Talk at the Newport Historical Society with Author Serena Zabin

Newport, RI – Join the Newport Historical Society for a talk with Professor Serena Zabin, author of The Boston Massacre: A Family History on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 5:30pm at the Leatherman Program Center, 82 Touro Street, Newport, RI.

Zabin’s The Boston Massacre delivers an indelible new slant on iconic American Revolutionary history. The story of the Boston Massacre—on a late winter evening in 1770, British soldiers shot five local men to death—is familiar to generations. But from the very beginning, many accounts have obscured a fascinating truth: The Massacre arose from conflicts that were as personal as they were political.

Zabin draws on original sources to follow British troops dispatched from Ireland to Boston in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1768 to subdue the increasingly rebellious colonists. She reveals a world hidden in plain sight: Soldiers jostling with Bostonians for living space, finding common cause in the search for a lost child, trading barbs, and sharing baptisms. Becoming, in other words, neighbors. When soldiers shot unarmed citizens in the street, it was these intensely human, now broken bonds that fueled what quickly became a bitterly fought American Revolution.

Serena Zabin is a professor of history and director of the American studies program at Carleton College. Her books include Dangerous Economies: Status and Commerce in Imperial New York and she is also the codesigner of a forthcoming serious video game about the Boston Massacre, Witness to the Revolution.

The Boston Massacre: A Family History will be on Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 5:30pm at the Newport Historical Society, 82 Touro Street, Newport, RI. General admission costs $5 per person, $1 for Newport Historical Society members along with retired and active duty military.

This event is sponsored by the Harborside Inn, Newport, RI.


About the Newport Historical Society

Since 1854, the Newport Historical Society has collected and preserved the artifacts, photographs, documents, publications, and genealogical records that relate to the history of Newport County, to make these materials readily available for both research and enjoyment, and to act as a resource center for the education of the public about the history of Newport County, so that knowledge of the past may contribute to a fuller understanding of the present. For more information please visit