Boston's North End: The Immigrant Experience


Paul Revere’s North End changed dramatically in the 1800s as Irish, Eastern European and Italian immigrants settled in the colonial dwellings in large numbers. During this program students will discover why as well as what it was like to live in one of the most densely populated communities on earth. Students tour the Paul Revere House discussing immigrants in each room – from the Puritans and enslaved Africans through to the last Italians to roll cigars upstairs. The program continues with a walking tour through the North End’s twisting streets and alleyways. Students hear accounts of children who grew up in the nearby tenements, discovering how they helped support their families by working as “newsies,” trooped to the local bath house with little brothers or sisters in tow, played stickball, and helped tend rooftop gardens. Pre-visit materials provided.

Offered At

The Paul Revere House

The Paul Revere Memorial Association actively preserves and interprets two of Boston’s oldest homes. We provide our increasingly diverse audience with remarkable educational experiences based on historical issues and social history themes relevant to our site, our neighborhood, and Boston from the 17th through the early 20th century.



History, Immigration, 20th Century, Social Studies, Cultural Connections, Speaking & Listening


22 students, Max 8 chap.


90 min.


Field Trip


3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Price Options

$175.00 per Group for School Group

$75.00 per Group for Title I School

$0.00 per Group for City School