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The Boston Massacre: A Family History

Fifth of March

Wed Mar 4th 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215, USA

The story of the Boston Massacre is familiar to generations. But from the very beginning, most accounts have obscured a fascinating truth: the Massacre arose from conflicts that were as personal as they were political. Serena Zabin draws on original sources and lively stories to follow British troops as they are dispatched from Ireland to Boston in 1768 to subdue the increasingly rebellious colonists. She reveals a forgotten world hidden in plain sight: the many regimental wives and children who accompanied the armies. We see these families jostling with Bostonians for living space, finding common cause in the search for a lost child, trading barbs, and sharing baptisms. Becoming, in other words, neighbors. When soldiers shot unarmed citizens in the street, it was these intensely human and now broken bonds that fueled what quickly became a bitterly fought American Revolution.

There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30.Serena Zabin, Carleton CollegeThere is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members, EBT or ConnectorCare cardholders).

To Register:

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Wreath-laying

Gravestone Fifth of March

Thu Mar 5th 9:00am – 9:30am

Granary Burying Ground, Tremont St, Boston, MA 02108, USA

A formal service by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will take place at the grave of the victims of the Boston Massacre in the Old Granary Burial Ground. A DAR wreath-laying will be conducted at the grave of Crispus Attucks, Samuel Gray, James Caldwell, Samuel Maverick and Patrick Carr.

For additional information, please contact:

Julia R. Eacott
National Vice Chair
250th Boston Massacre

Karen Smith
250th Boston Massacre
Public Relations and Media

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250th Anniversary of the Boston Massacre Reenactment

Boston Massacre Reenactments

Saturday, March 7th, 2020
1:00pm – 5:00pm – Historical Vignettes
7:00 pm – Boston Massacre Reenactments


Old State House, 206 Washington St, Boston, MA 02109, USA

Join us as tensions between the citizens of the Town of Boston and the British soldiers stationed in town build and eventually boil over resulting in what has become known as the “Boston Massacre.” This day long event will allow visitors to meet with reenactors portraying a variety of citizens of 1770 Boston who are eager to share their perspective on the events in Boston since the landing of the troops in October of 1768.

There are numerous historical vignettes taking place in Downtown Boston between the Old South Meeting House & the Old State House, culminating in the reenactment of the Boston Massacre about 7:00 p.m.

John Adams & the Boston Massacre Trials

Bloody massacre artwork

Fri Apr 17th 2:00pm – 3:00pm


Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215, USA

Amanda Norton of the Adams Papers will walk visitors through our exhibition of the Boston Massacre, which explores and reinterprets the events of March 5, 1770 and the courtroom drama that unfolded after the massacre through the archival material found in the MHS collection.

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