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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Upcoming Talks and Appearances

2 June 2016, 5:30 P.M.: Book Launch for The Road to Concord: How Four Stolen Cannon Ignited the Revolutionary War at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston. Reception starts at 5:30, presentation at 6:00, signing to follow. As part of this program, the U.S. Postal Service will unveil its stamp commemorating the sestercentennial of the Stamp Act crisis.

4 June 2016, 11:00 A.M.: Dedication of a Cannon Statue on Dorchester Heights, South Boston.

9-12 June 2016: “Four Stolen Cannon and the Start of the Revolutionary War,” at the 2nd Annual Fort Plain Museum American Revolution Conference, Fulton Montgomery Community College, Johnstown, New York.

17 June 2016, 1:00 P.M.: Rededication of the “Adams” Cannon at Bunker Hill Monument, Charlestown.

7 July 2016, 6:00 P.M.: “The Road to Concord: How Massachusetts Moved toward War in 1774-75,” Isaac Winslow House, 634 Careswell Street, Marshfield.

21 July 2016: Presentation on the Battle of Bunker Hill, in “Mapping Boston’s Role in the American Revolution,” Summer Teacher Institute, Charlestown.

30 July 2016: “How the British Empire Lost New England Seven Months Before the War,” in History Camp Pioneer Valley, Kittredge Center, Holyoke Community College.

31 August 2016, 6:00 P.M.: The Road to Concord lecture and signing, the Society of the Cincinnati’s Anderson House Museum and Library, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.

7 September 2016, 6:00 P.M.: The Road to Concord lecture and signing, American Revolution Round Table of Washington, D.C., Alexandria, Virginia.

17 September 2016: Cambridge Discovery Day walking tour. Details to be determined.

29 September 2016, 7:00 P.M.: “Cannons in Concord,” Minute Man National Historical Park, Lexington.

4 October 2016, 6:00 P.M.: “The Arms Race of 1774,” American Antiquarian Society, Worcester.

13 October 2016, 7:00 P.M.: The Road to Concord lecture and signing, American Revolution Round Table of Morristown, New Jersey.

20 October 2016, 6:30 P.M.: The Road to Concord lecture and signing, Longfellow House–Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site, Cambridge.

8 December 2016, 5:30 P.M.: “The Creation of Rhode Island's Revolutionary Artillery Force,” Newport Historical Society, Newport.

14 December 2016, 7:30 P.M.: “The Road to Concord,” David Library of the American Revolution, Washington’s Crossing, Pennsylvania.

See this page for a (long) list of historical topics J. L. Bell has spoken about.