of many global goods that signaled their participation in a worldly culture modeled after the lifestyles of their English cousins. Considering Bostonians' taste for good teas, King George's worst offense might not have been the tax on tea, but instead his willingness to send us boatloads of stale black and green teas which were past their prime. Join tea historian Bruce 

Richardson, Tea Master for the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum and Contributing Editor for TeaTime magazine, as he shares the history of Boston's love affair with tea from his new book, A Social History of Tea. BOOK SIGNING & SALES TO FOLLOW. $1-$6; Free for OSMH Members 

Thursday, December 12, 12:15 PM

"Resolute Men (Dressed as Mohawks)"

Join historian Benjamin L. Carp, author of Defiance of the Patriots: The Boston Tea Party & the Making of America, as he discusses Indian disguises amongst the destroyers of the tea at Griffin's Wharf on December 16, 1773. What does historic evidence tell us about these disguises, and what misconceptions linger? Learn why Boston Tea Party participants selected Native American, and specifically Mohawk, disguises, and what this aspect of the Boston Tea Party can tell us about the emerging identity of Anglo-Americans in 18th-century Boston. 

BOOK SIGNING & SALES TO FOLLOW. $1-$6; Free for OSMH Members

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