Past Exhibition

Beyond Midnight: Paul Revere

September 6, 2019 - January 12, 2020

The patriot, silversmith, and entrepreneur Paul Revere was forever immortalized in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s 1861 poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride,” but his genuine accomplishments are often eclipsed by the legend of the midnight journey.

The patriot, silversmith, and entrepreneur Paul Revere was forever immortalized in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s 1861 poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride,” but his genuine accomplishments are often eclipsed by the legend of the midnight journey. This groundbreaking exhibition featuring more than 150 objects re-examines Revere’s life, transforming visitors’ understanding of the innovative businessman through an in-depth exploration of his accomplishments as a silversmith, printmaker, and pioneering copper manufacturer. Organized by the American Antiquarian Society, it draws from their unparalleled collection of Revere engravings, and also includes glimmering silver tea services; commonplace objects such as shoe buckles, thimbles, and medical tools; and important public commissions such as a bronze courthouse bell, all of which reveal facets of this versatile artisan’s career. (Coordinated at New-York Historical by Debra Schmidt Bach, curator of decorative arts.)

Families enjoy kid-friendly labels that explore Revere's time as a Revolutionary War spy and a story corner featuring Revere-themed children's books. 

An in-depth book accompanies the exhibition and is available for purchase in the NYHistory Store

Beyond Midnight: Paul Revere is on display in the Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History.

This exhibition was organized by the American Antiquarian Society.

Major support is provided by: CHAViC, Center for Historic American Visual Culture, AAS; Henry Luce Foundation; and Richard C. Von Hess Foundation.

Exhibition Highlights

Exhibitions at New-York Historical are made possible by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, the Evelyn & Seymour Neuman Fund, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. WNET is the media sponsor.

  • NYC Cultural Affairs
  • NY Council on the Arts

Media sponsor:

  • WNET New York Public Media