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250th Anniversary of the Boston Tea Party: The Dartmouth & The Destruction of the Tea

May 18 @ 6:00 pm

In honor of the 250th Anniversary of the Boston Tea Party this year, Boston-area locals and tourists can attend a discussion on New Bedford’s connection to the Boston Tea Party and a special reenactment and theatrical performance featuring historical interpreters from the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum. For context: The ship Dartmouth was built in Bedford Village (now New Bedford) in 1767 as a cargo-carrying workhorse for the whaling industry. It was the first to arrive in Boston harbor carrying the cursed East India Company tea.

Audience members will participate in a dramatic Meeting of the Body of the People (in the Cook Memorial Theater), then follow the fife and drum players to the Bourne Building gallery to experience a recreation of the Destruction of the Tea onboard the museum’s whaling ship Lagoda. A cocktail reception – complete with tea-infused beverages – will follow.

Tickets are $20 for non-members and $10 for members.