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Patriots’ Day Weekend
April 15, 2019 at 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Rendezvous for Revolution at the Concord Museum! Make the Concord Museum part of your Patriots’ Day tradition!
Join us for a Minute Man encampment with Billerica Colonial Minute Men (Saturday, April 13), gallery talks, collection spotlights, dances, music, activities, and art-making. The Rasmussen Education Center is open Saturday, April 13 through Monday, April 15 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., with special activities ongoing. Free with Museum admission, members free.
On Monday, April 15, as Concord’s Annual Patriots’ Day Parade heads through the center of town, make sure to stop by historic Wright Tavern from 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.! Free. (The Wright Tavern address is: 2 Lexington Road, Concord, MA 01742.)
Monday, April 15, 2019
9:00 A.M. Concord Patriots’ Day Parade begins
9:00 – 1:00 P.M. Wright Tavern Open House
As the Concord Annual Patriots’ Day Parade heads through the center of town, make sure to stop by historic Wright Tavern from 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. for some fun and games! Play colonial games, make your own tricorne hat, and learn about the history of Wright Tavern, constructed in 1747, and the role the tavern played on April 19, 1775. Free.
9:30 – 12:00 P.M. Fife performances in historic Wright Tavern
Listen to the battle cries of revolution from fifer Donald Heminitz. Learn what it would have been like as a young Concord resident, too young to fight in battle but eager to protect his family and home. Free.
12:00 – 1:00 P.M. Hill Burying Ground Walking Tour from Wright Tavern
Take a walk from Wright Tavern to the Hill Burying Ground to get the same view of Concord depicted in the View of the Town of Concord by Amos Doolittle. Learn about the events of April 19, 1775 and how the colonists and the British experienced the first official battle of the American Revolution. Free.
10:00 – 4:00 P.M. Inspiring Revolution with Art
Who do you want to carry with you into battle? Many of the young people who defended the colonies and fought the British army had never been away from home before. Keeping a picture of their mom, wife, or child around their neck or in their pocket helped them feel less homesick and remember who they are fighting for. Make a Pocket Portrait of a loved one to inspire you to keep fighting for what you believe in! Free with museum admission, members free.
10:00 – 4:00 P.M. Quill Pen Writing and Feather Quill Making
Try your hand at using a feather quill and ink to write like a revolutionary! Then make your own to take home. Free with Museum admission, members free.
1:00 – 3:00 P.M. Colonial Dance workshop with Ruth Levin
Gather in the Churchill and Janet Franklin Lyceum to dance to the Minuet Step, Marmaduke’s Hornpipe and other social dances that entertained and connected the people of Concord and relieved the stress of revolution. Free with Museum admission, members free.
Ongoing. Collections Spotlight in April 19th Gallery at the Concord Museum
Drop by and discover why the British Regulars marched towards Concord on April 19, 1775. Learn more about the colonial militia’s supplies and arms hidden in Concord prior to the first battle of the American Revolution. Free with Museum admission, members free.
7:00 – 8:00 PM The Revolution’s Odd Couple: Sam Adams and John Hancock
Join us as we mark Patriots Day 2019 with historian William M. Fowler, Jr. who will give a talk on two revolutionary leaders, John Hancock and Sam Adams. Earlier in his career, Professor Fowler wrote biographies of each man: The Baron of Beacon Hill: A Biography of John Hancock and Samuel Adams: Radical Puritan. Members $5; Non-members $10. Register here.
Patriots’ Day might be ending, but the Revolution is just beginning!
A Revolutionary Duo
Friday, April 26 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM
Join the Concord Museum to wrap up our Patriots’ Day celebrations with a screening of A Revolutionary Duo – two short films investigating the war-time contributions of three New England residents during the Revolutionary War. After the screening, hear from the filmmaker, Maureen Taylor, and Pam Pacelli Cooper, owner of Verissima Productions as they discuss the process of turning non-fiction into a documentary. Free. Register here.