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Upcoming Events

There are hundreds of programs, performances and events at Old South Meeting House all year long. Members receive free or discounted admission to many events plus priority seating and other benefits - become a member today.

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FEBRUARY

Wednesday, February 14, 6:30 pm
History in Hot Water: The Tea is Brewing™ Program Gets Smarter

How do we talk about race, gender and power when presenting 1770s politics to students and the public? Old South Meeting House education staff and a group of teachers-in-training will present a condensed version of our popular interactive school program Tea is Brewingas a springboard for discussion. This program reenacts the December 16, 1773 meeting that led to the Boston Tea Party. Join us as we consider how to present inclusive, hands-on history for all!

This program is made possible with funding from the Lowell Institute. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, registration requested at http://osmhfeb14-18.bpt.me 
(Snow date Wednesday, March 7, 6:30 pm)

Monday, February 19 through Friday, February 23
SCHOOL VACATION WEEK
Behind the Scenes at Old South Meeting House

Have you ever wondered what treasures lie behind the “Staff Only” doors of a museum and historic site? Visit the Meeting House to see some of the tools used to paint our 37-foot-high ceiling, glance at records that detail how much 19th century churchgoers paid to rent the best seats, and more! Special programs will give visitors an opportunity to visit our balcony level or try on historical clothing from our collections.

Visit www.osmh.org/calendar for details. All activities are included with Museum Admission. FREE for Boston residents aged 18 and under and accompanying adult with identification.

Thursday, February 22, 6:30 pm
OSMH Members-Only Reception with the Author, 5:30 pm
The Baker Chocolate Company: A Sweet History

In 1765, Dr. James Baker was said to have stumbled upon Irishman John Hannon "crying on the banks of the mighty Neponset River." Hannon possessed the rare skills required to make chocolate, and Baker wished to make a name for himself. Together the duo built America's oldest manufacturer of this rich treat. Local historian Anthony Sammarco details the saga of the Dorchester-based Baker Chocolate Company, from the La Belle Chocolatiere advertising campaign, to cacao bean smuggling sparked by Revolutionary War blockades.

$10, General Admission (includes light refreshments); $5, OSMH Members (includes admission to private reception with the author, 5:30-6:00 pm). http://osmhfeb22-18.bpt.me
Book sales and signing will follow the lecture. 
Free General Admission to EBT card holders, no preregistration necessary

MARCH

Middays at the Meeting House
Friday, March 9, 1:00 pm
City Life/Vida Urbana – Helping Boston Residents Keep Their Homes

Founded in 1973 as the Jamaica Plain Tenants Action Group, for over 40 years City Life/Vida Urbana has responded to the needs of Boston’s poor and working people. In recent years, the advocacy group has focused on halting housing displacement through eviction defense. Learn from a representative of this local group about the organization’s history and current strategies to ensure housing for Bostonians of all income levels.

$6; FREE FOR OSMH MEMBERS.

Sunday March 11, 9:30am
Poetry Out Loud – 13th Annual Massachusetts Finals

Presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, in partnership with the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Huntington Theatre Company at Old South Meeting House.

Experience the power of poetry! Come celebrate America's literary heritage and support talented high school students as they compete in the 13th Annual Massachusetts State Finals of the national poetry recitation contest.

Free & open to the public. 

 

Music at the Meeting House
Fridays, 1:00pm

New England Conservatory presents an exciting concert series featuring performers from NEC’s prestigious Artist Diploma and Graduate Ensemble Training programs. The concerts marked with an asterisk (*) will include selections that respond to the theme of "Occupation. Concerts are FREE and open to the public. Visit www.osmh.org/calendar for details.
3/16: Brannon Cho, cello 
3/30: Erica Petrocelli, soprano;
*4/6: Inmo Yang, violin

*4/13: Verona String Quartet

Wednesday, March 21, 6:00 pm
Speak Out! The 4th Annual Boston Massacre Anniversary Orations

Co-Sponsored by the History Department, Suffolk University, The Bostonian Society, and the Department of History & Social Studies, Boston Public Schools

Each year from 1772 to 1775, massive gatherings were held at Old South Meeting House to commemorate the anniversary of the Boston Massacre, with rousing speeches by John Hancock, Benjamin Church and Dr. Joseph Warren. Join us to hear selected excerpts of these speeches in the grand hall where the orations took place 240 years ago! Audience members will also have the option to read; prizes will be awarded to orators in youth and adult categories!

