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A stage for Boston's history hits the small screen, big-time

A History Channel crew filming outside the Old State House for Saturday's show. A History Channel crew filming outside the Old State House for Saturday's show. (PLATE OF PEAS)

A Boston building that was making history even before the United States was created will be featured on the small screen as one of the nation's most significant landmarks.

The History Channel's Emmy Award-winning series, "Save our History" traveled to Massachusetts to produce "Revolution in Boston," which explores the Old State House as well as the African Meeting House as both undergo preservation procedures.

Built in 1713, the Old State House accommodated the government offices of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and when fervor to oppose the British crown was stirred, hosted speeches and stirring debates by patriots. In July 1776, the Declaration of Independence was first announced to the citizens of Boston from the building's balcony. Today, the building is owned by the city and operated by the Bostonian Society, perhaps the city's top historical group.

The History Channel program, hosted by Steve Thomas, takes a detailed look at the rebuilding efforts, while explaining the role the two buildings had in the nation's fight for independence and equality. The show will examine the work done on the northeast corner and the attic of the Old State House, said Brian Le May, the Bostonian Society's executive director. "I've seen rough footage . . . and it promises to be interesting." And it certainly won't hurt tourism in town, he added.

"Revolution in Boston" will air Saturday at 8 p.m. on the History Channel.

MARY ANN GEORGANTOPOULOS

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