Paul Revere (1735 - 1818) was an American patriot best known for riding on a borrowed horse from Boston to Lexington on April 18, 1775 to warn the colonists that British troops were approaching. The next day, when the British arrived in Lexington, the colonial minutemen were waiting for them.
"The Regulars are coming! The Regulars are coming!" Be sure to turn your speakers on before arriving at this animated slide show describing Revere's famous ride. "Paul Revere had an illustrious career as an engraver, silversmith, watchmaker and solider, but above all we will always remember him as a patriot and folk hero in the name of freedom." Although there are no links to more Paul Revere resources from this page, you'll find more searching for "Paul Revere" in the site search box.
"I, Paul Revere, of Boston, in the colony of the Massachusetts Bay in New England; of lawful age, do testify and say; that I was sent for by Dr. Joseph Warren, of said Boston, on the evening of the 18th of April, about 10 o'clock ..." Read about the events of April 18, 1775 as written by Revere himself. The colonial language can be a bit difficult to follow, but as you read this, consider how Revere's account of that night differs from the famous Longfellow poem.
This virtual museum and Teacher's Guide was created by fifth-grade teacher Kimberly Hamilton more than ten years ago. So, although the site navigation feels a bit dated, the content is still first rate! The exhibits are divided into five halls, each with an offline activity or two. Start with Paul Revere's Ride (Exhibit Hall 1) and pass through The REAL Story, Colonial Boston, Ride with Paul Revere and Music of the Revolutionary War. Suggested class activities include reading Longfellow's poem aloud, making a paper model of the Revere House, and writing new lyrics to Yankee Doodle or God Save the King.
Created by the Boston University Graduate History Club, the Paul Revere Project is a "resource that combines both basic facts and in-depth research about the famous Boston silversmith." Their goal was to be both interesting to beginners, and useful for those wanting to explore Paul Revere in more depth. Categories include Midnight Ride, Documents, Just Facts and Popular Myths. For example, did you know that Paul Revere was not alone on his Midnight Ride of fame? He was accompanied by two other colonists: William Dawes and Samuel Prescott.
Paul Revere's small wooden home in Boston's North End is one of the city's oldest buildings. This National Landmark site is my pick of the day because it includes photos of the house, a Revere biography, and lots of details about Revere's famous ride. The best clicks, however, are in Just for Kids. They include a printable Paul Revere crossword puzzle, ideas for classroom activities, and a colonial-era recipe for dried apple snacks.