The Minute Men prepare to confront the British at the Old North Bridge on Patriots Day. Photo by Jennifer Lord Paluzzi

Minute Man has ambitious plans for 250th Revolution anniversary  

By Betsy Levinson
January 16, 2024

Capitalizing on its historic role in the Revolutionary War, Minute Man National Historical Park unveiled a multi-year plan to highlight the initial battle between the British Regulars and area farmers and beyond. 

The America250 initiative notes that the coming years offer “opportunities for reflection on the shared history of the United States, the nation’s role as a government, and its responsibilities to human rights.” 

The outline stresses that participants in the Concord fight of April 19, 1775, were “incredibly diverse and the aftermath of the battle lasted after the war ended.” 

The “involvement of Lexington, Concord, Lincoln and the greater Boston area in the American Revolution continued throughout the war and beyond,” the document stated. 

The framework will be broken into three phases covering the eight years between now and 2032. 

The Rise to Rebellion 

The first stage is underway. It explores “the people’s right to self-determination.” 

“Eighteenth Century Massachusetts was a complex place filled with widely diverse peoples from different cultural, racial and social backgrounds,” the report says. “When war erupted in 1775, those groups navigated a challenging world on the brink of collapse.” 

At a recent online Historic Topics forum, Park spokesperson Jennifer Pierce pointed to the statement that “people often reach their breaking point when they believe the price of doing nothing is heavier than the risk of doing something.” 

Upcoming events include lectures from the Friends of Minute Man Park on “Drinking with John Hancock” on February 25; “Radical Spirits with Nikki Walsh” on March 24; and a Naturalization Ceremony on May 15 at park headquarters at the Buttrick Mansion. 

From June 1 to October 6, the park presents in-person and digital programs covering the escalating tensions between the colonists and the British. 

“With limited options to protest, ordinary citizens, farmers and freeholders radicalized toward direction action,” the plan states.  

“Tensions finally boiled over in September 1774 following a military raid ordered by Gen. Thomas Gage. Within days, thousands of militia soldiers turned out amid rumors of British soldiers destroying Boston.” 

Throughout the summer, in-person and digital programs follow the path to war. 

The next period spans October to April 19, 2025, and future programs focus on the war years and their aftermath. 

“After eight years of horrific war, the fighting concluded in 1782 leaving many questions unresolved,” the park’s outline states.  

“At 250 years old, the United States reflects on its shared history, role as a government, and responsibilities to human rights. After two and a half centuries we remain engaged with our shared history and commitment to a future where those revolutionary ideals of equality and justice are enjoyed by all.” 

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