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  • 01/14/2021 - Nikki Stewart 0 Comments
    Old North Receives New Capacity Building Grant from National Park Foundation

    Old North Church & Historic Site is one of 36 park partner organizations to receive a Strong Parks, Strong Communities capacity building grant from the National Park Foundation, the official nonprofit partner to the National Park Service. This grant will enable Old North to launch a comprehensive strategic planning process. The full list of grantees can be found on the National Park Foundation’s blog.

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  • 11/18/2020 - Sam Zeiberg 0 Comments
    Festivities and Revolution: Pope's Night in Boston

    Picture a Boston evening in the late fall: children are running up and down the streets in costumes asking for treats; there is cheering and celebration in the air. Is this a typical New England Halloween evening? No, it is Pope’s Night, a holiday celebrated in the British colonies in the 17th and 18th centuries. Originally a somber commemoration designed to reinforce the stability of Protestant values and the British monarchy, Pope’s Night shifted into a raucous celebration when it came to the American colonies, as working class citizens of New England were given a night to revel and make their voices heard.

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    08/10/2020 - By William Stilwell 0 Comments
    The Messenger | Police & Protests: Italian Immigrants and North End Buildings That Remain

    Walking through Boston’s North End, it’s hard to ignore the beautiful brick tenement buildings that line the crowded streets. Built during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, these buildings housed many of Boston’s Jewish, Portuguese, and Italian immigrants.


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    08/06/2020 - By Jodie Smith 0 Comments
    This Old Pew: #16 – Matilda Bibbey, the First Woman of the Vestry

    In the rear of the church, there is a modest plaque honoring Matilda F. Bibbey. It is the only plaque in Old North solely dedicated to a woman.

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  • 08/04/2020 - Old North 0 Comments
    Old North’s Mini Courses: #5 – the North End, a Historic Neighborhood in Context

    Has it been awhile since your high school history classes? Have you been watching too many historically inaccurate movies or TV shows? Or maybe you’re just looking for some old-fashioned intellectual stimulation? Then look no further than Old North’s Mini Courses! Each month we will offer a new mini-course on a variety of topics for all the couch-based learners out there. What’s not required: registration, a specific digital platform, hours of your time, quizzes, or grades. What is required: a love of reading, an interest in or curiosity about historical topics, and an open mind.


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    07/28/2020 - Old North 0 Comments
    Old North Suspends Visitor Operations

    Dear Friends and Partners,

    The Old North Foundation made the proactive decision to suspend on-site programming on March 13 in response to the mounting COVID-19 pandemic.


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  • Atlantic Logwood Trade
    07/28/2020 - Old North 0 Comments
    99% Sure | Ep 7: the Atlantic Logwood Trade (Season Finale)

    Welcome to our Season 1 finale of “99% Sure”, a video series where we take a deeper dive into the legends, people, and events of Old North that sum up the significance of history as it ties to our present moment. Over the last 7 episodes, Old North’s Education Manager and intrepid public historian TJ.


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  • Old North & the Sea
    07/19/2020 - Old North 0 Comments
    Webinar | Old North & the Sea | July 28

    Old North & the Sea: Merchants, Mariners, and Maritime Mania

    As we focus on maritime history for the month of July, join our education manager T.J. Todd for our second webinar program. In almost every way, Boston was a city that relied on the maritime industry.


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  • Maritime History
    07/14/2020 - Old North 0 Comments
    Digital Speaker Series | Maritime History + Active Citizenship: the Plight of the North Atlantic Right Whale | July 21

    New England’s culture and identity is inherently and inextricably tied to the ocean. From the first nations that inhabited the region and gave our state its name to the arrival of the pilgrims at Plymouth on the Mayflower, our dependence on the ocean continues today.


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  • 07/13/2020 - Old North 0 Comments
    Bnn News – Interview With Nikki Stewart, New Executive Director at Old North

    From BNN News:  Nikki Stewart, the new executive director of the Old North Foundation, talks about plans for engaging visitors and local residents with the Old North Historic Site in the Boston’s North End. Interview for BNN News. Aired July 7, 2020.


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  • 07/11/2020 - Old North 0 Comments
    Panel Discussion: Slavery And Its Legacies At Old North | October 16

    Slavery and Its Legacies at Old North: Confronting the Past, Envisioning the Future

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  • 07/10/2020 - Old North 0 Comments
    Official Reopening Announcement

    (Boston, Massachusetts) – The Old North Church and Historic Site will reopen on July 16 after rigorous planning to welcome visitors back to the iconic Freedom Trail site in the safest manner possible.


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    07/10/2020 - Old North 0 Comments
    From the Old North Team | Reopening Statement

    Dear Friends & Neighbors,


    Back in March, the team at Old North Church & Historic Site made the difficult decision to temporarily close its doors to the public as concerns of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic continued to grow in our city and beyond. It was our responsibility as active members of the community to help protect the health and safety of our visitors, supporters, and staff, and to do all that we could to mitigate further spread of the virus during this time. 

