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Experience the Boston Tea Party anywhere! The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum offer several virtual experiences to help you learn from the comfort and safety of your own home or the classroom. Use 21st-century technology to experience the 18th century! There’s virtually something for everyone!

Tea Talks

An In-depth Series on the Myths, Truths, and Untold Stories of the Boston Tea Party

  • Live & Interactive
  • New Topics Every Month
  • 1 Hour Specialized ZOOM Presentation
  • Perfect For Curious Minds of All Ages

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*Please note: ALL live Tea Talk programs take place online via ZOOM. Once registration is complete, participants will receive a confirmation email with password and instructions on how to participate using ZOOM. We ask that you download the ZOOM application in advance for the best user experience.

September 29, 2021 $15

Tea from growing areas of the world

Tea Made Simple

Tea Master Bruce Richardson will introduce you to the major growing areas of the world, the processing steps for each tea family, and the best ways to prepare and taste tea like a professional.

Available Dates

Sept. 29th (Wed.): 7pm

October 27, 2021 $15

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The Tea Consignees & The Loyalist Perspective

History is often complicated and complex, and the time leading up to the American Revolution was no exception. In the time of the Boston Tea Party, the town of Boston was divided. Many were enraged by “taxation without representation” and supported the protests often led by the Sons of Liberty as well as the “Destruction of the Tea”. Others were still very much loyal to the Crown and viewed the protests and the tea’s eventual destruction as a step gone too far. Perhaps none felt this tension more than the Tea Consignees—those put in charge of the shipments of tea being sent to America. This cursed cargo would turn into quite a burden and each would find themselves in the middle of a tense crisis. Join the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum for a 1-hour discussion on this clash of ideologies, focusing on the Consignees’ involvement in the tea crisis of 1773. Hear the differences between the “Patriot” and “Tory” perspectives, and learn more about central figures of the Loyalist cause in rebellious Boston.

Available Dates

Oct. 27th (Wed.): 7pm

November 17, 2021$15

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A Most Precious Cargo: Phillis Wheatley’s Books of Poetry & The Dartmouth

Nestled among the Dartmouth’s cargo of East India Company tea was a crate of another kind. This one would hold a shipment of the newly published Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral written by Phillis Wheatley. Wheatley was the first woman of African descent, and slave, and third woman in America to publish a book of poetry. Phillis wrote her first poem in 1765 and was published in 1767. Six years later in 1773, Phillis would publish her famed book of poetry. Join the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum for a 1-hour conversation about her connection to the Boston Tea Party Ship Dartmouth and her lasting legacy as a poet.

Available Dates

Nov. 17th (Wed.): 7pm

December 8, 2021 $15

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The Boston Tea Party Story

On December 16, 2021 we commemorate the 248th anniversary of the event that was described by John Adams as, “The most magnificent movement of all”. Join members of the Creative Team of the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum as they discuss the dramatic details of the tea’s destruction and about those involved.

Available Dates

Dec. 8th (Wed.): 7pm
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John Singleton Copley & the Boston Tea Party

The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum is thrilled to welcome special guest for this webinar: Tamar Avishai, the creator and host of the popular art history podcast, “The Lonely Palette”. Boston’s own John Singleton Copley is often referred to as the finest portrait artist of colonial America. He painted the likenesses of many of the “patriot heroes” including Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, Mercy Otis Warren, John Hancock, and Dr. Joseph Warren though he mostly chose to stay politically neutral.

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The Myths of the Boston Tea Party

The Boston Tea Party is one of the most recognizable moments in American history, yet it is also one of the most misunderstood. While many artistic depictions of the Destruction of the Tea exist, they often show an inaccurate and highly romanticized version of the event, and none tell the full story.Were there 342 chests of tea destroyed or 340? Were there three ships involved or four? Were the Sons of Liberty disguised? If so, what did they actually wear? These are just a few of the questions we’ll answer and myths we’ll dispel during this hour-long discussion.

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247th Boston Tea Party Anniversary Special

This 1-hour online event, presented by The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum and the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, features a dramatization of first-person accounts, letters, and newspapers from the time of the Boston Tea Party, and features a live discussion and Q&A led by members of the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum Creative Team.

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Remember the Ladies

Remember the ladies… Join the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum in a 1-hour discussion on the role of women during the time of the Boston Tea Party. Discover the contributions, and sacrifices made by Daughters of Liberty during America’s struggle for independence.

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The Aftermath of the Boston Tea Party

The days and months following the Destruction of the Tea were fraught with complication and consequence for the town of Boston. Reactions to the tea’s fate were greatly varied. Some supported the action as a bold attempt to show public frustration at the measures of Parliament. Others supported this venting of frustration, but disagreed with the destruction of property. Join the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum on a 1-hour discussion detailing the consequences and aftermath of “the single most important event leading up to the American Revolution”: The Boston Tea Party.

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“Boston Harbor, a Teapot Tonight!”: The Boston Tea Party Story

This December we commemorate the 247th anniversary of the event that was described by John Adams as, “The most magnificent movement of all”. Join members of the Creative Team of the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum as they discuss the dramatic details of the Boston Tea Party and the lasting legacy of this iconic event.

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The Making of a Reenactment

Since 2012, the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum has been the proud co-producer of the Annual Reenactment of the Boston Tea Party. Taking place every December 16th, this event has become a Boston tradition and has grown into one of the largest moving theatrical productions in the nation. Sadly, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this large-scale event will not be produced in 2020. However, in honor of this tradition and in commemoration of the 247th Boston Tea Party anniversary, join members of the production team at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum for a special behind-the-scenes look at the process of researching, planning, creating, producing, and reenacting one of the most iconic moments in American history.

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Ships of the Boston Tea Party

Explore the vessels involved in the Boston Tea Party, the construction methods used to recreate them for the museum, and we will share anecdotes and information about the ship owners and the crews that sailed them.

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5 Teas That Launched a Revolution

The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum and Tea Master Bruce Richardson lead a virtual discussion focused on the origin stories of the five teas that were tossed into Boston Harbor in 1773.

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The Birth of Liberty Teas

Tea Master Bruce Richardson shares how patriotic families turned to their orchards and gardens to create herbal and fruit blends, which they poured from their newly christened “Liberty Teapots”.

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The Tea Things of Thomas Jefferson & George Washington

Join Tea Master Bruce Richardson and the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum as they share anecdotes and information about tea customs, tea wares and tea drinking, with a special look at some tea-related historical artifacts of such notable names as Thomas Jefferson and George Washington.

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A Box Worth Keeping: The Story of the Robinson Tea Chest

Discover the story of the only known surviving tea chest from the Boston Tea Party through the lineage of families that protected it and preserved it for over 200 years.

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