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The  theme of this year's Charter Day events was "Food and Drink in Early Boston."  Over 395 attendees enjoyed the events listed below.  Our partners are listed after the events.

Stay tuned for the theme for Charter Day 2016 and the tour and lecture schedule for next year.

September 7

Commemoration of the Naming of Boston, Dorchester, and Watertown, 1630

Free admission to Old South Meeting House for Massachusetts residents all day

Bell ringing throughout the new towns at 4:30 PM or 1630

Food and the Founders, a special tour for 2015

Wreath laying at the Founders Memorial with Professor Robert Allison

September 9

”Survival: Boston 1630 -- Starting from Scratch"

Boston Public Library, Copley Square

Partnership President Rose Doherty talked about the enormous challenges the settlers faced in the early years.
September 18

"Repast from the Past: A Taste of 17th-Century New England"

First Church in Boston

Kathleen Wall, Culinarian at Plimoth Plantation, prepared and talked about 17th-century food.  Loyal Nine, a contemporary Cambridge restaurant that serves modern takes on colonial fare, had tastings available.
September 20

Charter Day Sabbath Service (nondenominational)

First Church in Boston, Marlborough and Berkeley Streets

Reflections on the essential role of the early churches in colonial Boston, where religion and obedience to the will of God were paramount.

September 20
"Food and the Founders" Tour
On the right is Founding President Will Holton leading a tour.

September 21

"The Proof Is in the Pudding: New England's First Food Fight"

The expansion of Puritan farmland after their arrival in Boston in 1630 often came at the expense of Native Americans – the very same people whose food had helped to keep the newcomers alive through the first hard winters. The Puritans’ pigs literally ran “hog wild” and trampled countless Native American crops.
Is Indian pudding a symbol of Yankee tradition or an appropriation of Native American history? Two of the top experts in the field will present the complex and harsh reality behind the idealized picture of history of Indian-Puritan cooperation.

Katherine Grandjean, Wellesley College History Department

 Lorén Spears, Executive Director, Tomaquag Museum

Moderator Nathaniel Sheidley

 Historian and Director of Public History, The Bostonian Society

Old State House 

September 26
"Fueling New England's Iron Age: Food at the Saugus Iron Works"

Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site

The Puritans who founded the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630 were driven by a commitment to their religious ideals and beliefs. But it was Scottish prisoners of war who did the dirty work, building the tools for a new colony as the flow of material goods from England dwindled. In keeping with our Food and Drink of 17th-century Boston theme, we'll discover how workers at the Saugus Iron Works ate, drank, and lived.

Curtis Wright, Lead Ranger at Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site, gave the tour, which included a hearth cooking demonstration in the forge.

Neil Wright, industrial archaeologist from Lincolnshire and PHB Trustee, talked about the technology and food brought from Stuart England. 

October 15

"Food and Spirituality in Early Boston"

Congregational Library & Archives, Boston

Lori Stokes of the Partnership talked about tThe physical hardships of creating the Massachusetts Bay Colony were extreme, especially for unprepared English colonists.  Hunger and even starvation were a constant part of their lives, and in this crucible of suffering the colony was transformed. Massachusetts became a place where people deliberately sought transformation and redemption by a powerful combination of physical suffering and pure religion.

November 4
"Stirring up the Past: Puritan Beliefs About Food"
New England Historic Genealogical Society

Lori Stokes of the Partnership talked about the Puritans' complex relationship to food, which was a gift from God.  NEHGS Archivist Judy Lucey will introduced a display of NEHGS treasures related to food in early
Boston. To the right is a recipe from the archives for French Biskit from the 1683 Jose Winthrop Notebook.
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