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  • 07/09/2020 - Guest Contributor 0 Comments
    The Messenger | Bittersweet Associations: Old North, Cacao Smuggling, and Slave Trading in 18th C. America

    By Jared Ross Hardesty, PhD


    On the night of May 31, 1743, terror struck the Rising Sun. As the ship tracked eastward off the coast of Suriname, three sailors snuck into the ship’s cabin and attacked the people sleeping inside. Blood curdling screams echoed out of the cabin, across the ship, and onto the deck above.


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  • 07/08/2020 0 Comments
    99% Sure | Ep 6: the History of Old North’s Crypt

    Welcome to Episode 6 of “99% Sure”, a video series where we take a deeper dive into the history, people, and events that made Old North the legendary historic site you know and love.


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  • Maritime Mania
    07/07/2020 - Erin Yuskaitis 0 Comments
    Old North’s Mini Courses: #4 – Maritime Mania

    Has it been awhile since your high school history classes? Have you been watching too many historically inaccurate movies or TV shows? Or maybe you’re just looking for some old-fashioned intellectual stimulation? Then look no further than Old North’s Mini Courses


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  • 06/22/2020 0 Comments
    The Messenger | Boston’s Smallpox Epidemic: 18th C. Quarantine and Inoculation

    By Samuel Zeiberg Boston in the early 1720s was a town in the midst of an epidemic. Brought to Boston on a ship from the carribean in early 1721, the disease referred to as Smallpox had swept through the town. By 1722 over half of the city’s populace of 11,000 had fallen ill to Smallpox

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  • 06/19/2020 - Catherine Matthews 0 Comments
    Juneteenth: A Reflection

    On Friday, June 19, we mark 155 years since Union General Gordon Granger announced General Order Number 3 (proclaimed on June 19, 1865), which informed the people of Texas that the institution of slavery had ended and that previously enslaved people were free.  It had taken considerable time for this information to reach Texas (the Emancipation Proclamation was issued in 1863), but when it did, it was a—arguably, the—final step in the abolishment of slavery.  Initially a day celebrated and commemorated by the Black community, in recent decades, Juneteenth has become more and more widely observed.

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  • 06/18/2020 - Old North 0 Comments
    The Old North Foundation Appoints Nikki Stewart as Executive Director

    (Boston, Massachusetts) – The Old North Foundation (ONF) today announced the appointment of Nikki Stewart as the organization’s Executive Director, effective June 29th. An experienced nonprofit executive, Ms. Stewart will oversee the Foundation’s operation and maintenance of The Old North Historic Site along with its fundraising and strategic planning activities.

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  • 05/08/2020 - Old North 0 Comments
    Q&a With Peter Vanderwarker | The Vernacular & The Spectacular

    Q&A with Peter Vanderwarker, on of the featured photographers in “The Vernacular & The Spectacular”, on view now at

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  • 05/05/2020 - Old North 0 Comments
    Thank You For Standing With Us

    As we reflect on the last six weeks and the monumental changes we have seen across our city, country, and the globe, we are continually inspired by the drive and dedication of active citizens like you.  Not long ago we reached out to ask for your help in facing this challenging time and we are humbled by your generosity and swift response to our appeal. Together you have contributed over $40,000 to help us sustain our site during this time of public closure and continue to provide engaging educational programming to the nearly than 80,000 online visitors we’ve seen since March 14. Today we want to publicly acknowledge the individuals and organizations that have stood with us at this historic moment.

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  • 04/07/2020 - Old North 0 Comments
    Q&a With Matthew Dickey | The Vernacular & The Spectacular

    Q&A with Matthew Dickey, on of the featured photographers in “The Vernacular & The Spectacular”, on view now at

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  • 04/02/2020 - Erin Yuskaitis 0 Comments
    10 On 10: Women In The Workforce | Articles & Resources

    10 on 10: Women in the Workforce was truly a celebration of remarkable women past and present. We heard about 10 visionary women from Massachusetts history from 10 powerhouse women currently working in Boston’s cultural sector. Don’t let the energy and inspiration from Tuesday’s program wear off — extend your learning!

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  • 04/01/2020 - Old North 0 Comments
    Be A Lantern Holder | #findyourlantern At-home Activity

    Be a Lantern Holder with the Old North Church & Historic Site


    The story of Paul Revere’s ride is a story of many people coming together and doing their part to help a cause. On April 18, 1775 Robert Newman and John Pulling Jr. took two lanterns up the very tall steeple of the Old North Church to alert the rest of Massachusetts to be on alert: the British army was on the march. The next day, due to their early warning the colonists had enough time to gather and, if needed, defend themselves. The fighting that broke out that morning led to the Revolutionary War.

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  • 03/26/2020 - Old North 0 Comments
    At-Home Resources for Parents & Teachers

    Whether you’re a teacher looking for lesson plans and activities to continue educating your students virtually, or a parent in search of resources to engage your kids during their time away from school, Old North is here to help!