This program is made possible with funding from the Lowell Institute. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, registration requested at http://osmhmarch21-18.bpt.me

(Snow date Wednesday, March 28, 6:00 pm)

APRIL

Thursday, April 12, 6:00 pm
Sharing Our Stories, Sharing Our Lives – A Citywide Story Sharing Workshop

Compelling stories are all around us, but many of them go unheard. This special event will introduce the work of Everyday Boston, a grassroots organization that teaches Bostonians to share and record one another’s stories. Following a “Meet Your Neighbors” reception and an introduction to the group’s vision, you will get a taste of the interviewing process they teach. Expand your skillset, horizons, and sense of community in this 2-hour gathering with Everyday Boston’s founder and the organization’s team of Story Ambassadors!

This program is made possible with support from the Lowell Institute. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, registration requested at http://osmhapril12-18.bpt.me

Sunday, April 15, 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
OneBoston Day

Old South Meeting House welcomes visitors for respite and reflection on the 5th anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon, now recognized as OneBoston Day. FREE ADMISSION FOR MASSACHUSETTS RESIDENTS.

Monday, April 16 through Friday, April 20
SCHOOL VACATION WEEK
Mapping the Meeting House

Explore Old South Meeting House and its maps – from a 100-year-old, 3-D table map of Colonial Boston, to floor plans that show where Benjamin Franklin and Phillis Wheatley sat during church services. Stand where the Sons of Liberty may have stood before the Boston Tea Party! Discover how the boundaries of Boston have expanded over 400 years, mark your birthplace on a wall map, and view the hometowns of other visitors from near and far.

Visit www.osmh.org/calendar for details. All activities are included with Museum Admission. FREE for Boston residents aged 18 and under and accompanying adult with identification.

Middays at the Meeting House
Friday, April 20, 1:00 pm
Occupying Words – A Poetry Month Performance

Visit Old South Meeting House during National Poetry Month and hear local verbal artists performing a variety of works in response to the ideas of “occupation” and what it means to occupy Boston. Please visit www.osmh.org/calendar for additional performance details.

$6; FREE FOR OSMH MEMBERS.

Thursday, April 26, 6:30 pm
Boston in the American Revolution: Occupation 1768

In 1768, British Parliament enacted a military solution to what was not yet a military problem by dispatching thousands of British troops to Boston. Many Bostonians struggled with the presence of these armed men in their streets. Brooke Barbier, author of Boston in the American Revolution, will discuss the bewildering ways the two groups interacted with one another - it will surprise you!

This program is made possible with funding from the Lowell Institute. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, registration requested at http://osmhapril26-18.bpt.me

MAY

Thursday, May 17, 6:30 pm
Mother & Father Wit: Life Lessons

A Storytelling Performance with Boston Elders

Our elders’ knowledge and life lessons are threads that strengthen the tapestry of our communities. Yet their voices often go unheard. This performance, directed by Boston-based performance artist Valerie Stephens, is part of a community theater project designed to give elders a voice throughout the city. Join us to learn “Life Lessons” from local residents whose stories have not yet been chronicled!

This program is made possible with support from the New England Foundation for the Arts and the Lowell Institute. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, registration requested at http://osmhmay17-18.bpt.me

Thursday, May 31, 6:30 pm
Activating Historic Sites in Dorchester – Sip & Spoke Bike Kitchen, and More!

Learn from Kathy Kottaridis of Historic Boston Inc. about the ongoing efforts to green and revitalize Columbia Road, Dorchester, and the city as a whole. Then listen in as entrepreneur, Dorchester native, and local history activist Noah Hicks shares his behind-the-scenes story of the Upham’s Corner 1912 Comfort Station. Hear how the renovation of this historic building into Sip & Spoke promises to contribute to an ongoing urban renaissance in Dorchester. 

Note: This program is an expanded version of a lecture originally scheduled in 2017 which was canceled because of a building-related emergency.

This program is made possible with support from the Lowell Institute. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, registration requested at http://osmhmay31-18.bpt.me

JUNE

SAVE THE DATE!

Wednesday, June 6th, 6:00pm
CELEBRATE BOSTON! Quiz Night at Old South Meeting House
Theme: Dorchester
Co-sponsored by the Dorchester Historical Society

Hint, hint: Some questions may be pulled from Dorchester-themed programs this season!

Tickets are $15 each; $10 for students; $5 for OSMH Members (with code). Tickets available at http://celebrateboston2018.bpt.me or by calling (800) 838-3006.