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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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Meeting the Lexington Militia, 26 March

On Friday, 26 March, the Lexington Historical Society’s Cornelius Cronin Lecture Series will feature Bill Poole (who reenacts the role of Ebenezer Locke) speaking on “The Lexington Militia of April 19, 1775: Up Close and Personal.”

Who were the men present on Lexington common when the British column arrived? What happened to them during and after the Revolutionary War? Where did the young drummer William Diamond end up, and what’s the connection between Benedict Arnold and Sgt. William Munroe?

This talk begins at 8:00 P.M. at the Lexington Depot. It is free and open to the public, and there will even be coffee and dessert.


John L. Smith said...

Another thanks to information I read on Boston 1775: Because of the above blog, I went to the Web site of the Lexington Historical Society and became thrilled with their event activities on April 18-19 (in a few weeks). I'll be traveling from Florida to be present for the Spoken Word presentation, Paul's midnight ride, and the shots-heard-round-the-world reenactment early that Monday. Thank you for your service on event notices too, Mr. Bell!

J. L. Bell said...

I’m glad that link was helpful! There are other regional events related to the anniversary of the outbreak of the Revolutionary war listed at the 150 Years of Paul Revere’s Ride website.

Scott Sawin said...

A historical site in Natick, Massachusetts, known as the "Thomas Sawin Homestead" is being threatened to be demolished or moved from its original location. This house dates back to the early 1700s. Local militia gathered at this home before heading to Lexington on April 19, 1775.

There is an effort to save this historical home from being demolished or moved. My cousin, George Sawin, is spearheading this noble effort to save this house on its original location. We are reaching out to people we feel could help out in any way possible. There will be a gathering at this house on the April 14th in support of saving it where it is. If you have any interest in saving it, please contact me.

See http://www.facebook.com/ThomasSawinHomestead for further details and some pictures. A “Like” click would very much be appreciated.

Thank you,