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  • 03/26/2020 - Old North 0 Comments
    Support Old North

    For nearly 250 years, Old North has stood as a beacon of bravery, determination, and hope in the face of challenging times. Because of COVID-19, the gates to our iconic site have been closed to visitors since March 14 and will remain closed for the foreseeable future. As a result, we face a critical funding shortfall that challenges our ability to continue the programming, visitor experience, and preservation that this national historic site deserves.

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  • 03/13/2020 - Old North 0 Comments
    Covid-19 Closure Announcement

    Below please read a letter from our Interim Executive Directors regarding the closure of Old North Church & Historic Site in response to COVID-19.


    Dear friends, 


    In light of the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, and with the safety of our visitors, supporters, and staff of primary concern, we announce that Old North Church & Historic Site will be closed to visitors beginning at 4 pm today, Friday, March 13, 2020, until further notice.

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  • 02/13/2020 - Old North 0 Comments
    Featured Video | Old North Gallery Tour On Nbc10

    ​Special thanks to Erin Wederbrook Yuskaitis, Co-Director of Education, TJ Todd, Education Manager, and Latoyia Edwards of NBC Boston. 


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  • 02/11/2020 - Old North 0 Comments
    Q&a With Christian Di Spigna | Founding Martyr

    Q&A with Christian Di Spigna, author of Founding Martyr: The Life and Death of Dr. Joseph Warren, The American Revolution’s Lost Hero

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  • 02/03/2020 - Old North 0 Comments
    Old North Church & Historic Site Seeks New Executive Director

    The Old North Foundation (ONF) seeks a dynamic, visionary, and innovative leader to serve as its next Executive Director. Located in Boston’s historic North End, Old North’s mission is to promote the visibility and preservation of the Old North Church’s historical role in the birth of our nation. ONF is a secular non-profit organization that promotes the values of freedom, liberty and civic engagement through the interpretation and preservation of Old North Church and Historic Site, an enduring symbol of American independence.

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  • 01/31/2020 - Old North 0 Comments
    Feature: Old North On Place Based Boston

    This month we were grateful to Place Based Boston for asking us to share a reflection on how Jared Hardesty’s recent research findings about a colonial-era smuggling ring, the slave trade, and Old North has impacted our site, how we talk about our history, and how we interact with visitors and the public. Below see an excerpt of this post, written by our Co-Directors of Education, Erin Wederbrook Yuskaitis and Catherine Matthews. Read the full text and learn more about Place Based Boston, a collective of significant historic and cultural sites in Boston that believes that connecting with place provides an integral way to understand history and its current relevance, here. 

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    01/23/2020 - By Catherine Matthews 0 Comments
    This Old Pew: #13 – Captain Newark Jackson: Mariner, Chocolatier, Merchant, Slave Trader

    By Catherine Matthews


    The number of mariners among the early pew owners of Old North provides an indication of the importance of sea trade as well as its potential for generating wealth in pre-Revolutionary Boston. One such man was Captain Newark Jackson, who owned Pew 13 from 1738 until 1743. 

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  • 12/04/2019 - By Em Benoit 0 Comments
    Old North Gift Shop 2019 Holiday Gift Guide

    With the holiday season now in full swing, you may be struggling to find the perfect gift for someone special in your life. For Boston natives, Boston lovers, history nerds, and everyone in between, the Old North Gift Shop has a wide selection of gifts for everyone on your list.


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  • 11/26/2019 - By Em Benoit 0 Comments
    The Bells at Old North

    Any North End local has become familiar with the tolls of Old North Church’s bells, but few are aware of their history, or the skill and technique that comes with making them sound. The ringing of our bells maintains a legacy that began over 200 years ago, and remains one of the most treasured pieces of our story. Learn more below!


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  • 10/10/2019 - Old North 0 Comments
    Sharing Our American Story: Supporting Ma Bill S.1813

    Last week the Massachusetts Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight heard testimony in support of MA Bill S. 1813: An Act establishing a commission on the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution.

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  • Recap: Rally Point Exhibit
    09/19/2019 - Erin Yuskaitis 0 Comments
    Recap: Rally Point Exhibit

    Old North’s second exhibit on site, Rally Point: Bravery + Action, featured contemporary photographs exploring the concepts of bravery, teamwork, and duty. We showcased seven artists who submitted work in response to a national call for art. Five of the artists live within the Boston metro area (two within the North End itself!), and the remaining two live in California and North Carolina. The work included in this exhibition varied from an image of two people helping an Army runner cross the finish line of the Boston marathon to cadets walking into a building at Annapolis to protestors at a gun control rally. Through their imagery, the photographers commented on immigration, patriotism, military life, the power of community movements, and individual courage. 


