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BP-280527-21

Old North Church (Boston, MA 02113-1123)
Nikki Stewart (Project Director: January 2021 to September 2021)
Catherine Matthews (Project Director: September 2021 to present)
Bringing Old North to the 21st Century: Historic Places Planning Grant

A planning grant to reinterpret the colonial Old North Church in Boston and its congregation’s ties to slavery from the American Revolution to the Civil War.

Old North Church & Historic Site requests a Historic Places planning grant in the amount of $75,000 to support 1) a campus-wide interpretive plan that traces the theme of active citizenship from the church’s founding in 1723 to present day, including the seminal story of Paul Revere as well as other examples of civic engagement; 2) a second thematic component of the interpretive plan will include exploration of the paradoxical truth of Old North’s complicated history with slavery; and 3) as part of the plan, the design of an outdoor exhibit that weaves together these themes through a critical examination of Longfellow’s “Paul Revere’s Ride,” a poem and story that is familiar to many of our guests.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Historic Places: Planning

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$75,000 (approved)
$75,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2021 – 8/31/2022