What was happening in Boston and its environs 250 years ago? Find out on Tuesday, October 3, when the Malden Historical Society will present a talk by Dr. Robert Allison, “The Fateful Year 1773: The Boston Tea Party and Beyond,” at 7:00 p.m. in the Maccario Room of the Malden Public Library (36 Salem St.). All are welcome to attend this highly engaging portrait of events during a watershed year that culminated in what came to be known as the Boston Tea Party. Attendees will discover why a political conflict in Boston – that really had nothing to do with tea – made the destruction of the tea such a big event and learn how a political dispute became a Revolution.
Dr. Allison has taught history at Suffolk University for more than 30 years and also teaches at the Harvard Extension School. Involved with numerous history organizations, he is President of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts and chairs Revolution 250, “a consortium of organizations working together to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the events that led to the American Revolution.”
Dr. Allison holds a Ph.D. in History from Harvard University and is an expert on the history of Boston and early America. Among the books he has authored are “The Crescent Obscured: The United States and the Muslim World, 1776-1815” (2000); “The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavas Vasa, The African” (1995, 2004); “Stephen Decatur: American Naval Hero, 1779-1820” (2005); “A Short History of Boston” (2004); and “A Short History of Cape Cod” (2010).
The talk will be followed by questions from the audience and some time to socialize and enjoy refreshments.
The Malden Historical Society is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization that is always looking for new members. Anyone with an interest in history who wants to learn more about the Malden Historical Society can attend one of its meetings or visit www.maldenhistoricalsociety.org.