Boston Tea Party Symposium: Celebrate the 250th Anniversary

The Dye is cast: The People have passed the River and cutt away the Bridge: last Night Three Cargoes of Tea, were emptied into the Harbour. This is the grandest, Event, which has ever yet happened Since, the Controversy, with Britain, opened!

– John Adams, December 17, 1773

2023 marks the 250th anniversary of one of the most iconic events in American history: The Boston Tea Party.  On December 16, 1773, the Sons of Liberty dumped 342 chests of tea into Boston Harbor, setting in motion events that led to the American Revolution. 

Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours is offering a special symposium in Boston the weekend of this important anniversary, featuring esteemed experts on the Boston Tea Party and American Revolution. Accommodations and lectures will be at the historic Omni Parker House, located near the city’s best-known sites—Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston Common, and stops on the Freedom Trail.

Join us for the 250th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party as we celebrate and study the transformational event that birthed a new nation!

Symposium Host and Speakers

Your host for the symposium will be historian Rick Beyer. Rick leads our Revolutionary War: Boston to Quebec and Revolutionary War: Road to Yorktown tours. His most recent book, Rivals Unto Death, explores the intricate thirty-year rivalry between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr.

You will learn about this pivotal event in American History from esteemed experts on the Boston Tea Party and American Revolution, including:

  • Bob Allison: Professor of History at Suffolk University and author of The Boston Tea Party
  • J.L. Bell: Writer and Researcher of the American Revolution and author of the Boston 1775 blog and The Road to Concord
  • Benjamin Carp: Professor of History at Brooklyn College and author of Defiance of the Patriots: The Boston Tea Party and the Making of America
  • Christopher S. Davis: Historical interpreter and researcher focused on the Boston Tea Party and everything connected to it; author of the blog Tea Crisis 1773
  • Kristin Harris: Research Coordinator at Boston Tea Party Ships Museum, Descendent and Grave Marker Program
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  • Attend the 250th anniversary re-enactment of the fiery meeting at Old South Meeting House (reserved seating), where the Boston Tea Party began, and then retrace the steps of the participants to Griffin's Wharf to see the dumping of the tea
  • Listen to morning lectures from esteemed experts on the Tea Party who will offer a deeper perspective  on the origins of the American Revolution
  • Visit the Museum of Fine Arts for a docent-led tour of their impressive early-American collection, including dozens of works by John Singleton Copley and silver made by Paul Revere
  • View rare documents and archives pertaining to the American Revolution in an exclusive event at the Massachusetts Historical Society
  • Celebrate this historic occasion at an opening dinner and farewell breakfast with noted speakers
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TRIP COST $1,790

Prices are per person based on double occupancy. For a single room add $275.


We welcome Boston locals who don't need hotel accommodations.

Price for all but hotel: $1,154 per person

Price for all but hotel and farewell breakfast: $1,080 per person

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