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Drawing on the American Antiquarian Society’s unparalleled collection of prints and books, this catalogue accompanying the exhibition Beyond Midnight: Paul Revere, will transform viewers’ understanding of the iconic colonial patriot. This in-depth examination of Revere’s many skills as a craftsman illustrate the entrepreneurial spirit of an early American artisan who stood at the intersection of social, economic, and political life during the formation of the new nation.
Essays examine Revere as a patriot, a manufacturer, a precious metalsmith, a printer and an engraver. His legacy as a polymath is documented in the book’s complete illustrated checklist of the exhibition’s artifacts. Included are examples of rare prints, silver tea services and everyday objects such as thimbles and period newspapers to reveal new facets behind this versatile artisan best known for his midnight ride.
The patriot, silversmith, and entrepreneur Paul Revere was forever immortalized in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s 1861 poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride,” but his genuine accomplishments are often eclipsed by the legend of the midnight journey. This groundbreaking exhibition (September 6, 2019—January 12, 2020), featuring more than 150 objects, re-examines Revere’s accomplishments.