Patriots’ Day

Monday, April 18, 2016, 9:00-5:00



Make the Concord Museum—a gateway to Concord's history—part of your family’s 2016 Patriots’ Day tradition as we commemorate “the shot heard ‘round the world” with activities for visitors of all ages. 

Explore the Concord Museum’s outstanding collection of treasures from April, 1775 including the famous “one, if by land, two, if by sea” Revere lantern; a sword from one of the soldiers of the British 10th Regiment; the sword of Minuteman James Barrett; a pair of pistols belonging to Major John Buttrick, the officer in the Concord Militia who gave the order to fire; and a fife played by a young boy. In the “Defending Concord” history gallery, discover the part these objects played in the events of the fateful day that began an eight-year fight for independence.

Concord Museum Patriots’ Day activities are made possible in part with the generous support of the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati

 

Saturday, April 16

Patriotic Crafts
9:00 – 5:00

Try your hand at making a tricorn hat, creating a sachet, or writing with a quill pen. Free with Museum admission, Members free.


Colonial Games

11:00 – 4:00

Have fun 18th-century style with colonial-era games like Graces and Jacob’s Ladder. Free with Museum admission, Members free.


Revolutionary War Living History: “Armed as According to Law”
1:00 – 5:00

Captain David Brown’s company—a group of Concord Minute Men who fought at the North Bridge in 1775—assembles on the lawn of the Museum from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 16. Visit with the Company, watch musket demonstrations, cartridge rolling, cooking, and other preparations for battle, and learn about militia duty in colonial Massachusetts and what it meant to be “armed as according to law.” Free.

 

“Men of Concord” Gallery Talk
2:00

Take a closer look at the artworks in our new exhibition, N. C. Wyeth’s Men of Concord, with Concord Museum Curator David Wood in this 20-minute talk. Free with Museum admission, Members free.


Sunday, April 17

Patriotic Crafts
12:00 – 5:00

Try your hand at making a tricorn hat, creating a sachet, or writing with a quill pen. Free with Museum admission, Members free.

Colonial Games
12:00 – 4:00

Have fun 18th-century style with colonial-era games like Graces and Jacob’s Ladder. Free with Museum admission, Members free.

“A View of the Town of Concord” Painting: Henry David Thoreau’s Perspective
2:00

Go back in time as we look at Henry David Thoreau’s notes on this painting depicting April 19, 1775 and the mystery about its artist. Free with Museum admission, Members free.


Revealing the Past through Modern Archaeology: Parker’s Revenge
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

How much can we learn from the physical remnants of a short but significant battle, over 240 years after it occurred? Project Archaeologist Meg Watters, PhD., will share the discoveries from a remarkable project at Minute Man National Historical Park (MMNHP). Sponsored by the Friends of the Minute Man Historical Park, the project explored the battle of Parker’s Revenge, a skirmish during which Captain John Parker and the Lexington militia faced a much larger British force on April 19, 1775, for a second time that day. Meg Watters, Jim Hollister, Education Coordinator at MMNHP, and Concord Museum Curator David Wood will discuss the cutting-edge archaeological methods that delineated the battlefield site and share artifacts that were witness to the revolutionary activities of April 19.

Free. Reserve a space
online or call 978-369-9763, ext. 216.


Monday, April 18

Patriots' Day

Patriotic Crafts
9:00 – 5:00

Try your hand at making a tricorn hat, creating a sachet, or writing with a quill pen. Free with Museum admission, Members free.

Colonial Games
11:00 – 4:00

Have fun 18th century style with colonial era games like Graces and Jacob’s Ladder. Free with Museum admission, Members free.

 

Revolutionary Clothing
11:00 – 4:00

Imagine yourself as a young gentlemen or lady in 1775 by trying on colonial-style garments. Free with Museum admission, Members free.

Spinning in the Galleries
11:00-4:00

Learn about colonial era spinning in this enjoyable demonstration by Museum Interpreter Sarah McDonough. Free with Museum admission, Members free.


Collection Spotlight
11:00-4:00

What types of muskets were available in 1775? Learn more with Museum Interpreter Shane Clarke about the muskets used during the Battles of Lexington and Concord. Ongoing; Free with Museum admission, Members free. 

“Revolutionary Women” Gallery Talk
2:00

Museum Educator Anna Marie Bracco will present a fascinating look at the women of 1775 Concord. Free with Museum admission, Members free.  

 



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