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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Thursday, June 02, 2011

Celebrating Boston Common, 6 June

The Friends of the Public Gardens and a bunch of nearby historic organizations celebrating the history of Boston Common on Monday, 6 June, from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. They’re particularly inviting area schools to this “Making History Day,” honoring America’s “first public park.”

Here are some of the organizations scheduled to be at the event:
  • Wampanoag Nation Singers and Dancers
  • Historic New England: Colonial Games and Trades
  • Codman Family Farms: Meet an Animal
  • Freedom Trail Foundations: Colonial Punishments
  • The Commonwealth Vintage Dancers
  • Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company
  • The Fifty-Fourth Massachusetts Regiment
Above is a reproduction of Christian Remick’s view of the Common in 1768, looking from modern Tremont Street up the slope toward John Hancock’s mansion and the beacon on Beacon Hill at upper right.

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