Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library – Recorded Lectures

Midnight Ride, Industrial Dawn: Paul Revere’s Evolution from Craftsman to Innovative Entrepreneur

Presenter: Robert Martello, Professor of the History of Science and Technology at Olin College of Engineering

Synopsis:

Everyone knows the story of Paul Revere, but few know his role as financial risk taker and technological innovator in the new American economy. In this lecture, Robert Martello, Professor of the History of Science and Technology at Olin College of Engineering, presents a riveting discussion of how Revere transitioned from a colonial artisan to a business-minded manufacturer during the years of the early republic.

“Uncle Sam Wants You! American Citizens and their Obligations on the World War 1 Home Front”

Presenter: Christopher Capozzola, Associate Professor of History, MIT

Synopsis: When most Americans think about what it means to be a citizen, they think of their rights—but what are citizens’ obligations, and how does war change those duties? During the First World War, Americans contemplated, debated, and enforced the obligations of citizenship, with legacies that reverberate today. Drawing heavily on the history of New England communities, and looking in particular at military conscription and wartime policies regarding bonds and taxes, this talk explores a crucial moment in America’s history and its lessons a century later. This program is free thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Ruby W. and LaVon P. Linn Foundation.