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Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - 7:00pm

“Patriot, Artisan, Entrepreneur, and Industrialist: Paul Revere’s Ride to Rolling Copper”
by Robert Martello
In collaboration with the exhibition Beyond Midnight: Paul Revere

“Listen my children and you shall hear of the Midnight Ride of Paul Revere.” Americans rightfully celebrate Paul Revere’s patriotic mission that started the American Revolution, but in this talk, Robert Martello explores how his greatest role in building the new nation took place in workshops and manufactories via a lifetime of groundbreaking metallurgical work.

Revere’s artisan training in the silversmith trade positioned him for a series of postwar shifts into new fields such as iron casting and bronze bell and cannon making, eventually becoming the first American to roll copper into sheets for the young United States Navy.

Throughout these endeavors, Revere pioneered a series of innovative technical and entrepreneurial leaps that enabled America to close the technological gap with England, advance its economic strength, and transition into the industrial age.


Robert Martello is a professor of the history of science and technology at Olin College of Engineering. He has delivered educational workshops for teachers, administrators, and public audiences around the world. A graduate of MIT’s program in the History and Social Study of Science and Technology, he is the author of Midnight Ride, Industrial Dawn: Paul Revere and the Growth of American Enterprise (2010). Martello is currently researching Benjamin Franklin's printing and business endeavors for a book he has started writing, and he regularly lectures on Revere and Franklin, our “Founding Makers,” for audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Martello also contributed an essay to the catalog accompanying AAS’s exhibition Beyond Midnight: Paul Revere.

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