• The North Bridge, Concord MA.

    Minute Man

    National Historical Park Massachusetts

Center for 18th Century Life

Provincial militia at Battle Road

Provincial militia at Battle Road

What is The Center for 18th Century Life?
The Center for 18th Century Life is a creative partnership between Minute Man National Historical Park and several 18th century living history organizations dedicated to the advancement of research-based living history.

What is the purpose?

In this unique partnership, the volunteer reenactors and park staff provide the creative drive, historical knowledge, and primary source research to plan and present living history events, and also the training and development necessary for creating and/or improving period impressions.

Meanwhile, the Park, with its many historic structures, landscapes, and interpretive expertise, serves as the forum for the sharing of knowledge and information relative to 18th Century New England, and an evocative venue for living history events. Our goal is to raise the standards of authenticity and interpretive value in living history programming here at the park and elsewhere in New England.

Battle Road Authenticity Standards

See the 1764 Manual Exercise performed by Minute Man NHP Rangers Jim Hollister and Roger Fuller

The Center for 18th Century Life and Battle Road
Battle Road, the largest and most intense of the annual Patriot's Day activities, is also Minute Man NHP's signature event and principle showcase of our living history efforts. The following summary, written in 2011, is an explanation of how all of the coalition partners of The Center for 18th Century Life work together to bring history to life.

Battle Road Summary


 

Winter Classes, Lectures and Workshops - 2015 schedule will be posted soon!

The Hive
The Hive is a series of lectures and workshops focused on the material culture of 18th Century New England, and is an extremely valuable tool in preparing for Battle Road, and the upcoming campaign season.

The Hive is offered by The Ladies of Refined Taste in partnership with Minute Man National Historical Park. The Hive sessions are open to reenactors, Park volunteers and visitors.

 

Partnering Organizations

The Center for 18th Century Life has many partners. Among them are:

The Ladies of Refined Taste

The Guild of Historic Interpreters

The Battle Road Committee

 

HELPFUL LINKS

18th Century New England Life
This site is designed as an accessible archive of helpful information and sources for those who portray the people of New England during the time of the American Revolution.

Battleroad.org
Visit this site for up-to-date participant information regarding Battle Road and other Patriot's Day activities.

Boston 1775
This is the blog hosted by historian J.L. Bell. Here you will find interesting articles and sources relative to the early Revolutionary period.

Massachusetts Historical Society - "The Coming of the American Revolution
Digitized and transcribed primary sources regarding the early Revolutionary period.

 
 

Did You Know?

living history at Hartwell Tavern

The Hartwell family, prosperous farmers, owned and operated the Hartwell Tavern. The Hartwells’ house doubled as a tavern, serving travelers to and from Boston. Living history demonstrations provide a glimpse of life at the time of the Revolution. More...