- Friday, February 20: Michael Greenburg, author of “The Court-Martial of Paul Revere”
- NOTE: SPECIAL TIME: 3 PM
At the height of the American Revolution in 1779, Massachusetts launched the Penobscot Expedition, a massive military and naval undertaking designed to force the British from the strategically important coast of Maine. What should have been an easy victory for the larger American force quickly descended into a quagmire of arguing, disobedience, and failed strategy. In the end, not only did the British retain their stronghold, but the entire flotilla of American vessels was lost in what became the worst American naval disaster prior to Pearl Harbor. In the inevitable finger-pointing that followed the debacle, the already-famous Lieutenant Colonel Paul Revere, commissioned as the expedition’s artillery commander, was shockingly charged by fellow officers with neglect of duty, disobeying orders, and cowardice. Though he was not formally condemned by the court of inquiry, rumors still swirled around Boston concerning his role in the disaster, and so the fiery Revere spent the next several years of his life actively pursuing a court-martial, in an effort to resuscitate the one thing he valued above all—his reputation.
- Sunday, September 21, 2:30 pm: Re-enactment performance: “The Revere’s Ride Again!”
Character re-enactors Lee K. Riethmiller and Jessa S. Piaia will present a living history portrayal of Paul and Rachel Revere, in the program set in 1805, entitled “Meet Noted Patriots, the Reveres, Paul & Rachel Revere Ride Again!” Paul Revere married Rachel Walker within five months of the passing of his first wife, Sarah, who died following the birth of their sixth child; Rachel took on the care of the children, and with Paul had six more of their own. Clad in period attire, Lee and Jessa portray this early 19th century couple of “forthright hospitality and remarkable good humour,” as they relate episodes of their life both during and after the American Revolution. The program runs about 50 minutes in length, with Q&A discussion to follow, and is appropriate for ages 10 to adult.The dramatization animates the “Spirit of the Day,” as Paul & Rachel recount the exciting tale of life in Boston’s North End when America was still a British Crown Colony. Hear about the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party which he participated in, and the stirring events that led to the famous Midnight Ride in April 1775. Relive the drama of Colonial unrest that culminated in America’s Revolution, and what followed after the framing of our Declaration of Independence from Britain and the United States Constitution, when Paul Revere ventured from being a respected artisan into being a successful industrialist in Canton, Massachusetts, during the early days of the new Republic.