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2012 Boston Charter Day events

The theme for this year's Boston Charter Day celebration is:

Stirring the Pot: Women in Early Massachusetts
September 20-24

In the decades after Boston's founding, women had their fingers in many pots. As they helped bring food to the table, they nourished kin and neighbors in other ways: as educators, caregivers, and models of piety. September 20th through 24th, the Partnership of the Historic Bostons will sponsor several events aimed at shedding light on the role of women in the 17th and 18th century Massachusetts. The long weekend devoted to our "founding mothers" offers the opportunity to interact with women from the past, worship at the Boston Charter Day Sabbath Gathering, and listen to scholars explore the special roles women played in early Boston. Two different walking tours offer unique perspectives on life four centuries ago, "Women's Heritage Trail" will offer a special tour for the event and "Boston Founders Trail" will be led by Dr. Will Holton, Founding President of The Partnership of the Historic Bostons.

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For more information about the four days of programs and other events visit the Partnership of the Historic Bostons website,



image of a Plimoth Plantation role player courtesy of the Historic Bostons Newsletter, Summer 2012