Thursday, March 05, 2009

March 5, 1770

On March 5, 1770, British soldiers killed 5 men on the streets of Boston in what would become know as the Boston Massacre. In honor of the 239 th anniversary of this revolutionary event,
The Bostonian Society will present the following programs:

Friday March 6, 2009
Historic Voices: Echoing Boston Patriots at Old South Meeting House
6:30pm – 8:00pm
In the years that followed the Boston Massacre, citizens crowded the halls of Old South Meeting House on the anniversary of the infamous event to hear the moving words of Boston’s greatest orators. These speeches were evocative, passionate, and intended to stir the people of Boston into rebellion. Their inspirational messages about freedom and democracy still ring true today. Join us to hear students from Boston Latin School dramatize the eloquent words of orators such as John Hancock, Joseph Warren, and John Rock. Robert Allison, history professor at Suffolk University and author of The Boston Massacre, will narrate the event. Free; at Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington Street , Boston, MA 02108

Saturday March 7, 2009
Little Redcoats: Kids Reenact the Massacre
11:00am – 11:30am and 2:00 pm – 2:30pm
Young visitors will be the stars in a reenactment of the Boston Massacre led by rangers from the Adams National Historical Park. Free; on the mall outside of the Old State House.

Trial of the Century
11:30am – 12:30pm and 2:30 pm – 3:30pm
Watch John Adams defend the British soldiers accused of murdering Bostonians. Self-defense or cold-blooded murder? You decide as audience members are invited to act as jurors for this celebrated case. Program led by rangers from the Adams National Historical Park. Free with museum admission; in the Old State House.

Boston Massacre Reenactment
7:00 pm-7:45 pm
See the event that sparked the Revolution! Local reenactment groups will portray the infamous incident outside the Old State House. Free.

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