Free September Programs at The Old State House

The Bostonian Society invites you to attend two upcoming programs at the Old State House: a discussion about Native American and English food traditions, and a book reading and signing of Patrick Gabridge’s Steering to Freedom. Both are free and open to the public.

The Proof is in the Pudding: New England’s First Food Fight
Monday September, 21, 2015 at 7pm – FREE

As part of the Charter Day 2015 activities, sponsored by Partnership of The Historic Bostons, Inc, join us at the Old State House for a panel discussion about Native American and English food traditions with Katherine Grandjean, Wellesley College, History Department; and Loren Spears, Executive Director, Tomaquag Museum. Nathaniel Sheidley, Historian and Director of Public History, The Bostonian Society, will moderate the interesting discussion.

Book Reading and Signing with Patrick Gabridge, author of “Steering to Freedom”
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 7pm – FREE

“Steering to Freedom” is a novel based on the thrilling true story of Robert Smalls. In May 1862, Robert Smalls, a slave and ship’s pilot in Charleston, South Carolina, crafts a daring plan to steal the steamship Planter and deliver it along with the crew and their families to the Union blockade. After risking his life to escape slavery, Robert faces an even more difficult challenge: convincing Abraham Lincoln to enlist black troops. Based on a true story, “Steering to Freedom” tells the powerful and inspirational story of a young man who becomes the first black captain of a US military ship, while struggling to navigate a path to freedom for himself, his family, and his people.

Free event, but please preregister on our Eventbrite page here.