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  • 09/11/2019 - Old North 0 Comments
    How We Live: Community Through Housing | Full Panel Video

    On August 21st, we hosted a panel discussion in partnership with Historic Boston Incorporated on Boston housing. With panelists from a variety of backgrounds, How We Live took a deeper dive into the impact housing has on our communities and vice versa, and explored creative housing approaches that help in fostering connection and vibrancy between city cohabitants. Watch the full panel and discussion below: 

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  • 08/23/2019 - by Em Benoit 0 Comments
    Hidden Gems of the North End

    There’s no argument that around every corner of the North End in Boston, there is history, culture—and of course—amazing cuisine. With the Freedom Trail weaving through the narrow streets, pastry shops dealing out cannoli after cannoli, and waterfront views that can’t be beat, it’s no wonder that hundreds of thousands of people visit our small neighborhood every year (Old North alone has had over 160k visitors since June 2018). But what’s found off the beaten path may be just as intriguing as the iconic landmarks we’ve come to know and love. Here’s our list of the Top 5 Hidden Gems of the North End.


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  • Recap: Piece-Ful Voices Exhibit
    07/18/2019 - Erin Yuskaitis 0 Comments
    Recap: Piece-Ful Voices Exhibit

    Old North’s first exhibit on site, Piece-ful Voices, opened on March 1 just in time for Women’s History Month. In partnership with the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, we displayed six quilts in Patriots Corner, our new rotating gallery space across from Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate in the Clough House. As a result of an overwhelmingly enthusiastic visitor response, we decided to extend the exhibit through the month of April as well. What started as a small idea blossomed into a meaningful and successful community partnership.


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  • 06/07/2019 - Old North 0 Comments
    Fourth Of July And Harborfest @ Old North

    Boston Harborfest is a nearly forty-year-old tradition celebrating Boston’s maritime and revolutionary history. Each year, beginning on July first, organizations from across Boston come together to offer hundreds of activities celebrating Independence Day weekend at Boston’s best landmarks. This family-friendly event is one of the country’s largest Fourth of July festivals. Activities include the annual opening ceremony at Faneuil Hall, historical reenactments, Freedom Trail walks, boat tours, live entertainment, and much more!

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  • 06/07/2019 - Old North 0 Comments
    Specialty Walking Tours | Adventures At Sea: Bostonians In The Age Of Sail

    For Boston’s first two hundred years, “a flown sheate, a faire winde, and a boune voyage” were wishes at the heart of the city’s life and economy. Travel under sail was commonplace and central to the culture, across classes. Join us for ten memorable stories spanning that era, drawn from first-person accounts by Bostonians capturing the experience in letters, diaries, and memoirs. Pirates, storms, sea battles, wanderlust, exotic lands, romance, and Revolutionary politics all come alive. More than good stories, though, these accounts walk through the dramatic development of the Town Cove and Boston’s changing relationship with sea travel. In a broad stroke, they illustrate the influence of our port on the growth of the nation. Explore Boston like never before in this supremely researched, imaginative tour.

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  • 05/09/2019 - Old North 0 Comments
    Songs Of Liberty Performance | May 29

    “There is probably no time in our country’s existence, other than potentially its founding and its preservation during the Civil War, where our recognition and appreciation of the liberties that make our country both special and unique is so crucial to the preservation of these liberties. In a period of history where these very liberties that make us free are under attack from so many foes, both foreign and domestic, we must be willing to express why these liberties are both essential and non-negotiable.” – Michael Seil, Director, Legacy High School Choir

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  • 05/08/2019 - Old North 0 Comments
    Reciprocity Collaborative | Public Open Investigation | May 21

    Over the past 5 months Old North has been honored to embark on a new and innovative partnership between the historic site and Reciprocity Collaborative.

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  • 05/07/2019 - Old North 0 Comments
    Support Old North Church & Historic Site During Preservation Month!

    Did you know that May is National Preservation Month? Established in 1973 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Preservation Month supports the value of historic places for the purpose of instilling national and community pride, promotes heritage tourism, and examines the social and economic benefits of historic preservation. Thousands of people participate annually in Preservation Month celebrations.

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  • 05/07/2019 - Erin Yuskaitis 0 Comments
    Selected Photographers For Rally Point Exhibit Announced

    Old North Church & Historic Site is delighted to announce the photographers selected for inclusion in its first-ever photography exhibit on site. Rally Point: Bravery + Action, presented in partnership with the Photographic Resource Center, will explore how teamwork, collective action, and fellowship can promote active citizenship through imagery. Rally Point will be on display in Patriots Corner from May 17 – July 15, 2019 with an opening reception on Thursday, May 23 at 6:00 pm. Please join us for the reception and be sure to see this poignant and powerful exhibit during your next visit to Old North! 

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  • 04/14/2019 - Old North 0 Comments
    Announcing The Retirement Of The Rev. Stephen T. Ayres

    With much affection and gratitude for his service, Old North Church & Historic Site shares the news that The Rev. Stephen Ayres will retire as Vicar and Executive Director at the end of 2019.

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  • 02/06/2019 - Old North 0 Comments
    February School Vacation Week – 2019

    The Old North Church & Historic Site invites you and your family to spend time with us during February School Vacation Week!

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    03/15/2018 - Erin Yuskaitis 0 Comments
    Old North Announces its 2018 Public Programs

    Old North is proud to present our 2018 line-up of public programming, events, and lectures. In recognition of 2018 being the 250th anniversary of the landing of British troops in Boston, this year’s programming focuses on the concept of occupation. Occupation is a word that heavily relies on its context. We break it down into three definitions – occupying space, occupying a job, and occupying a foreign land – and invite you to participate in our ongoing investigation. Old North itself occupies a crossroads of many topics and issues, historic and contemporary! 


