Day 3 promises to be a grueling day indeed! If you like the enduring stories of the American Revolution and you go wild over historic documents, then this just might be the day for you! Learn all you ever wanted to know about the Declaration of Independence, get close to some of American history's coolest documents, and split off with your colleagues who teach the same curriculum for educational programming all at the Massachusetts Historical Society. Then, it's off for a quick visit to the "Cradle of Liberty," followed by 2 site visits that have one thing in common--Paul Revere. It's a long day, made longer by our departure from Boston for a late night arrival in the Big Apple--New York City.

Don't forget, today we will be checking-out of our hotel so make sure to have your bags packed. Grab a complimentary breakfast on your way out of the hotel. We will begin with a hotel departure around 9:15 a.m. and make our way into Boston with a 10:00 a.m. arrival at the Massachusetts Historical Society. Dr. Pauline Maier (MIT-Massachusetts Institute of Technology), along with Peter Drummey (Stephen T. Riley Librarian, MHS), will do a joint presentation, "American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence." Dr. Maier will present while Drummey will supplement the content with historically rich primary sources that are part of the Massachusetts Historical Society's permanent collection. Bring your copy of American Scripture with you for Dr. Maier to sign! Also, if everyone could read at least the Introduction, Chapters 1-2, and Appendix B & C, then it will help for a fruitful discussion of the content that she will be discussing. Check out the following file that Dr. Maier has sent me which briefly outlines her presentation--.
Also, see the following Review of American Scripture by a TAH participating teacher in Massachusetts.
Following Dr. Maier's presentation, we will enjoy some lunch and time to tour the Society's exciting temporary exhibits which include: "Mr. Madison's War: The Controversial War of 1812" and "The Most Memorable Day in the History of America: July 2, 1776" among other exhibits. If you're interested in the Women's Suffrage Movement, there might be an opportunity to slip into a Brown Bag lecture offered at the MHS that will begin at 12 p.m. The talk, which will be given by Allison Lange, a Ph.D. candidate at Brandeis University, is entitled, "Pictures and Progress: The Politics of Images in the Women's Suffrage Movement."

Following lunch, we will split the group into 2, with 4th & 8th grade teachers heading into a MHS staff-led education program on Revolutionary propaganda while 5th & 11th teachers will participate in a MHS staff-led education program on immigration/restrictions in the late 19th century.

After our visit to the Massachusetts Historical Society is concluded, we will need to make a hasty ride over to the Old North Church, arriving at 2:30 p.m. for a "Behind the Scenes Tour" that has been specially planned for our group. The enduring fame of the Old North began on the evening of April 18, 1775, when the church sexton, Robert Newman, climbed the steeple and held high two lanterns as a signal from Paul Revere that the British were marching to Lexington and Concord by sea and not by land ("One If By Land, Two If By Sea"). We will climb those very steps to the church steeple, which is also the site that a teenage Paul Revere worked as a bell ringer, and we will also descend down into the crypt where more than a thousand bodies are buried.

After our visit to Old North Church, we will race over to the Old State House (site of the Boston Massacre) to experience first-hand some of the coolest stories connected to Revolutionary America. We should arrive at the Old State House at 3:30 p.m. and will receive an introduction to the site and participate in their "Witness to a Massacre" education program. Following this, we will have some time to tour the Old State House's exhibits and Museum Shop. After perusing through the Old State House Museum Shop and Exhibits, we will head out on foot and cross the street to Faneuil Hall Marketplace once again for dinner at 5:15 p.m. It needs to be a quick dinner before departing Boston at 5:45 p.m. for New York City.

In New York City, we will be staying at the Best Western Convention Center Hotel, located on the west side in Manhattan's Midtown district. For those of you interested in sharing the hotel's contact information with family, friends, and anyone else, it's the Best Western Convention Center Hotel, New York City: 522 West 38th Street, New York, NY 10018 (212.405.1700). As you can imagine, with all the circumstances of the drive, I have no way of determining with any certainty as to the time we will arrive in the Big Apple. For a link to the hotel, see Best Western Convention Center Hotel, New York City. While some may be tempted to set out on foot to explore NYC, we will arrive late this evening. I have tried to set tomorrow's schedule so as to maximize time for everyone to enjoy the nightlife on Thursday.

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