The (Twitter) Ride of Paul Revere


Listen, my children, and you shall hear

Of the Twitter Ride of Paul Revere…

-not Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Tonight, Hstry, a Boston-based ed tech startup with Belgian roots, will be recreating Paul Revere’s famous ride from Boston to Lexington on Twitter.

Starting at 8 p.m, the company, which has partnered with The Paul Revere House, will use the Twitter account @PaulRevere1734 and the hashtag #Revere to re-enact the events of the evening of April 18, 1775, as they actually happened more than 200 years ago.

“It’s going to be as if Paul Revere had Twitter and a smartphone while he conducted his midnight ride,” said Hstry co-founder and chief executive Thomas Ketchell.

“We’ve taken some liberties in the fact that ‘he’ is writing in the first person perspective,” Ketchell added. While the Twitter event starts at 8, the actual ride doesn’t begin until 10 p.m. (and ends with the “Shot Heard Round the World” at Lexington Green the next morning).

So what to expect starting at 8 p.m.? “He’s trying to lay low and avoid the British, and he’s got to reach Samuel Adams and John Hancock so he has to go to Lexington before the British arrive,” Ketchell explained.

The tweets will be sent out of The Paul Revere House, but some of the actual people re-enacting the ride tonight may be engaging with the Twitter feed as well.

A preview for what tonight’s event might look like is available on Hstry’s website.

The company just moved to Boston two months ago to be part of the LearnLaunchX ed tech accelerator. Hstry has been re-enacting historical events through the medium of social media timelines for the past year, including Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s climb of Mount Everest and a World Cup Final. Their re-creation of London’s Great Smog in December went viral, Ketchell said. The Paul Revere recreation will be the first event the startup has done in the U.S.

The company will be officially launching its digital learning tools next month, building lesson plans and teacher packs around historical re-enactments.


The Twitter ride went well on Friday. Here is one of the last tweets from @PaulRevere1734 tweeting the start of the Revolution with the first shots fired in Lexington.

Dennis Keohane was a Senior Staff Writer for BetaBoston.
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