Be a Lantern Holder with the Old North Church & Historic Site
The story of Paul Revere’s ride is a story of many people coming together and doing their part to help a cause. On April 18, 1775 Robert Newman and John Pulling Jr. took two lanterns up the very tall steeple of the Old North Church to alert the rest of Massachusetts to be on alert: the British army was on the march. The next day, due to their early warning the colonists had enough time to gather and, if needed, defend themselves. The fighting that broke out that morning led to the Revolutionary War.
Newman and Pulling did their part to help Paul Revere warn the community that there was danger, and you can do your part too!
Step One: download and print off the document below: the lantern. Helpful tip: print off two lanterns, if you want to be like Boston during the Revolution! Newman and Pulling lit two lanterns to warn the countryside where the British army was going: “one if by land, two if by sea”.
Step Two: color the lantern any way you would like! Do you want to be secretive and subtle, like Newman and Pulling? Do you want to make it as bright and noticeable as possible? Show off your skills as an artist—use crayons, paint, glitter, stickers, or any art supplied that strike your fancy to customize your lantern!
Step Three: find the biggest window of your home that faces out towards the street. Or if you prefer, find the window that points towards as many neighbors as possible.
Step Four: hang your lantern(s) as high as you can in that window, with your artistic creation facing out towards your community! Show your support of your friends and neighbors. Let them know we all can do our part to help each other and keep people safe!
Step Five: share your story or a picture of your work with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Make sure to tag our handle (@oldnorth1723), and use the hashtags #FindYourLantern and #OldNorthChurch. Let us know how you’re doing your part!
Congratulations, Lantern Holder! You are now a part of #FindYourLantern at Old North. But don’t stop there! There is always more we can do to help. Call a friend or relative and check on how they are doing. Do an act of kindness around the house. Look up organizations that are working to protect us from coronavirus and see if you can donate—or thank them for their dedication. How else can you stay involved and help out your community?
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