August 14 marks the 250th anniversary of the day when a group of Bostonians came together at the site of the “Liberty Tree” to protest Parliament’s enactment of the Stamp Act. The original site of the Liberty Tree is at the corner of Washington and Essex Streets, and during these tumultuous times, 250 years ago, this location bristled as ordinary people called for political change and debated what form the change should take. Revolution 250, a group of historical organizations in Boston, has worked with Medicine Wheel Productions to create 108 copper lanterns modeled on the historic ones that were hung on the Liberty Tree in 1765. Five community groups have decorated the lanterns and, on the evening of August 14, will carry them in an illuminated procession to hang them at the location of the Liberty Tree. Citizens from Boston and beyond are invited to come experience the Liberty Tree and commemorate an event which many consider the first step towards the American Revolution. Follow Revolution 250 on Facebook @ Revolution250 and on Twitter @REV250BOS.
This project is being made possible with support from the Boston National Historical Park, Eastern National, and is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.
Procession and light installation to commemorate the 250 anniversary of the Stamp Act protests.
This summer Boston embarks on a decade-long series of 250th anniversary events celebrating the city’s seminal role in the fight for American Independence. A collaborative forum called Revolution 250 – comprised of historians, historic sites, non-profit organizations and cultural tour groups – has come together to conceptualize, develop and promote programming and special events associated with key anniversaries.
To celebrate the 250th anniversary of American Independence, Revolution 250 activities will include a wide array of programs designed to engage and educate people of all ages, Massachusetts residents and visitors alike. Thus far, organizations such as the Boston National Historical Park/National Park Service, Boston Public Library, Massachusetts Historical Society, Old North Church, Old South Meeting House, and the Old State House/Bostonian Society have all hosted seminars or unveiled exhibitions as part of Revolution 250 programming. In addition to ongoing programming, Revolution 250 will build momentum around key anniversaries.
Revolution 250 is proud to announce a grant from the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati. This grant will allow Rev.250 to hire a graduate student intern or part time staff member to help develop a master plan for the organization. The creation of this document will be driven by this individual working with a committee structure set up by Rev 250.
At a meeting held at the Shirley Eustis House in Boston a new memo of understanding was adopted by Revolution 250. This new agreement more formally outlines the governance for the group and establishes the Massachusetts Historical Society as the fiscal sponsor for the group. This understanding will allow Revolution 250 to act as a part of a nonprofit organization, allowing the group to accept donation and grants. At the meeting, Robert Allison was elected Chair, Herb Motely was elected vice chair, Susanne Taylor was elected secretary, and Gavin Kleespies was elected treasurer. The meeting was attended by representatives of many cultural and historic organizations.
August 6, 2017
The Rev. Stephen T. Ayres, Vicar and Executive Director, Old North Church and Foundation offers a Revolution 250 comment and prayer at National Conference of State Legislatures:
On behalf of Paul Revere, Abigail and John Adams, their cousin Sam, John Hancock, and all who helped found our great nation, welcome to Boston. The revolutionary spirit embodied in my church’s “Two if by Sea” lanterns is alive and well in this city. I pray that while you are here you have time to visit historic sites like the Old North Church, where every day we teach American history and the American values that made our nation great and are necessary for our nation’s healthy future.
In nine short years, our nation will be celebrating her 250th birthday. A milestone of that magnitude is worthy of advance planning. I pray that when you return to your respective states, you begin bi-partisan conversations about how we can use that celebration to reaffirm our commitment to common values that make our nation great. Let me offer a bit of pastoral advice: find your common values and solving your policy differences will be much easier.
And now, let us pray:
Almighty God, who has given us this good land for our
heritage: We humbly beseech you that we may always prove
ourselves a people mindful of your favor and glad to do your will.
Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and
pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion;
from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend
our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes
brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue
with the spirit of wisdom the state legislators, who are gathered here today,
that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to your law, we may show
forth your praise among the nations of the earth.
In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness,
and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in you to fail;
all which we ask in your holy Name. Amen.