Revolutionary Resistance: Paul Revere and Isaiah Thomas

TUE, SEP 5, 2017 (53:13)

Collecting Dissent: Museum Collections on the History of Protest from the Revolutionary Era to the Present

The largest collection of prints and works on paper by Paul Revere is held at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts. Several of these prints helped fuel the American Revolution with their imagery of dissent. Much of the Revere collection was assembled in the early twentieth century by AAS librarian and president Clarence S. Brigham (1877-1963), whose Paul Revere’s Engravings (1954; 1969) remains the most significant book on the subject.

Nan Wolverton, Director of Fellowships and Director of the Center for Historic American Visual Culture will look at the early collecting practices of Isaiah Thomas, patriot printer and friend of Revere, whose personal library of books, pamphlets, and newspapers became the foundation of the American Antiquarian Society’s archive when Thomas established it in 1812. Thomas’ efforts to collect a complete printed record of the past included cheap broadsides, many of which focus on Revolutionary Era dissent and will be considered alongside Revere’s works on paper.

+ BIO: Nan Wolverton

Nan Wolverton is the Director of Fellowships as well as Director of CHAViC, the Center for Historic American Visual Culture at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, MA. Nan earned her PhD in American Studies from the University of Iowa. She has published and lectured widely on material and visual culture topics. Nan has served as a Lecturer in American Studies and Art History at Smith College where she has taught courses on early American material and visual culture. She has also served the Executive Director at Historic Northampton, Inc., in Northampton, MA. She is a former Curator of Decorative Arts at Old Sturbridge Village where she oversaw the furnishings and interiors of the historic houses and curated numerous exhibitions and related programming. In addition, she has served as collections consultant to many museums in New England including the Emily Dickinson Museum, Historic Deerfield, the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, Herman Melville’s Arrowhead, the Mashantucket Pequot Museum, and the Nichols House Museum on Beacon Hill. Along with her other responsibilities at the AAS, she is currently planning an exhibition on Paul Revere as an artisan in Revolutionary Boston. >> Follow Nan on Twitter @WolvertonNan.

Paul Revere Memorial Association
A History of Protest