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“Huzzah! Drinking with John Hancock During the American Revolution” with Brooke Barbier

October 13, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

***PLEASE NOTE: IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE IS NOW SOLD OUT! However, you can register for the live-stream at the link below.***

When John Hancock needed to win people over, he didn’t talk about resisting taxes–he served alcohol. He offered rum punch and wine at his home and paid for lavish meals in taverns to bring people together. By throwing parties, Hancock gained social and political power among various groups of people, which repeatedly paid dividends. He smiggled maderia into Boston and one of the most violent mobs during colonial resistance defended him. His popularity also ensured his backing of the Boston Tea Party would lead to broader support in town.

Join special guest Brook Barbier for a special night in Abigail’s Tea Room at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum with historically-inspired cocktails or beer and lively and evocative stories that illuminate the critical role that drinking played in the social, political, and cultural fabric of the American Revolution. Brooke Barbier will discuss an oft-ignored aspect of colonial life: the high rate of alcohol consumption and how John Hancock used it to his advantage. She is the author of  King Hancock: The Radical Influence of a Moderate Founding Father and owner of a popular tour company in Boston, Ye Olde Tavern Tours.

Friday October 13th, 2023 at 7:00pm (Doors open 6:30pm)

This FREE hybrid event will take place in Abigail’s Tea Room at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum located at 306 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210.

Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase.

Registration is Required.


To register for the free ONLINE LIVESTREAM  please click here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Q_YhkbEKQ0qtMLmRThuTEQ

Once registration is complete, you will receive an email confirmation within 24 hours.


More about our Guest Speaker:

Brooke Barbier received her PhD in American History from Boston College, researching Boston’s social and cultural life during and after the American Revolution. She is the author of the new book, King Hancock: The Radical Influence of a Moderate Founding Father (out October 10 from Harvard University Press) and Boston in the American Revolution: A Town Versus an Empire. Because she believes beer makes history even better, she founded Ye Olde Tavern Tours in 2013 to take guests to see revolutionary sites and drink inside historic taverns.


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