2019 Charter Day Events
September 8th - October 23rd

A series of talks, walks & events commemorating the naming of:

 Boston, Dorchester and Watertown, September 7, 1630

Puritan Primetime: Politics, Faith, Children, and Money in 17th-century Boston

The Matrix of 17th-century Boston and New England.

Charter Day Service at First Church: Mass Bay Puritans and the Other

Rev. Stephen Kendrick, Senior Minister

Sunday, Sept. 8th, 11:00 AM to Noon

First Church in Boston

Marlborough & Berkeley Streets

How they confronted the Others & showed kindness to “the Stranger” as in the Bible: a complex picture that colors today’s crisis + stay for “Chowda Sunday” lunch following the service.


Sunday, Sept. 8th, 1:30 to 3:00pm

Meet at the State House steps at 1:30

The Partnership’s signature walking tour of the sites where Boston’s founders lived, worked, loved and fought their struggle against British control.

THE PURITANS: Who they were, who they are.  

Lori Rogers-Stokes, PhD

Wednesday, Sept. 11th, 6:00 to 7:30pm

Rabb Auditorium, Boston Public Library

Who the Puritans were when they arrived, who they became, and their monumental legacy passed to succeeding generations.

GROWING UP PURITAN: The Family in late 17th-century New England

Judith Graham, PhD

Tuesday, Sept. 17th, 6:00 to 7:30pm

New Old South Church 

645 Boylston St (subway Copley T Station)

The Puritan experience of childhood, birth and death, education and discipline, courtship and marriage through the writings of judge, counselor and diarist Samuel Sewall.

THE WORLD IN A SHILLING: Money & Political Economy in early New England

Professor Mark Peterson

Wednesday, Sept. 25th, 6:00 to 7:30pm

Old State House, Boston

206 Washington St

The development of a viable money supply supported Boston merchants’ overseas trading ventures, keeping New England colonists connected to the transatlantic network of English dissenting religion.

SURVIVAL 1630-1635: Walking Tour

Saturday, Sept. 28th, 10:00 to 11:30am

Massachusetts State House, Front Steps

Survival: Boston 1630 to 1635 explores the story of the first, dangerous year, when nearly half the original Puritans either died or fled back to England and how, by 1635, they combined their collective skills and religious beliefs to build Boston and create New England against daunting odds.

DEMOCRACY or OLIGARCHY: Revisiting the Practice of Politics in Early New England

Professor David D. Hall

Wednesday, Oct. 2nd, 6:00 to 7:30pm

Old North Church

193 Salem St

What values did the people who arrived in New England in the 1630s bring to the forming of colony and town governments, the legal system, and rules about who could vote and participate in civic life?

ELIZABETH HOOTEN’S JOURNEYS: Quakers and Toleration in Mass Bay

Adrian Chastain Weimer, PhD

Thursday, Oct. 10th, 6:00 to 7:30pm

Beacon Hill Friends Meeting House

6 Chestnut Street

In the 17th-century, reconciling civil order and religious zeal was a daunting task.  Quaker interventions, transatlantic pressures and official responses shaped the politics of toleration in Massachusetts  Bay.


Saturday, Oct. 19th, 10:00 to 11:30am

Meet at Park Street T Station

Boston, its leadership, its diversity and its incendiaries after 1650.  A Praying Indian who met the King, the confusion and evolution of Puritan society after King Philip’s War, and free Black woman homeowner in Boston in 1670.

PURITANS IN PRINT: Historiography of the Puritans in Literature

Peter Drummey, Stephen T. Riley Librarian, Massachusetts Historical Society

Wednesday, Oct 23rd, 6:00 to 7:30pm

Suffolk Law School

1120 Tremont St, 5th Floor Blue Sky Lounge and Commons 

From the 1630’s to the 1930’s, the Puritans were stigmatized as dour, joyless and authoritarian.  With the background of the Great War, Depression and Prohabition, a reevaluation became possible.  Puritans in Print repaints the Puritans, portraying them in their changing hues from 1630 to the present.

John Winthrop

Major Donor: 

PHB Partners include:

Boston Public Library

Beacon Hill Friends Meeting

The Bostonian Society

Congregational Library

Dorchester Historical Society

First Church in Boston

Historic Beverly

Historic New England

Historical Society of Watertown

Kings Chapel

National Park Service

New England Historic Genealogical Society

Old South Meeting House

Park Street Church

Plimoth Plantation

Tomaquag Museum

Winthrop Improvement & Historical Assn

Winthrop Society

We are grateful for your help and support.

All Charter Day events are free, donations appreciated.

Donations allow our all–volunteer non-profit Partnership to continue its free programs.  

You will become a Member of the Partnership of Historic Bostons for a donation of $35 or more. 

Partnership of Historic Bostons
A collection of recipes from Puritans and Native Americans including nasaump to samp, venison to succatash. Curious about how 17th-century people in Massachusetts cooked and ate? Find out more in this original booklet of 17th-century recipes, with modern equivalents for 20th-century cooks.