Most Bostonians associate Patriots’ Day with the Boston Marathon, but this holiday commemorates the Battles of Lexington and Concord and the Battle of Menotomy, the first battles of the American Revolutionary War. Even though the Freedom Trail is quiet along with Boston’s closed historical sites, you can still explore Boston’s revolutionary history.
From virtual tours to hands-on-activities, online collections, and more, Boston’s historic sites are committed to assisting people at home by providing free, engaging materials for learners of all ages.
Learn about the Boston Tea Party and the American Revolution without leaving your home! The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum has a whole host of online learning activities like how the Sons of Liberty successfully overcame obstacles to accomplish their goals, and achieve independence.
The King’s Chapel History Program is providing a virtual experience for this year’s popular National Literature & Poetry Month program. Plus, you can learn about the connection between Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women and King’s Chapel, and more new information on the historic site’s blog.
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Check out The Freedom Trail’s This Day in History videos, which provide mini-history lessons for each day of the year by typing in the month and day into the search bar on the Foundation’s YouTube page. Plus, you can download Hear History: Audio Guide of the Freedom Trail, free for a limited time, to enjoy learning about the Freedom Trail official historical sites and more.
The Massachusetts Historical Society is an invaluable resource for American history, life, and culture. You can view its wealth of archives online, including the papers of Thomas Jefferson or learn about John and Abigail Adams.
The Museum of African American History in Boston and Nantucket is the largest institution of its kind in New England. MAAHM is dedicated to sharing the rich legacy of African American accomplishments. Through Google Arts & Culture, you can learn about the abolitionist movement in Boston or take a virtual tour of the Black Heritage Trail.
A favorite stop on the Freedom Trail, the Paul Revere House has a bunch of online resources to learn more about this iconic figure in Revolutionary history, myth, and lore. You can check out the historic house museum’s blog and tune into Revere House Radio.
While the USS Constitution Museum is closed, it’s still working to bring the museum to you! Visit the historic ship’s website to learn about the history of “Old Ironsides.” You can also explore the museum’s online collections, extraordinary voyages, and find activities for kids and families or take a virtual tour via Facebook!
Chad Sirois (He/Him/His) is the Senior Marketing and Engagement Manager at ArtsBoston. He is an art and museum addict and can frequently found taking a selfie in a gallery near you. He volunteers with Boston LGBTQIA Artist Alliance and is an active member of the Boston Gay Kickball League.