Get a taste of December 1769, at Old South Meeting House and in the town of Boston. Try on an item of replica 18th-century clothing, and sit in a 1769-style “family pew” with a portable foot warmer. Investigate an original item from our collections or try out a popular colonial American game, then use clues to search for the homes of early Old South Meeting House church members on a 1769 Boston street map! Peruse new information from a recent research project on African-American congregants at the Meeting House in the 18th century, including the biographical sketch of Scipio Gunney, a free African-American member of the congregation during this period.
Before you go, sample seasonal teas courtesy of DAVIDs TEA, and browse our Museum Shop for unique gifts and stocking stuffers.
This FREE public event is made possible with funding from the Lowell Institute.
Schedule of the day's activities:
10:00-4:00 Museum Scavenger Hunts Explore the museum and Main Hall with a fun scavenger hunt – Preschoolers through adults.
10:00-4:00 Map Challenge Complete a giant jigsaw puzzle of 1769 Boston streets, or follow clues to find routes and landmarks on a 1769 map poster.
10:00-4:00 Biography Making View the biographical timeline of an 18th-century African American Bostonian who attended Old South Church. Share your thoughts on what more you would like to find out!
10:00-4:00 Tots’Corner Relax with your toddler or preschooler, read a book, and enjoy one of our cozy family pews. Enjoy a cup of “tea” with our children’s tea set.
10:30-12:30 Gowns, Tricorns & Toys! Learn about 18th-century clothing and games in Boston with costumed actors from the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum. Try on replica clothing from our collection.
11:30-12:15 Holiday Jazz Concert A jazz quartet from New England Conservancy sets the stage for holiday fun!
12:00-1:00 and 2:00-3:00 Meet Our Footwarmers! Learn about these 18th-century space heaters. Try out opening and closing a replica, and view a 200-year-old footwarmer from our museum collection!