by Lin Nulman, Historic Site Educator
We've had a wonderful summer of visitors so far at King's Chapel.
Cheryl created her own family reunion in the box pew of Senator Charles Sumner, who is an ancestor. She has his name tattooed on the sole of her foot!
In 2021, we hosted a fascinating virtual talk about Sumner by Park Ranger Meaghan Michel, in cooperation with the National Park Service. "Let Me Be All Yours": The Romantic Friendship of Charles Sumner & Samuel Gridley Howe" is available online.
Boston's Harborfest celebration ran this year from June 30 through July 4, and we welcomed almost 5000 visitors to the chapel, many of whom were walking the Freedom Trail and enjoying the historic sites. It was fun to have the Harborfest volunteers as visitors, as they contributed extra "stepping back in time" vibe to beautiful 18th-century King's Chapel.
This past week, I was lucky enough to give a tour to a metal artist, who admired the chapel's stonework and old wood, and then was, of course, especially "into" the 1816 Revere and Son Foundry bell. And got into the bell literally, too!
The History Program staff has every reason to look forward to the second half of summer.
King's Chapel History Program
Dive deeper into King's Chapel's 337 year history on the History Program blog.