October 7-9, 2020

In conjunction with the American Antiquarian Society’s traveling exhibition Beyond Midnight: Paul Revere (exhibited at the New-York Historical Society, the Worcester Art Museum, and the Concord Museum during 2019-2020), the Center for Historic American Visual Culture (CHAViC) hosted a virtual symposium during three consecutive afternoons. The program considers new perspectives on Revere's versatile roles as an artisan, ranging from colonial silversmith to maker of propaganda prints to postwar manufacturer. Topics explore labor practices and the sourcing of raw materials associated with Revere’s many products, from silver luxury goods to copper for the new nation’s naval vessels.

The sessions were recorded. Links to view the sessions are available below.


Wednesday, October 7

2:00-3:15 PM

Panel 1 - Revere Beyond the Ride: Artisan and Manufacturer

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Chair: Nan Wolverton, Director of CHAViC, AAS

Robert Martello, Professor of the History of Science and Technology, Olin College of Engineering - The Last Ride of Paul Revere: Entrepreneurial and Technical Innovation in Early America

Debra Schmidt Bach, Curator of Decorative Arts, New-York Historical Society – ‘Every friend to the manufacturers of the United States must be pleased with this information’: Paul Revere and the United States’ Early Copper Trade


Thursday, October 8

2:00-3:15 PM

Panel 2 - Global Perspectives: Luxury and Labor

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Chair: Rebecca M. Rosen, Hollins University

Jennifer Anderson, Associate Professor of History, Stony Brook University (SUNY) – Paul Revere and Sourcing Silver in Early America

Monica Dominguez Torres, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Delaware – Traders and Cannibals: Imagining the Early American Pearl Trade


Friday, October 9

2:00-3:15 PM

Panel 3 - Local Perspectives: Prints and Production

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Chair: Lauren B. Hewes, Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Graphic Arts, AAS

Theresa Fairbanks Harris, Senior Conservator for Works on Paper, Yale University Art Gallery – The Evolution of Paul Revere’s Prints of the Bloody Massacre

Nancy Siegel, Professor of Art History & Culinary History, Towson University – Monument Men: Paul Revere’s Obelisk and its Fiery Demise


Friday, October 9

3:30-4:30 PM

Panel 4 - Roundtable Discussion: Revere in the 21st Century

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Nina Zannieri, Executive Director, Paul Revere Memorial Association

Robert Shimp, Research and Adult Programs Director, Paul Revere Memorial Association

Plus all symposium speakers






This symposium is sponsored by


Support for this symposium has been provided as part of a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor


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