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  • 03/09/2018 - Leslie Lawler 0 Comments
    Patriots Corner Opening In Clough House May 2018

    New programming will be coming to Old North’s historic Clough House this spring!

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  • 03/03/2018 - Old North 0 Comments
    Old North Church & Historic Site Admissions Policy Update



    At Old North Church & Historic Site, our priority always has been and always will be to preserve this historic American landmark, share America’s history with the public and make sure our visitors have the best experience possible. To continue this mission, it has become necessary to move to an admission fee, effective May 1, 2018. We are announcing this admission policy change today, March 2, to allow for the continued preservation and maintenance of this historic American landmark, enhance the visitor experience and ensure the site will continue to be shared with future generations around the world. As of June 4, 2018, admission will be as follows: Adults $8, Students/Seniors/Military $6, Children $4. Boston residents, EBT cardholders, children under 5 years old, and Old North Church congregation and Historic Site members are free, as always. Sunday worship will continue to be free and open to all.

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  • 12/07/2017 - Guest Contributor 0 Comments
    Old North’s Sexton: Then & Now

    By Chloe Lin


    Late in the evening of April 18th, 1775, two lights briefly appeared from the steeple of the Old North Church. Across the Charles River, about thirty riders mounted horses and disappeared into the countryside, warning minutemen throughout Massachusetts of marching British soldiers heading towards Lexington and Concord. The following battle marked the start of the American Revolutionary War, and the rest, of course, is history.  One of the men who hung those lanterns was Robert Newman, a young man from the neighborhood who was employed as the sexton of the Old North Church. As the church’s sexton, Newman was responsible for maintaining the church and its grounds, and was thus one of the few men in possession of keys to the building. Newman’s familiarity with the church aided him and John Pulling Jr. in quickly and quietly ascending and descending the steeple to discreetly display their signal lanterns. Newman played a vital role that night in 1775, but you’d be very much mistaken if you think his legacy is all part of Old North’s storied past.

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  • 11/16/2017 - Leslie Lawler 0 Comments
    Old North Church & Historic Site Receives Mars Grant

    Pictured above: Old North Foundation staff Catherine Matthews, Linda Greene, Steve Ayres and Pam Bennett

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  • 10/26/2017 - Guest Contributor 0 Comments
    My Favorite Boston Landmark: Museum Of Fine Arts

    This article is the second in a three part series celebrating Boston’s landmarks as part of our fall “Boston as landscape” programming theme. Hear from several of our educators who love our incredible city and all it has to offer.

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  • 10/26/2017 - Guest Contributor 0 Comments
    My Favorite Boston Landmark: Fenway Park

    This article is the final in a three part series celebrating Boston’s landmarks as part of our fall “Boston as landscape” programming theme. Hear from several of our educators who love our incredible city and all it has to offer.

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  • 10/19/2017 - Guest Contributor 0 Comments
    My Favorite Boston Landmark: Boston Public Library

    This article marks the first of a three part series celebrating Boston’s landmarks as part of our fall “Boston as landscape” programming theme. Hear from several of our educators who love our incredible city and all it has to offer.

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  • 06/06/2017 - Guest Contributor 0 Comments
    #dignorth – The Bifurcated Cistern In Washington Garden

    By Chloe Lin, Old North Foundation Educator


    For the second summer in a row, archaeologists armed with trowels and screens have descended upon the Washington Garden in search of clues of what life was like for the inhabitants of 2 and 3 Unity Court, tenement buildings that were only one of many that made up the North End in the nineteenth century. Last summer, city archaeologist Joe Bagley and his crew uncovered the privy system used by the inhabitants of those tenement buildings, while this summer they have turned their attention to the cistern in the backyard.

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  • 04/03/2017 - Erin Yuskaitis 0 Comments
    New Lead Educator Named

    We are pleased to announce the promotion of Will Stilwell to Lead Educator.

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  • 02/06/2017 - Renee Barouxis 0 Comments
    Old North To Light Two Lanterns For Patriots Victory Parade


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  • 12/22/2016 - Renee Barouxis 0 Comments
    Do You Know About Our Crypt?

    NARCITY named the crypt at Old North Church & Historic Site to its list of 11 Secret Places in Boston You Never Knew Existed. We couldn’t agree more with author Ashley Rego when she says, “Sometimes it’s nice to enjoy things that are bit more off the beaten track. Areas that aren’t constantly flooded with humans, selfie sticks and camera flashes. Spots that most don’t even know exist.”

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  • 12/21/2016 - Erin Yuskaitis 0 Comments
    8-Year-Old takes on Old North's Lantern Holder Mystery in Class Project

    Before Thanksgiving, we received a letter from 8-year-old Hannah in St. Augustine, FL lamenting the fact that we did not do justice to John Pulling Jr.’s role in the events of April 18, 1775. “What a precocious and well-researched child,” we thought.


