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Libations for Preservation

Wednesday, June 15, 6:00 p.m.

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Uncovering Cherubs: New Discoveries at Old North Church
May 11, 2016

Old North Church, 193 Salem Street, Boston, MA 02113 | 6:30pm

The fame of Old North Church is largely based on its connection to the celebrated ride of Paul Revere in the early Revolutionary period, overshadowing its great architectural significance as the first important “Christopher Wren type” church in the English colonies. The church as we see it today is the result of a 1912 restoration that was based on limited information. The Old North Foundation conducted a historic paint analysis this winter to research the rich colonial color schemes previously adorning the church.

Brian Powell and Melissa McGrew from Building Conservation Associates (BCA), a leading historic preservation consultation company, climbed all over the sanctuary on scaffolding taking samples and peeling back centuries of paint in order to uncover striking evidence of its original and Revolutionary period appearances, as well as filling in later pieces of its architectural and decorative history. Brian Powell will present the results of the paint study and help the audience imagine how the church actually looked in the 18th century. Come see the remarkable 1727 painted cherub head that has just been exposed, one of twenty believed to survive! 

Afterwards, please join the Boston Preservation Alliance Young Advisors for a facilitated discussion about the role preservation plays in interpretation at historic sites. Refreshments provided, but advance registration required.

We are grateful that additional funding for this lecture has been provided by the Marr Scaffolding Companies.


SAVED: Old South Meeting House and Historic Preservation in America
May 25, 2016

Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02108 | 6:00 p.m.

Join Erica Lindamood of Old South Meeting House and Alison Frazee of the Boston Preservation Alliance to learn about the Meeting House's important place in the historic preservation movement throughout New England and across the nation.  From America's first stay of demolition, to creative fundraising solutions involving the "Mary Had a Little Lamb" namesake and a fiery speech by Wendell  Phillips,  there's a story for historians and preservation buffs of all stripes. 

Reception with light refreshments at 6:00. Program begins at 6:30. 

This program is made possible with funding from the Lowell Institute.

Free and open to the public, but please RSVP.

Libations for Preservation
June 15, 2016

GrandTen Distilling | 6:00 p.m.

Passionate about preservation? Hooked on history? Join the Young Advisors of the Boston Preservation Alliance as they host the 3rd Annual Libations for Preservation, a cocktail hour of historic proportions!

Bartenders from six Boston neighborhoods will compete to create the ultimate historic-inspired cocktail. Ticket holders will receive six generous drink samples and the right to vote for Boston’s 2016 Historic Cocktail Champion! Come network with other young professionals who share your interests while supporting Boston Preservation Alliance’s educational programming initiatives.

The event will be held at GrandTen Distilling at 383 Dorchester Avenue in South Boston, a fully functioning urban distillery. It’s the perfect backdrop for this crowd – built in the 1950s, this former iron foundry is home to a unique small batch copper still and craft spirit production area housed in one of the area’s first storied manufacturing facilities.

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$35 before May 20th 
$45 after May 20th and at the door!

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Getting there

GrandTen Distilling is accessible from the Broadway or Andrew T stations, with free parking on the street or behind the distillery. See map