Our Fall Paul Revere’s Boston events try to bring life in 18th century Boston into focus through living history demonstrations of all kinds. Our September Lecture series, sponsored by the Lowell Institute, approaches the same goal from a different angle, that of the modern archaeologist. The free lectures will be held at the Old South Meeting House on Tuesday nights in September. Our onsite Paul Revere’s Boston events on Saturdays are included 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.
1 Gilding Demonstration, 1:00–3:00Watch professional gilder Nancy Dick Atkinson apply gossamer thin sheets of gold leaf to wooden ornaments just as craftsmen did in Revere’s era.
8 Colonial Dance Tunes and Love Songs, 1:00-3:00 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.
15 Paper Marbling, 1:00-3:00 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.