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  • 11/15/2016 - Guest Contributor 0 Comments
    Sound Off – October 2016 Responses

    By Bernard Trubowitz, Lead Educator

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  • 11/03/2016 - Renee Barouxis 0 Comments
    Halloweekend 2016 – Thanks For Coming!

    Thank you to everyone who attended our Boos & Brews crypt & burying ground tour event on Thursday, October 27th and to everyone who made it out out to our Family Fall Festival on Saturday, October 29th! Here are a few of our favorite shots from our Halloween festivities. Just wait till you see what we have in store for next Halloween!

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  • 10/28/2016 - Erin Yuskaitis 0 Comments
    Farewell To Lead Educator Bernard Trubowitz

    It is with mixed emotions that I announce the departure of our Lead Educator Bernard Trubowitz. He’s accepted an incredible full time position with the USS Constitution Museum. After having worked for the National Park Service and numerous museums and organizations, Bernard absolutely deserves this opportunity and is more than qualified.

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  • 10/24/2016 - Tim Sistare 0 Comments
    Call From The Crypt

    Unbeknownst to many, the Old North Church houses in its basement a crypt containing approximately 1,100 burials. From 1732 to 1860 the church interred congregants below its very floor boards as a way to meet the burial demands of the congregation while also taking advantage of all available space that the church possessed. In the basement, thirty-seven separate brick vaults comprise the tombs in each of which twenty to forty full coffins could be deposited. Although the Church retained ownership of many of the tombs to accommodate individual burials, some entire tombs were privately purchased, but regardless of ownership many were reused!

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  • 10/11/2016 - Guest Contributor 0 Comments
    Sound Off – September 2016 Responses

    By Bernard Trubowitz, Lead Educator

    In a site as old and interesting as the Old North, it can be hard to see everything and learn about everything in just one visit. That’s why we asked you to tell us your favorite object(s) in the church on this past month’s Sounding Board. The results are in!

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  • 10/07/2016 - Guest Contributor 0 Comments
    On This Day In Old North’s History: October 7

    By Bernard Trubowitz

    It isn’t often that we can know exactly what someone was thinking on a specific date back in 1775, but today is one of those rare days. It was exactly 241 years ago today that former Old North Reverend Dr. Mather Byles put quill to paper and noted his frustration with the church’s parishioners.

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  • 09/01/2016 - Guest Contributor 0 Comments
    Sound Off – August 2016 Responses

    By Bernard Trubowitz

    “Sound off!”

    In 293 years of history, countless people have walked the aisles of the Old North Church, and it can be a daunting task to pick even a few of their stories. So for this past month, we’ve asked you to tell us some of your favorite figures from our history and why. While the overwhelming number of responses referenced Paul Revere, there were many other people whom you chose instead!

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  • 09/01/2016 - Renee Barouxis 0 Comments
    Craig Brooks – July Employee Of The Month

    We are pleased to announce Craig Brooks as July’s Gift Shop employee of the month.

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  • 08/31/2016 - Guest Contributor 0 Comments
    Door Hinges & A Blacksmith On Speed Dial

    By Kerry McDonough

    Replacing hinges on six pew doors is a much bigger feat than it sounds!

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  • 08/29/2016 - Guest Contributor 0 Comments
    #dignorth – The First Few Weeks: It’s Not A Cistern?

    Phase two of the Washington Memorial Garden Archaeological Dig is well under way under the auspice of City Archaeologist Joseph Bagley. Joe and his crew have been hard at work excavating what was originally thought to be a “cistern” but now the feature’s identity is less certain. Instead the archaeologists have unearthed more questions and possibilities about the life of late 19th century North Enders.

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  • 08/03/2016 - Guest Contributor 0 Comments
    Sound Off – July 2016 Responses

    By Bernard Trubowitz

    Sound off!

    Last month, with the passing of the 4th of July and the nation’s birthday, we asked you why you think this church has inspired Americans for so many generations.

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  • 07/21/2016 - Erin Yuskaitis 0 Comments
    Will Stilwell – June Educator Of The Month

    This seasonal award is presented to an Old North educator who exemplifies the highest museum education standards and sets the bar in the following criteria :

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  • 07/20/2016 - Renee Barouxis 0 Comments
    #Colonialfest 2016

    On Saturday, July 2, 2016 Old North hosted its first annual #Colonialfest! A part of Boston Harborfest, this free and open to the public event feautured lots of colonial activities

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  • 07/05/2016 - Erin Yuskaitis 0 Comments
    Sound Off – June 2016 Responses

    Last month we asked you to find the Sounding Board in the church and answer the question “What would you bring to church to decorate your pew?” We had so many responses that we had to select a sampling of answers, some serious and some … not so serious. So, this first Sound Off for June’s Sounding Board features both thoughtful and hilarious responses!

