Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Children & Youth
  • Education & Literacy


206 WASHINGTON STBOSTON, MA 02109 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Revolutionary Spaces brings people together to explore the American struggle to create and sustain a free society, singularly evoked by Boston’s Old South Meeting House and Old State House. We steward these buildings as gathering spaces for the open exchange of ideas and the continuing practice of democracy, inspiring all who believe in the power of people to govern themselves.


In January 2020, the Bostonian Society and Old South Association merged to become Revolutionary Spaces. This merger enhances our ability to sustain Old South Meeting House and the Old State House as dynamic resources at the center of Boston’s cultural and civic life, while telling the interwoven stories of these two iconic sites.

The 250th anniversary of the American Revolution brings a renewed focus to our nation’s founding principles. The unique relationship between the Old State House and Old South Meeting House creates a rich and dynamic story that speaks to the heart of urgent questions about self-government, free speech, and the role of civic engagement in a free society. There are no two sites that can better tell that story, and no better time to tell it than right now.

This is only the beginning of a new chapter in how Americans connect to our history. There is still much hard work ahead. History can be a powerful tool for today, enabling people to participate more deeply in civic life and to recognize their own personal stake in the ongoing American experiment in self-government. In the coming year, programs and exhibitions at Revolutionary Spaces will challenge our understanding of our shared past and help us to explore together the future we want to build.


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