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The Boston (and Needham?) Tea Party

December 10, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

A talk by Gloria Greis.
at the Needham History Center, 1147 Central Avenue, Needham

On the night of December 16, 1773, a group of thinly-disguised Sons of Liberty swarmed onto the ships in Boston harbor and threw the costly chests of tea overboard, in protest to the new British tea tax. The Crown responded with a series of new laws, reviled in the Colonies as the “Intolerable Acts,” that soon touched off the Revolution. Join us for this talk in celebration of the 250th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, and learn how the events that started in Boston had far-reaching consequences – even reaching as far as the sleepy village of Needham.

Gloria Polizzotti Greis been Executive Director of the Needham History Center & Museum since June 2002.  Prior to Needham, she was Peabody Research Fellow at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology (Harvard) (2001-2002), and Collections Manager for the Peabody’s Archaeology and Human Osteology Collections (1989-2001).  She holds a PhD in Anthropology, specializing in the archaeology of prehistoric Europe.  Gloria is the author of several books and films on archaeology and local history; a weekly local history blog; and of numerous articles on history, archaeology, and various other topics. She is an elected Honorary Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society, and a member of the MA State Historic Records Advisory Board.  In Needham, she is a member of the Needham Historical Commission, Co-President of the Great Hall Performance Foundation, and an Advisory Trustee of the NC Wyeth Research Foundation and Library.

This talk is free and open to everyone. Refreshments will be served.

We thank our Program Sponsor, North Hill, for their kind support of our Program Calendar.



December 10, 2023
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Gloria Greis, Executive Director
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Needham History Center
1147 Central Ave
Needham, MA 02492 United States
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