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Thank you, Belmont

On May 6, historian Nathaniel Philbrick held spellbound an audience of more than 200 people at the Beech Street Center as he told a story familiar in its outline, but for many who listened, startlingly new in its detail – … Continue reading

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The Revolution in Boston – as Seen at the MFA

Many of the portraits and paintings that illustrate Bunker Hill come from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, including the portrait Paul Revere© Museum of Fine Arts, Boston shown here. Explore what these masterpieces tell us about … Continue reading

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Phillis Wheatley and Slavery in Boston

At the outbreak of the Revolutionary War, about one-fifth of the families in Boston were slave owners, including some of the most outspoken patriots. This irony was addressed by Phillis Wheatley, a Boston slave and one of the early republic’s … Continue reading

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