Boston Massacre 250th Anniversary

On March 5, 1770, British soldiers killed five Bostonians in what became known as the Boston Massacre, one of the crucial moments that led to the Revolutionary War. The Museum will commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Boston Massacre with in-gallery programs, including pop-up, 10-minute talks in the galleries and a new artifact on display.

10-Minute Gallery Talks
March 4-8 at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
Gather under the recreated Boston’s Liberty Tree to explore the dynamics that led to the Boston Massacre and how its aftermath led to the formation of the nation. Plus, hear surprising stories, like that of Crispus Attucks, a dockworker of African and Native American descent killed during the Massacre and considered by many historians to be the first casualty of the American Revolution, and how Paul Revere’s famous 1770 engraving of the event was used as propaganda to stir up anti-British sentiment among the colonists.

Must-See Artifact: Boston Gazette March 1771 Edition
See a recently installed edition of the Boston Gazette newspaper from March 11, 1771, commemorating the first anniversary of the Boston Massacre. The newspaper addresses Boston Massacre anniversary commemorations, including an illuminated display of original art that Paul Revere displayed in the windows of his home. 

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Author Talk & Video Game Playtest with Dr. Serena Zabin
Tuesday, March 17 from 5-8 p.m.

At History After Hours: A Revolutionary St. Patrick's Day, Dr. Serena Zabin will discuss her new book The Boston Massacre: A Family Story, exploring the dynamics of the Boston Massacre and the human relationships behind the clash. Throughout the evening, guests are invited to playtest Dr. Zabin’s forthcoming video game about the Boston Massacre, Witness to the Revolution