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Throughout the year, Old North Illuminated hosts authors, professors, and other experts for Speaker Series events. In anticipation of the upcoming 250th anniversary of Old North Church’s famous lantern signal in 2025, this year’s Speaker Series will include talks that focus on revolutions — their origins, their societal transformations, and their complex legacies. We hope you’ll join us.
Our 2024 Speaker Series events are brought to you by Hub Town Tours.

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Writing Revolutions: A Conversation with Historical Fiction Authors

A great work of historical fiction transports audiences back in time in a uniquely human way. At its best, historical fiction makes the struggles of the past feel raw and emotional in the present, sheds light on those left out of the dominant historical narrative, and challenges us to consider multiple perspectives. How do writers of historical fiction accomplish this feat?

Join us on February 28 for a Zoom conversation with playwright Patrick Gabridge and novelist William Martin to discuss writing stories set in revolutionary times in America’s history. Patrick Gabridge has written numerous historical fiction plays, including Revolution’s Edge at the Old North Church. William Martin is a master of historical thrillers and is well known for his best-selling series of books starring the treasure hunter Peter Fallon.

Gabridge and Martin will shed light on their process for researching little-known events and people, portraying history from a variety of viewpoints, the differences between writing plays and novels, and more.

Writing Revolutions: A Conversation with Historical Fiction Authors

Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Live on Zoom
7:00 – 8:30pm
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Gaining Political Power: Lessons Learned from the Women’s Suffrage Movement

Did you know that Massachusetts was at the center of the national struggle for women’s rights? Or that this struggle was intertwined with the abolitionist movement? Join Barbara Berenson, the author of Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement: Revolutionary Reformers, for a history talk about the Bay State’s prominent role in women’s fight for the vote.

Long before the Civil War, Lucy Stone and other local abolitionists were among the first to oppose women’s exclusion from political life. After the war, the Boston-based American Woman Suffrage Association led campaigns across the country. Their work laid the foundation for the next generation of suffragists to triumph over tradition. Berenson will highlight the many ways in which Black activists and working-class organizers fought for suffrage, even as many white leaders ignored their efforts. She will also discuss the battle over historical memory that continues to influence how we remember the women’s suffrage movement.

Gaining Political Power Lessons Learned from the Women's Suffrage Movement

Wednesday, March 20, 2024
Live on Zoom
7:00 – 8:30pm
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