Went on a preview tour of the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum today. Here’s the part where you get to chuck tea into the harbor.
We had a pretty big press event at the museum today to help the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum celebrate the return of the Robinson Tea Chest and to gear up for their opening on June 26th. This is the view from the Lower Gallery at Old South.
I spent the day working on a teacher workshop - this means taking photos and editing them so I can provide images to teachers on the handouts they receive (PDF document on a USB drive).
These are both one of my favorite, and one of the worst, hands-on objects we have at the museum. They are tea bricks and while they are tea (and an awesome way to get smell into learning) they would never have been loaded on to ships for transport to the colonies. These tea bricks would have been sent by overland routes, aka the Silk Road, to the Middle East for consumption. Tea being shipped via ocean routes was loaded into lead lined crates and would arrive with the consistency of peat moss due to an inability to create water tight seals.
And that’s why I hate these suckers - they take way too much time to explain and I can’t stand people walking away thinking they were dumping tea bricks into Boston Harbor in December 1773.