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August programs at Minute Man National Historical Park 2018

Female park ranger on left stands with a Nathaniel Hawthorne reenactor
Ranger and Nathaniel Hawthorne infront of The Wayside


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News Release Date: July 23, 2018

Contact: Phil Lupsiewicz, 978-318-7833

Concord, MA. Summer continues and August happenings at Minute Man National Historical Park have something for everyone. Lend a hand Wednesdays & Fridays in the park, Concord-Carlisle high school students present a program on the lives of teenagers who grew up in The Wayside. What was colonial justice like in mid-century colonial Massaschusetts, get your favorite pup out for a walk along the Battle Road and discover the world of Revolutionary Dogs. Plus a whole lot more.
Resource Stewardship
If you have two hours to spare on Wednesdays or Fridays in August, we could use your help. Join the resource team for two hours and help us rehabilitate and restore the parks natural and cultural resources. Projects and locations vary, so check our website for more information.
Locations vary week to week, Lexington, Lincoln, Concord,  MA.
Time: Wednesdays and Fridays , August, 2018 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee Information: FREE

The Wayside Living History Players Present!
Experience the living history program developed by Concord high school students celebrating the lives of the teenagers who grew up in The Wayside.  Let them take you through their home as it was during different periods of time from 1775 - 1900.  Ask the students what it was like to prepare and present the program based on more than two hundred years of history.  
The Wayside, 455 Lexington Road, Concord, MA.
Time: Saturday,
August 4th, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. & Sunday, August 5th, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
Fee Information: FREE

A Visit by Nathaniel Hawthorne, followed by Authoring a Nation: A Hawthorne Neighborhood Walking Tour
Meet Nathaniel Hawthorne, and then explore the neighborhood where Nathanial Hawthorne, Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry David Thoreau lived and worked. Discover how their writings helped develop a unique American identity. The walk is almost one mile. Please wear comfortable shoes. 45-60 minutes.
The Wayside, 455 Lexington Road, Concord, MA.

Time: Sunday, August 12th, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Walking tour at 1:30 p.m.
Fee Information: FREE

Colonial Justice
What crimes came before the local Magistrate in the early 1770s? Come to Hartwell Tavern and meet the Magistrate and the Constable as well as a motley group of offenders (portrayed by the Guild of Historic Interpreters). Will the defendents the fined, sentenced to community service, or be exonerated? You will have a say in the matter!
Location: Hartwell Tavern, 106 North Great Road, Lincoln MA
Time: Saturday, August  18th,  2018 at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 1:45 p.m.
Fee Information: FREE

The British Redcoat
Why were the Regulars in Massachusetts? Why did they come to Concord? What happened on April 19, 1775 from the perspective of the King's Army? Join Park Ranger Roger Fuller to explore the answers to these questions.
Location: Minute Man Visitor Center, 2A Lexington, MA
Time:  Sunday, August 19th 2018 at 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m.
Fee Information: FREE

Revolutionary Dogs: "Paws for the Cause!" at Minute Man Visitor Center
Join Park Ranger Roger Fuller for a forty-five minute walk on the Battle Road to explore the lives of dogs in colonial America, and in the Revolution. The tour starts at Minute Man Visitor Center and goes to Paul Revere Capture Site, about half a mile, with four stops along the way. The walk is open to all. You are welcome to bring along your well-behaved, friendly dog, too.
Location: Route 2A, Lexington, MA.
Time: Friday, August 26th 2018 at 2:00 p.m. 45 minutes in length
Fee Information: FREE

Evening Bird Walk.
Enjoy a pleasant evening 3/4 mile walk on the Battle Road Trail. We will watch for locally nesting species like Baltimore Oriole, Killdeer and Cedar Waxwing, various flycatchers and woodpeckers and possibly some early fall migrants. The walk will culminate on the Elm Brook boardwalk where we will watch for migrating Common Nighthawks! Bring binoculars if you have them; leader will also bring a spotting scope for close views. For more information about program, contact Kathy Dia, Park Volunteer, at 617-480-5103. In case of inclement weather, call North Bridge Visitor Center at 978-318-7810.
Location_ Brooks Village lot, 1175 Lexington Road (Route 2A) at the Concord/Lincoln town line
Time: Thursday August 30th 2018 at 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Fee Information: FREE        

To learn more about this and other park offerings of Minute Man National Historical Park and the National Park Service, including the Junior Ranger program, The Wayside, ranger-led tours, and upcoming special events stop by the Minute Man Visitor Center at 2A, Lexington, MA, or contact Minute Man National Historical Park at (978) 369-6993, or visit                                                                     


Last updated: July 26, 2018

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