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  • 06/20/2016 - Renee Barouxis 0 Comments
    Excavating The Past

    In preparation for the upcoming Washington Memorial Garden renovation project, city archaeologists are conducting a survey in areas that will be disturbed by new landscaping work. The North End of Boston is a heavily built-up area, and opportunities to explore the city’s past are rare, so this is an exciting opportunity to peer into the neighborhood’s past!

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  • 06/20/2016 - Renee Barouxis 0 Comments
    Tim Wenrich Accepts Good Neighbor Award

    Tim Wenrich, Sexton of the Old North Church, was recently presented with the Good Neighbor Recognition Award on behalf of the North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA). Recognition Committee Chair Janet Gilardi presented him with the award. The monthly award is voted by NEWRA’s Executive Committee and given to local businesses, organizations and property owners that contribute to making our neighborhood beautiful and consistently keep the areas around their property clean of trash. Other recent recipients include North Bennett Street School, Paul Revere Memorial Association, and the Battery Wharf Hotel.

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  • 06/14/2016 - Guest Contributor 0 Comments
    Last Season’s Sounding Board Responses: Loyalist Or Patriot?

    With the return of the Sounding Board this season, we took a look back at some of our favorite responses to the last question we posed: what are some factors that would make you a loyalist or a patriot?

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  • 06/06/2016 - Renee Barouxis 0 Comments
    Common Boston Recap

    This past weekend, on Saturday, June 4, Lead Educator Bernard Trubowitz led an Experience Art & Architecture Tour for fifteen enthusiasts! This tour was free and open to public as a part of the Common Boston Fesitival.

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  • 05/23/2016 - Renee Barouxis 0 Comments
    $30,000 Award Will Support Garden Project At Old North

    The Garden Club of America Announces 2016 Founders Fund Winner
    $30,000 Award will support Beacon Hill Garden Club’s project at the Old North Church

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  • 05/18/2016 - By Kerry McDonough 0 Comments
    Change Ringing Bells: What, How and Why

    As a newbie here at Old North, I saw the church bells before I understood them. They are beautiful and impressive—and between two fairly precarious flights of “stairs” that we can’t let visitors climb (that should give you a sense of what I mean by precarious. And “stairs.”) It wasn’t a good time to wonder how they work, what they sound like, or what their backstory is.


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  • 04/15/2016 - Erin Yuskaitis 0 Comments
    Staff Announcements

    We are pleased to announce two staff changes: educators Bernard Trubowitz and Tim Sistare have been promoted.

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  • 04/08/2016 - Renee Barouxis 0 Comments
    Partnership With Lucca

    Patrons at Lucca’s North End and Lucca’s Back Bay can donate 10% of their tab to one of three North End charities, announced Sean Williams, owner and manager of Lucca’s Restaurants. Diners can request that 10% of their bill be donated to the Eliot School, St. John’s Elementary School or the Old North Foundation.

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  • 04/08/2016 - Renee Barouxis 0 Comments
    Rip, Prince

    Prince was a cat beloved by many– his caretaker, John, Prince Postale friends, North End neighbors, staff members at Old North Church, and thousands of Freedom Trail visitors. His passing was recognized all over the world, through tributes on social media, the, and even Buzzfeed. Those who loved Prince gathered together on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 to celebrate his six years here.

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  • 04/08/2016 - Erin Yuskaitis 0 Comments
    Well Wishes To Faye Charpentier

    We are saddened to announce the departure of Faye Charpentier, our Lead Educator, but we are excited to report that she has accepted an incredible position as Visitor Program Director at King’s Chapel, a stellar move for her career.

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  • 02/12/2016 - Guest Contributor 0 Comments
    110 Year Old Photo Reveals A Very Different Old North

    By Faye Charpentier

    Have you ever had the chance to examine your familiar surroundings in a new light? Several Old North educators recently had this opportunity.

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  • 10/23/2015 - Erin Yuskaitis 0 Comments
    Old North Foundation Employee Of The Season: Faye Charpentier

    Introducing The Old North Employee of the Season: Faye Charpentier!

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  • 09/08/2015 - Erin Yuskaitis 0 Comments
    Eleanor Mees – August Employee Of The Month

    We are very excited to name Eleanor Mees, from Old North’s retail staff, as the August 2015 Employee of the Month! Eleanor has been working in different roles at Old North for three years, working in the Clough House at Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop, as well as working in the Old North Gift Shop. Here is what some of her co-workers and managers have had to say about this Old North All-Star

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  • 08/31/2015 - Guest Contributor 0 Comments
    A Tale Of Three Steeples

    On this day in 1954, the steeple of the Old North Church blew down—for the SECOND time! In 1954, the culprit was Hurricane Carol.

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  • 08/19/2015 - Guest Contributor 0 Comments
    Chief Petty Officers Visit Old North And Samuel Nicholson

    Each year a specially selected group of newly commissioned Chief Petty Officers (CPOs) participate in Heritage Week at Charlestown Navy Yard. During this weeklong training cycle the USS Consittution’s crew teach the CPOs time-honored maritime traditions such as 19th century boarding pike drills, War of 1812-era gun drills using a 24-pound naval long gun, and line and sail handling. Much of this training takes place on board the USS Constitution. Because she is in drydock this year, the group of CPOs is smaller and even more selective than in previous years—just 60 CPOs. But the drydock setting has an up-sde; this years CPOs will be able to tak​​e an up close look at ship construction.  

