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    A Friend of Paul Revere: The Mystery of Who Hung the Lanterns in Old North Steeple

    Presented by at Old South Meeting House

    September 22, 2010


    A Friend of Paul Revere: The Mystery of Who Hung the Lanterns in Old North Steeple

    On April 18, 1875, in front of a packed house at Boston’s Old North Church, Samuel Haskell Newman presented his family’s account of the night of April 18, 1775. Specifically, he identified his father, Robert Newman, as the man who hung the lanterns in Old North steeple on that historic night. One year later, in July, 1876, Reverend John Lee Watson of Orange, New Jersey, argued in a letter to the Boston Daily Advertiser that it was his relative, Captain John Pulling, not Robert Newman, who hung the signal lanterns. Old North Foundation historian and educator Bob Damon will evaluate these competing narratives and explore the important role that family histories play in our understanding of the history of the Old North Church and the beginnings of the American Revolution.

    Old South Meeting House

    310 Washington Street
    Boston, MA 02108

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    6:30 PM

    Phone: 617-523-2338

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    Sign language interpretation is available upon request with advance notice. Please contact the Paul Revere House at 617-523-2338.

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