This year, join us for an ongoing exploration of VISION and INITIATIVE through an exciting variety of programs and events.
NO UPCOMING PROGRAMS
SPEAKER SERIES + Q&A
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 @ 7:00 – 8:15 pm
Jared Hardesty: Brief History of Slavery in New England
Speaker: Jared Ross Hardesty, PhD
Shortly after the first Europeans arrived in 17th-century New England, they began to enslave the area’s indigenous peoples and import kidnapped Africans. By the eve of the American Revolution, enslaved people comprised only about 4% of the population, but slavery had become instrumental to the region’s economy and had shaped its cultural traditions. In this concise yet comprehensive virtual talk, historian Jared Ross Hardesty will discuss his newest book Black Lives, Native Lands, White Worlds: A History of Slavery in New England by focusing on the individual stories of enslaved people in New England, bringing their experiences to life. He also will explore the importance of slavery to the colonization of the region and to agriculture and industry, New England’s deep connections to Caribbean plantation societies, and the significance of emancipation movements in the era of the American Revolution.
Afterward, stay online to be the first to hear new updates on Hardesty’s ongoing research into the seventeenth-century slave trading and smuggling ring centered at Old North. This research, originally unveiled in October 2019, touches on Captain Newark Jackson, the cacao trade, and other Boston business people and early parishioners at Old North will result in another book, slated to be published in 2022. He’ll also answer your questions about Black Lives, Native Lands, White Worlds, or his first book, Unfreedom. Both are available for purchase through Old North’s online gift shop. Don’t miss this candid experience with a rising leader in the history field.
POSTPONED: THE 2020 LANTERN CEREMONY
Sunday, April 19, 2020, 7pm
Keynote Speaker: Dave McGillivray
Honor the American spirit and support Old North Church & Historic Site on Sunday, April 19 at the 2020 Lantern Ceremony! Join us as we commemorate the night the two lanterns were held in our steeple launching the American Revolution. Truly a one-of-a-kind experience, The Lantern Ceremony brings together community leaders, history lovers, neighbors, and visitors from across the globe for an evening filled with pageantry and inspiration. This uplifting and enduring event supports the advancement of Old North’s mission and celebrates our legacy of courage, liberty, and civic engagement.
Click Here to learn more about our Third Lantern Awardee and Keynote Speaker, and reserve your tickets.
SPEAKER SERIES + COMMUNITY CONVERSATION
Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 @ 6:30 – 8:30 pm
10 on 10: Women in the Workforce
Speakers: Casey Baines, Elise Couture-Stone, Scarlett Hoey,Chloe Lin, Marie Palladino,Maddy Rodriguez, Rebecca Sivitz, Jodie Smith, Jen Steele, Dina Vargo, and Dr. Lisa Wong
Join us for a virtual celebration of influential women past and present! Old North Church & Historic Site is excited to offer its first digital speaker series program 10 on 10 Women in the Workforce on March 31 at 6:30pm. In this interactive webinar-style program you’ll hear from ten powerhouse women working in Boston today as they each offer a 5-minute spotlight presentation on a visionary woman from Massachusetts history. Presentations will explore the evolution of women’s professional identities and the ways in which each of these women have paved the way for equal rights. Afterward, stay online for a community chat about intersectional feminism, pay equity, and what we can each do today to advocate for equal rights for all in the workplace. Let’s commemorate one of 2020’s “Equal Pay Days,” March 31, with revelry and solidarity!
POSTPONED: OPENING RECEPTION AND ARTIST TALK
Thursday, March 19th, 2020 @ 6:30 – 8:30 pm
The Vernacular & The Spectacular
Photographs by Peter Vanderwarker and Matthew Dickey
Join us for an opening reception of our new exhibit in Clough House, “The Vernacular & The Spectacular”, on view from March 6th until May 18th. Enjoy light refreshments as you meet Old North staff, and participate in an artist talk with the featured photographers, Peter Vanderwarker and Matthew Dickey. They’ll discuss their work in architectural photography, and how our cityscape shapes Boston. Free and open to the public.
SPEAKER SERIES + BOOK SIGNING/RECEPTION
Tuesday, February 25th, 2020 @ 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Founding Martyr: Dr. Joseph Warren, the American Revolution’s Lost Hero
Speaker: Christian Di Spigna
Hear author Christian Di Spigna provide a fresh take on an unsung hero of the American Revolution. One of the most important and active revolutionaries in Colonial America, Dr. Joseph Warren helped spearhead the patriot movement against Great Britain that led to independence. By voice, pen, and sword, Warren was involved in every major insurrectionary event in the Boston area between 1765-1775. Killed at the battle of Bunker Hill in 1775, Warren’s decade of resistance activities became overshadowed by his martyrdom. Newly uncovered research discoveries highlight Warren’s importance as one of America’s first founding fathers.
Afterwards, join us for a book signing with the author and reception in Old North’s gift shop.
Christian Di Spigna is an author and historian. He holds a degree in History from Columbia University, where his research on Warren began more than two decades ago. Di Spigna volunteers at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and gives lectures about early American history.