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  • 08/06/2015 - Erin Yuskaitis 0 Comments
    Louis Rocco—july Employee Of The Month

    This seasonal award is presented to an hourly Old North Foundation employee who exemplifies the highest staff standards and sets the bar in the following criteria

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  • 07/19/2015 - Erin Yuskaitis 0 Comments
    High School Leadership Development Interns

    This summer the church has high school Leadership Development interns! They started on July 6, and will be here for six weeks in total. During that time they will be busy learning about Boston history and material culture, gaining life and works skills, and exploring spirituality. The outreach program, which is being coordinated by BU Theology graduate student John Parker, also includes visits Boston area museums and job shadowing with Old North staff.

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  • 07/08/2015 - Erin Yuskaitis 0 Comments
    Cortnee Bollard – June Employee Of The Month

    This seasonal award is presented to an hourly Old North Foundation employee who exemplifies the highest staff standards and sets the bar in the following criteria

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  • 07/02/2015 - Guest Contributor 0 Comments
    Independence Day: Should We Be Celebrating The “second Of July?”

    Writing to his wife Abigail in 1776, John Adams was convinced that Independence would—and should—be celebrated with a great anniversary festival, with “pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward, forevermore.”

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  • 04/01/2015 - Erin Yuskaitis 0 Comments
    Michael Greenburg Lecture [video]

    Did you miss Michael Greenburg’s lecture Paul Revere: Beyond the Midnight Ride on Wednesday, March 25? 

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  • 11/03/2014 - Erin Yuskaitis 0 Comments
    Linda Greene – October Educator Of The Month

    This award is presented to an Old North Foundation educator who exemplifies the highest standards of our education team, based on several factors including interactions with our visitors, ability to handle daily duties AND unexpected situations, teamwork, reliability and dedication, and presentation skills.

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  • 10/16/2014 - Guest Contributor 0 Comments
    Serving As Collections Intern At Old North

    After almost 300 years of existence, an institution is bound to accumulate an interesting collection of objects. 

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  • 10/02/2014 - Erin Yuskaitis 0 Comments
    Faye Charpentier – September Educator Of The Month

    This award is presented to an Old North Foundation educator who exemplifies the highest standards of our education team, based on several factors including interactions with our visitors, ability to handle daily duties AND unexpected situations, teamwork, reliability and dedication, and presentation skills.

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  • 09/05/2014 - Erin Yuskaitis 0 Comments
    History Meets Science In Unique Project At Oregon High School

    Teaching is a challenge under the best of circumstances. Teaching summer school at a Juvenile Detention Facility, the challenge gets kicked up a notch (or two)!

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  • 08/29/2014 - Erin Yuskaitis 0 Comments
    Alex Derham – August Educator Of The Month

    This new award is presented to an Old North Foundation educator who exemplifies the highest standards of our education team, based on several factors including interactions with our visitors, ability to handle daily duties AND unexpected situations, teamwork, reliability and dedication, and presentation skills.

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  • 07/31/2014 - Erin Yuskaitis 0 Comments
    Molly Bloom – July Educator Of The Month

    This new award is presented to an Old North Foundation educator who exemplifies the highest standards of our education team, based on several factors including interactions with our visitors, ability to handle daily duties AND unexpected situations, teamwork, reliability and dedication, and presentation skills.

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  • 04/24/2014 - Rose Limanni 0 Comments
    Check Out Our Press Coverage From The Lantern Ceremony!

    We are delighted that we received press coverage from CBS Boston and for our 239th Annual Lantern Ceremony!

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  • 12/10/2013 - Guest Contributor 0 Comments
    Education Intern Develops New Program Geared Toward Teens

    Many museum educators have been re-evaluating their approach to teens since the publication of 15-year-old Howard Hwang’s blog post “Why Museums Suck.”

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  • 11/25/2013 - Priscilla Burns 0 Comments
    Volunteers Shine Fixtures Of Old North Church

    The Boston Globe recently featured the Old North Church covering its annual brass polishing party held November 23rd. Read the full article here:

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  • 11/20/2013 - Rose Limanni 0 Comments
    Old North Foundation Awarded $10k In Chocolate History Research

    Mars Honors Advancements in Chocolate History Research and Scholarship at the Annual Colonial Chocolate Society Meeting

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  • 10/01/2013 - Stephen Ayres 0 Comments
    Old North Church Will Remain Open During The Federal Government Shut Down

    Like many of the other privately owned Freedom Trail attractions, The Old North Church will remain open during this time of Government shut down. Our thoughts are with the employees of the Government, and we hope there is a quick resolution.

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  • 07/30/2013 - Erin Yuskaitis 0 Comments
    Special Performance By The Choir Of St. Mary’s Parish!

    Special performance by the choir of St. Mary’s Parish from Maldon, England: Wednesday, July 31 at 6 p.m.

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