J. L. BELL is a Massachusetts writer who specializes in (among other things) the start of the American Revolution in and around Boston. He is particularly interested in the experiences of children in 1765-75. He has published scholarly papers and popular articles for both children and adults. He was consultant for an episode of History Detectives, and contributed to a display at Minute Man National Historic Park.

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Friday, September 04, 2009

Dueling Events on 26 September

Families have a plethora of historically flavored events to choose from on Saturday, 26 September.

Battle Road Open House
Minute Man National Historical Park

10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
The park celebrates National Public Lands Day with a rare opportunity to see inside the restored colonial homes along the Battle Road Trail: the Meriam House, Sam Brooks House, Noah Brooks Tavern, Job Brooks House, Capt. William Smith House, and Jacob Whittemore House. People will demonstrate different colonial trades. There will be no fee for the ranger-guided tours of The Wayside: Home of Authors; those tours are limited to ten visitors at a time, so you can reserve in advance by calling 978-318-7863.

Sudbury Muster and Colonial Faire
Longfellow’s Wayside Inn, Sudbury

10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
The Sudbury Companies of Militia and Minute and the Sudbury Ancient Fyfe and Drum Companie host their annual gathering of fife and drum corps from across New England, with special guests from elsewhere in North America and occasionally from Europe as well. There are also children’s games, cooking and crafts demonstrations, and vendors of everything from hot dogs to books and hand-sewn clothing.

Book Signing: Road to Revolution
Paul Revere House, Boston’s North End

1:00 P.M.
Stan Mack and Susan Champlin are creators of the lively new graphic novel Road to Revolution, about a couple of teenagers caught up in army-occupied Boston. They visited the Paul Revere House in researching the book, and this Saturday they return to talk about the process of developing a historical graphic novel, read from their book, and sign copies. (Looks like the most up-to-date listing of events at the Paul Revere House is its Facebook page.)

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