Center for 18th Century Life

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.


Workshop Presentations

Presentations from our volunteer workshops will be posted here as they come available.

“The Improvement of the Militia in General in the Art Military Has Been Therefore Thought Necessary” - A Review of the Militia Laws and Regulations on the Eve of Lexington and Concord, by Alex Cain


Winter Classes, Lectures and Workshops - 2017 schedule
For more information, email or call (978) 318 - 7829
Updates will be posted on our Facebook page.

Minute Man NHP offers a series of lectures and workshops focused on relative historical content and the material culture of 18th Century New England. These workshops are an extremely valuable tool in preparing for Battle Road, and the upcoming campaign season.

Minute Man NHP and Concord Museum Volunteer Training Workshop
Saturday, January 14, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

10:00 – 11:15 a.m. Wright Tavern Open House – This iconic landmark in Concord center saw much use in the months leading up to the outbreak of war in April of 1775. Committees from the Provincial Congress met here to discuss military preparations and it played an important role during the British occupation on April 19, 1775.

  • Parking: Wright Tavern is located at 20 Lexington Rd, Concord MA on the ground of First Parish Church. Enter through the side door facing First Parish church. Please park on the street or in public lots in Concord Center (There is a public lot on the corner of Keyes Rd and Main St behind the Middlesex Saving Bank, 64 Main St). Please do NOT park in the First Parish driveway or lots – these spots are reserved for church functions and are not available for Wright Tavern events.

Afternoon sessions at Concord Museum

  • Parking: Concord Museum is located at 53 Cambridge Turnpike, Concord MA. There is a small parking lot at the museum and plenty of on-street parking along Cambridge Turnpike and Lexington Rd. Carpooling is highly encouraged.

11:45 a.m. Greetings and Introduction, Jim Hollister, Minute Man NHP, and Leah Walczak, Concord Museum

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Armed as According to Law: Militia Arms and Equipment of 1775 Presenters: part 1: Alex Cain, part 2: Joel Bohy and David Wood
Popular myth says the militiamen of 1775 were indifferently armed with “anything they could get their hands on.” The reality is much more complicated and interesting. Part 1 will explore the requirements of Massachusetts Provincial Law, and the provisions individual towns made to arm and equip their soldiers. Part 2 will focus on actual arms and accoutrements with April 19th provenance and what can be learned from them.

1:15 – 2:15 p.m. Lexington Green and North Bridge In-depth
Presenter: Jim Hollister, Park Ranger, Interpretation & Education, Minute Man NHP
These two important actions on April 19, 1775 are iconic in American History. How much do we really know about them? How do we make sense of the various and conflicting accounts from veterans and witnesses? How did the history change over time?

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. The Middling Sort: Considerations when building a middle class living history impression for 1775
Henry Cooke, Historical Costuming Services, and Emily Murphy, Park Historian, Salem Maritime NHS.

The wealthy appear in portraits. The poor appear in cartoons and runaway ads. How did everyone else, freeholding farmers, master artisans, and respectable women dress in 1775? This session will cover some of what we know and explore sources of information.

3:30 - 4:30 Break-out sessions: Cheap and Easy Ways to Exceed Battle Road Standards
• Neckwear – Ruth Hodges, Adam Hodges LeClaire and Audrey Stuck-Girard
• Living history basics / kit tuning for women – Sue Felshin and Emily Murphy
• Living history basics / kit tuning for men – Henry Cooke and Jim Hollister


Partnering Organizations

Concord Museum
The Ladies of Refined Taste



Battle Road Authenticity Standards

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

Historical Nerdery
This blog is hosted by historian Alex Cain. Alex has published several research articles relevant to New England militias and loyalists during the American Revolution. He has published two books - "We Stood Our Ground: Lexington in the First Year of the American Revolution (2nd Edition)" and "I See Nothing but the Horrors of a Civil War".

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


Last updated: January 17, 2017

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North Bridge Visitor Center / Park Head Quarters
174 Liberty St.

Concord, MA 01742


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