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Faneuil Hall Renovated

History / US History : Boston 1775

This week Charles Bahne alerted me that the Boston Globe website offers an article and slide show about the ongoing renovation of Faneuil Hall. In a few months, the landmark will reopen with “new interpretive exhibits, educational s...

The Grasshopper on Faneuil Hall

History / US History : Boston 1775

Click on the thumbnail at the right to see a nice photograph of the grasshopper-shaped weathervane atop Faneuil Hall, taken by Steve Borichevsky.That grasshopper was the work of Boston metalworker Shem Drowne (1683-1774), who also c...

How Did People Pronounce “Faneuil Hall”?

History / US History : Boston 1775

In 1740, the New Rochelle-born merchant Peter Faneuil (shown at left courtesy of the New York Public Library) offered Boston money to erect a grand new building with space for town meetings and shops. By a very close vote (367–360),...

Debates in Faneuil Hall over the Stamp Act

History / US History : Boston 1775

Yet another sestercentennial event in Boston this August are town-meeting-style debates over the Stamp Act in Faneuil Hall on Sunday afternoons. Boston National Historical Park explains:Have you ever wondered what it would be like t...

Peter Faneuil’s Tombstone

History / US History : Boston 1775

On Monday, Boston 1775 reader Daud Alzayer asked me about how Peter Faneuil’s name appeared on his tomb. That turns out to be a rather hard question to answer.In a Boston Transcript essay published before 1852 and collected in 1856 ...

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