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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Monday, September 05, 2016

September Events at Minute Man National Historical Park

Minute Man National Historical Park has a busy schedule of events for the rest of the month. They’re all free, and I’m definitely going to attend the last one.

Sunday, 11 September
Revolutionary Dogs walking tour from the visitor center at the Lexington/Lincoln line, 2:00 P.M.
Colonial Music at Hartwell Tavern, 2:40 P.M.

Saturday, 17 September
Battle Road Homes Open House, 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
The Lincoln Minute Men will be drilling at the Captain William Smith House, “Sophia Hawthorne” will greet visitors at the Wayside, and other homes will host historic tradesmen.

Sunday, 18 September
Amos Doolittle, Combat Artist walking tour from Old Hill Burying Ground, Concord, 2:00 P.M.

Saturday, 24 September
Warlike Preparations at the Barrett Farm, 455 Barrett’s Mill Road, Concord, 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

Sunday, 25 September
The British Redcoat at the Lexington/Lincoln visitor center, 1:00 and 3:00 P.M.

Thursday, 29 September
“Cannons in Concord, and Why the Regulars Came Looking” at the Lexington/Lincoln visitor center, 7:00 P.M.

Massachusetts’s military preparation in 1774-75 went beyond militia elections and infantry drills. The Provincial Congress also assembled an artillery force, with several cannon and mortars stored in Concord—including the “Hancock” gun now on display at the North Bridge visitor center.

J. L. Bell, author of The Road to Concord, describes how those cannon came to the town, how Gen. Thomas Gage learned about them, and what happened next.

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