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1763 Peace of Paris Commemoration

Institutionally hosted by The Bostonian Society, the 1763 Peace of Paris Commemoration has been organized to present program activities marking the 250th anniversary of the treaty ending the “French and Indian or Seven Years War in North America. The exhibition at the Old State House in Boston of Britain's original signed copy of the Paris treaty document (on display through October 7) has been the centerpiece of this effort.

The Ruby W. and LaVon P. Linn Foundation and chapters of the Society of Colonial Wars led by the Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and General Societies have provided leadership support for this initiative.


The Bostonian Society1763 exhibition host and project institutional host/fiscal agent

The Bostonian Society was established in 1881 to preserve colonial America’s most historic public building—the Old State House—and to illuminate the stories these halls tell of how Boston gave rise to our country’s most powerful founding ideas. Throughout 2013, the Bostonian Society invites America to join it in celebrating the 300th anniversary of this national treasure.


Boston National Historical Parkcooperating partner and interpretive advisor

Boston National Historical Park interprets the city’s Revolutionary history through direct operation of some historic sites—among them Dorchester Heights and Bunker Hill—and through partnerships with municipally- and privately-owned properties on the city’s “Freedom Trail,” including the Old State House. Headquartered in the Charlestown Navy Yard, the Park also tells the story of the U.S. Navy’s long history in Boston.

The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, host, “War, Peace, and Empire: the 1763 Paris Treaty in Diplomatic-Historical Perspective” symposium (Sept. 21)

Founded in 1933, The Fletcher School is the first exclusively graduate school of international affairs established in the United States. Focused on training future diplomats and professionals working internationally in law, business, government, and other fields, Fletcher’s broad curriculum also encompasses diplomatic history.

Fort Ligonier, Ligonier, PA, cooperating partner and program sponsor

Located in Western Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands, Fort Ligonier is a full-scale reconstruction of a 1758 British post built to stage the recapture of the Forks of the Ohio (future site of Pittsburgh) from French and Native forces. The Fort’s “World Ablaze” museum exhibition tells the story of the global Seven Years War with a unique assemblage of artifacts from that conflict.


John Carter Brown Library at Brown University, cooperating partner, exhibition lender, and co-presenter, “1763 and the Americas” symposium (June 6-8)

An independently funded and administered institution for advanced research in history and the humanities, the John Carter Brown Library was founded in1846 and has been located at Brown University since 1901. The JCB houses one of the world’s outstanding collections of primary materials related to the European discovery, exploration, and settlement of the New World prior to 1825, including books, maps, newspapers, and other printed objects.

Massachusetts Historical Society, cooperating partner and 1763 exhibition lender

An independent research library founded in 1791, the Massachusetts Historical Society is the oldest historical institution in the United States. Spanning four centuries of American history, MHS collections are especially strong for the colonial, Revolutionary, and early national periods, particularly for Massachusetts.


McNeil Center for Early American Studies, cooperating partner and co-presenter, Royal Proclamation of 1763 roundtable (Oct. 4)

Based at the University of Pennsylvania, the McNeil Center facilitates scholarly inquiry into the pre-1850 histories and cultures of North America in the Atlantic world through fellowships, conferences, and publications, with a special emphasis on the mid-Atlantic region.


Robert J. Allison

Professor of History and Departmental Chair, Suffolk University

Fred Anderson

Arts and Sciences Professor of Distinction in History and Director of the Honors Program, University of Colorado, Boulder

B.A. (Sandy) Balcom*

Cultural Management Co-ordinator (ret.), Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

David A. Bell*

Sidney and Ruth Lapidus Professor in the Era of the North Atlantic Revolutions, Princeton University

Martin Blatt

Chief of Cultural Resources/Historian, Boston National Historical Park

Colin Calloway

John Kimball, Jr. 1943 Professor of History and Professor of Native American Studies, Dartmouth College 


Peter Drummey

Stephen T. Riley Librarian, Massachusetts Historical Society

Laura S. Fisher*

Senior Vice President, Special Projects, Allegheny Conference on Community Development; Founding Executive Director, French and Indian War 250


Eliga H. Gould

Professor, and Chair, Department of History, University of New Hampshire

Sean Kelleher*

Historian, Town of Saratoga and Village of Victory, New York; Past Commissioner, New York State French and Indian War 250th Anniversary Commemoration Commission

Matt J. Schumann*

Adjunct Lecturer, Department of History & Philosophy, Eastern Michigan University

Nathaniel Sheidley, Host Institution Liaison

Historian and Director of Public History, The Bostonian Society/Old State House

* Corresponding member


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