Friends of Minute Man National Park
Preserving the Birthplace of the American Revolution

Holiday Cheer

We know the winter holidays are around the corner when the Garden Club of Concord brings us a wreath! Thank you to the volunteers at the garden club for hanging this lovely wreath on the door of the North Bridge Visitor Center. Look closely and you'll see that it is decorated with a tiny minute man figurine and a cluster of Concord Grapes!

Each year the garden club kindly donates a beautifully designed wreath that brings holiday cheer to staff, visitors, and residents who regularly walk the grounds of the park in the winter. Click here to check out 2020's wreath design and see if you can find the mini minute man and grapes.

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Thank you for your continued dedication to and support of our beautiful Minute Man National Historical Park. Please consider a year-end gift to the Friends of Minute Man annual appeal so that together, we can preserve and protect the birthplace of the American Revolution for generations to come.

Now more than ever, the Park's value as a historical memorial and natural sanctuary is so critical. As we approach the 250th anniversary of April 19, 1775, the Park is busy preparing for record attendance in the years to come and the Friends are playing an active role in supporting the Park's mission.

Join us in showing your support for the Park with a donation to the Friends of Minute Man today. You can donate online by using the button below or mail a check to the Friends of Minute Man National Park, 174 Liberty Street, Concord, MA 01742. We also appreciate donations from Donor Advised Funds.

We thank you for your ongoing support and wish you and your family a safe and healthy holiday season ahead. 

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Trimming the Trees

Marquis Tree was busy trimming trees this fall at the North Bridge. We appreciate the care they take as they work around significant monuments and busy historical areas.

The park encompasses over 1,000 acres so there are many trees to maintain! Trimming and tree removal are often necessary to provide historical views, ensure the health of the trees, and create a safe environment for our visitors.

To view more pictures of the tree removal and learn more about the forests at Minute Man, please click here

A Sensory History of April 19, 1775

Written by By Thompson Dasher, Park Ranger at Minute Man National Historical Park

The five senses have long played a crucial role in how people perceive the world around them. You may remember your own visit to Minute Man NHP from the cool breeze by the Concord River, the smell of pine needles on Fiske Hill, or possibly the sound of a musket firing demonstration at Hartwell Tavern. These sensory memories help define our experiences, and are likely what we will share when recounting them to others. . . Read more.

Image by Laurie Semple McCarthy.

To read more, please click on the button below.

Sensory History

Buttrick Garden Internship

Join us this summer as a paid horticultural intern caring for the Buttrick Gardens. Tasks include caring for flower beds containing a historic iris and daylily collection; planting, weeding, and watering flower beds; pruning trees, shrubs, and vines.

Click here for more information and to apply.

Volunteers for All Seasons

Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor hail keeps our intrepid volunteers from taking care of the grounds at Minute Man National Historical Park! Landscape volunteers meet weekly with park staff to care for the Buttrick Gardens, remove invasive plants, and assist with livestock. Believe it or not, they tend to meet all year long, depending on the weather.

In the picture above, the volunteer crew was working on removing invasive plants in late November when they were surprised by a quick hail storm. But don't worry, nobody was harmed as the hail was described by Ada Fox, Minute Man's Biological Science Technician, as "small, soft snowballs."

Are you looking to get outside this winter? Consider joining the volunteer landscape crew; please contact Kiah Walker, Minute Man's biologist at for more information.

Image by Kiah Walker, Biologist at Minute Man National Historical Park.

To read more and view year-round pictures of the volunteer crew, please click on the button below.

Beyond Battle Road
Items of interest outside the Park

Holiday Celebrations at the Longfellow House

Stroll the halls of the Longfellow House in Cambridge, MA on Friday, December 16 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The house will be decorated in period style and feature special seasonal objects from the site's museum collection. Pick up "take-and-make" crafts and treats for the whole family, and stop by the outdoor selfie station. Free; no reservations required, last entrance to the house is at 7:30 p.m. Click here for more information.

American Heritage Chocolate Historic Fudge Recipe

Need a special dessert for the holidays? Try this delicious historic fudge recipe, a charming take on a classic from the New York Historical Society and American Heritage Chocolate. Click here for the recipe.

REV250 Podcast: Relics of the Boston Tea Party with J. L. Bell

Museums and historical societies all across the nation hold artifacts related to the American Revolution and the cause of American Independence. J.L. Bell, who maintains a blog on Boston in the Revolution, tells us about vials of tea found in museums throughout New England. Click here to listen.

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Friends of Minute Man National Park
North Bridge Visitor Center
174 Liberty Street
Concord, MA 01742
P: 978-318-7822
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The Friends of Minute Man National Park is an independent, member-based
non-profit 501(c)(3) organization supporting the Park's mission of
preserving and protecting the historic sites, structures, properties, and landscapes associated with the opening battles of the American Revolution.

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