Boston Reconsidered Blog

Through staff-written articles about the hidden gems of our collection and lesser-known stories of the city’s history, the Boston Reconsidered Blog invites readers to explore the extensive, complicated, and diverse history of Boston. Our blog posts bring our 18th century sites to researchers, students, and everyday historians in an accessible 21st century format.

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Transforming Representatives Hall

At the end of 2019, we geared up to change exhibits in Representatives Hall in the Old State House. Here is an inside look at the repair work our Preservation team made.
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On behalf of Revolutionary Spaces, we hereby express our organization’s undivided support for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe in their struggle to preserve in federal trust the ancestral lands of the Mashpee people.
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Get to Know Our Preservation Team

In honor of May being Preservation Month, get to know Revolutionary Spaces Preservation team and their roles.
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Poetry in the Time of Corona

Recently, a small group of us gathered to hear Charles Coe perform poetry, exploring memory, life, and loss. Watch as Charles reads two of his original poems, “Love in the Time of Corona” and “Something in the Wind.” LOVE IN THE TIME OF CORONA  (with apologies to Gabriel García Márquez) by Charles Coe In ancient […]
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The roofline of the Old State House.

How the 18th Century (Actually) Responded to Illness

This post is written in response to “How the 18th Century Responded to Illness Before Netflix and Zoom,” published on April 6, 2020. Last week, we published a blog post describing how six prominent 18th-century Bostonians lived and dealt with illness in their lives. This piece drew on previous research for the “character cards” we […]
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Resilience at Old South Meeting House

Every day that we adapt our lives to stay inside and protect each other or go back on the front lines as an essential worker in this epidemic, we show our capacity for resilience. While this current moment feels unprecedented, Bostonians have been through crises before, building resilience along the way, together.  Like all of […]
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