The Messenger is the scholarly history blog of the Old North Church & Historic Site. Our goal is to explore how Old North and Boston fit into a greater historical perspective while celebrating the academic work of a variety of voices from students to casual history buffs to published authors and leading academicians.
We accept rolling submissions for blog articles pertaining to our seasonal program themes. Posts may be approximately 500-1,200 words in length and must relate to the seasonal themes listed below. Longer articles may be considered, but must be formatted in such a way that it can be divided into a series of smaller posts. Additionally, with each article submission we require a minimum of two and maximum of five images (pictures, maps, etc.) pertaining to the content of the post. These images must be free for use without legal restriction. Articles should represent original work and all sources must be cited. Author biographies are requested.
2019 – Community and Courage
This year we will not have clear-cut sections for each theme/subtheme like we have in previous years. Instead, we aim to explore these concepts in layered ways at different times, often overlapping. How have the values of community and courage been demonstrated and portrayed throughout history? What are specific examples and how are those examples relevant today?
2017 – The Boston Scape
Spring: “Boston as mindscape,” contemplating the ideas, concepts, and theories born in the Athens of America
Summer: “Boston as seascape,” investigating the role of waterways in the development of this bustling port
Fall: “Boston as landscape,” navigating the changing physical and social dynamics of this “City on a Hill”
2018 – Occupation
Spring: the action or fact of living in a place
Summer: a job or profession; a way to make a living
Fall: the action, state, or period of occupying or being occupied by military force
If interested in contributing, please contact Old North’s Director of Educational Programming at education[at]oldnorth.com with either a completed article or a brief description of a potential topic and how it can be interpreted under one of these seasonal themes. Have an idea that doesn’t fit in with our program themes? Send us a note anyway!