This year, join us for an ongoing exploration of COMMUNITY and COURAGE, tools and attributes of the active citizen, through an exciting variety of programs and events.
Saturday, March 9 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Saturday, March 16 @ 10:30 – 3:30 pm
Sunday, March 24 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Saturday, March 30 @ 10:30 – 3:30 pm
Learn piecing and contribute to a community-created quilt! Before there were sewing machines, quilts were made by hand. On March 9 and 24, talented members of a local guild, Quilters’ Connection, will be on hand with pre-cut squares to show you how to begin piecing a quilt by hand. Your hand-sewn pieces will be combined with others to create larger quilts. Members of Quilters’ Connection will quilt, bind, and finish them before they are donated to local charities in the Boston area.
On March 16 and 30, local quilter extraordinaire Catherine Gentile will demonstrate how the fabrics changed with technology and social need, and how the old method of quilt construction was updated with modern tools. Try your hand running some fabric through an Accuquilt die cutter (completely safe) and learn how to make photocards part of a quilt.
*Participation in these workshops is automatically included with admission to Old North Church & Historic Site. They will be held in Patriots Corner, where the current Piece-ful Voices exhibition is on view.
Spring Topic: Personal Courage & Community Responsibility
SPEAKER SERIES + COMMUNITY CONVERSATION
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 @ 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Populism and Nationalism: What We Can Do to Strengthen Our Democracy
Speaker: John Shattuck
Presented in partnership with the Ford Hall ForumReserve tickets
Populist discontent with democracy is on the rise. We see examples of this dissatisfaction in the economic and cultural rebellions of people feeling threatened by globalization and shut out by elites. John Shattuck, foreign affairs and human rights expert, will examine how that discontent is being manipulated by opportunistic politicians in the US and Europe. These political figures claim they can fix the situation by strengthening nationalism, which often translates into weakening democratic institutions and centralizing power. How does that affect our global and domestic communities? What are the potential sources of resilience of our democracy, and what can we do as citizens to save it?
Afterwards, join us for a reception and Community Conversation with John Shattuck and Brian Conley, Associate Professor and Program Director for the Graduate Program in Political Science in the Suffolk University Government Department, for an intimate discussion on the necessity of active citizenship and the role individuals play in governmental shifts.
2019 LANTERN CEREMONY
Sunday, April 14, 2019 @ 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Keynote Speaker: Attorney General Maura Healey
Two men acting under the orders of Paul Revere snuck into the Old North Church late at night, climbed up Boston’s tallest steeple, and hung two lanterns. Their act of defiance against military occupation and monarchical rule ushered in the start of the American Revolutionary War. Ever since the 1875 centennial anniversary of the lantern hanging Old North has invited guests and community leaders to participate in a ceremony honoring the patriots who made that midnight ride possible.
This year, Old North once again invites you to come and relive the night that launched the revolution!
The theme of this year’s ceremony is “COMMUNITY and COURAGE.” The keynote speaker is Attorney General Maura Healey, the chief lawyer and law enforcement officer of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The ceremony will feature colonial militia and re-enactors, a reading of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s beloved poem “Paul Revere’s Ride,” and the lighting of two lanterns atop Old North’s steeple.
General admission starts at $40 and sponsorship opportunities begin at $300.
SPEAKER SERIES + COMMUNITY CONVERSATION
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 @ 6:30 – 8:30 pm
The Child Independence is Born: James Otis and Writs of Assistance
Speaker: James Farrell
Presented in partnership with Ford Hall Forum
Many years after the American Revolution, John Adams reflected on the 1761 speech by James Otis against writs of assistance. “Otis demonstrated the illegality, the unconstitutionality, the iniquity and inhumanity of that writ in so clear a manner, that every man appeared to me to go away ready to take up arms against it,” Adams wrote. “Then and there,” he said, “the child Independence was born.” This presentation will offer a reexamination of the writs of assistance speech by James Otis, testing Adams’s claim about its importance. Did the Revolution begin with the writs of assistance trial? To answer that question, we will review the purpose and function of writs of assistance within the political, legal, and economic environment of colonial Massachusetts, and discuss the constitutional dispute over writs of assistance in the 1761 trial. With a more complete understanding of Otis’s speech, what can we conclude about his influence on colonial opposition to British rule, and about his impact on American legal development in the areas of constitutional protection against unreasonable search, and with regard to the practice of judicial review of legislative action?
Afterwards, join us for a reception and Community Conversation with the speaker and Assistant Clinical Professor of Law Christina A. Miller (Suffolk University) for an intimate discussion about the parallels between the writs of assistance and the parameters of search and seizure law as it is developing in the modern world.
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 @ 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Sweethearts at Sea: Love and Marriage in the New England Whaling Industry
Speaker: Amanda Goodheart Parks
Presented in partnership with Boston By Foot
During the nineteenth century, when Yankee whale oil lit the world, men from more than thirty New England communities– including Boston– sailed the seven seas in the pursuit of whales, leaving their families behind for up to five years at a time. Meanwhile, new philosophies encouraging companionate marriages became popular in New England society. The combination of these historical phenomena meant men and women in nineteenth century New England whaling communities faced the daunting prospect of spending most of their lives apart. That is until the 1840s, when a small group of married couples defied social and industrial tradition by going to sea together aboard whaleships. This lecture will focus on one of these remarkable couples—Captain John and Elizabeth Marble of Fall River, Massachusetts—using the letters and journals they left behind to tell a story of love, life, and loss at sea.
SPEAKER SERIES + COMMUNITY CONVERSATION
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 @ 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Quilts for the Cause: Community Actions
Speaker: Pamela Weeks
Presented in partnership with the New England Quilt Museum
“Quilts for the Cause” include those used to promote social issues such as anti-slavery or prohibition, and for charitable or patriotic purposes, which include quilts made in time of war. Pamela Weeks, Curator of the New England Quilt Museum, will discuss quilts made for some of these issues with a concentration on the communities of women who helped the Northern cause in the American Civil War. She will outline the origins of the U. S. Sanitary Commission at the beginning of the War; detail the roles women played on the home front, and the battlefield; and feature the stories of some Civil War soldiers’ quilts.
Afterwards, join us for a reception and Community Conversation with Pam and Sue Bleiweiss of Threads of Resistance for an intimate discussion on the parallels between the communal and activist nature of quilting in the 19th century and quilting today. Our newest exhibition in Patriots Corner, Piece-ful Voices, will be on view in March in honor of Women’s History Month.