Friends of Minute Man National Park
Preserving the Birthplace of the American Revolution
75 in '75: Patriots' Day Countdown
Presented by The April 19th History Coalition

On February 3, 2022, the April 19th History Coalition launched the 75 in '75: Patriots’ Day Countdown on Facebook and Instagram. Each day until Patriots’ Day, Monday, April 18th, Coalition members will feature a new historical fact or museum object that helps tell the story of the day the American Revolution began. Find these posts by searching social media for #75facts and #Patriotsdaycountdown

The April 19th History Coalition is a collaboration of historic sites, museums, town, state and federal government agencies with connections to the events of April 19, 1775. The collaboration works to create and share historical content through online and social media in support of the annual Patriots’ Day events. Members include Minute Man National Historical Park, Friends of Minute Man National Park, Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area, Concord Museum, Lexington Historical Society, Revolution 250, Arlington Historical Society, Bedford Historical Society, Lexington Celebrations Committee, and others.
All ages are welcome to this February Vacation Event!

Saturday, February 19, 2022
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Online demonstration on Zoom
FREE and open to the public; register below

Join us for a free online wool felting demonstration. Fiber artist and Minute Man volunteer, Martine Gorlier, will demonstrate how wool is transformed into a beautiful felted fedora hat. Using wool from the herd of Ouessant sheep at Minute Man, Martine will show us the process including washing, carding, roving, felting, and sculpting the raw wool.

The wool of miniature Ouessant sheep is ideal for felting. Minute Man National Historical Park hosts a herd of sheep in cooperation with Breton Meadow Farm and Codman Community Farms, both of Lincoln, MA.

To register or for more information, please click on the button below.
Winter Lecture is Now Available Online!

We had an amazing turnout for our annual winter lecture featuring noted historian and author, Don N. Hagist. Don presented "The British Soldiers Who Came to Concord" and shared his extensive demographic research on British sergeants, corporals, drummers, fifers, and private soldiers. His descriptions brought these soldiers to life and now you can watch the presentation on our Facebook page.

To view the lecture, please click on the link below.
Winterberry and Bittersweet: Part 1
Which one is winterberry?

Written by Kiah Walker, Biologist at Minute Man National Historical Park

Winterberry (Ilex verticillata) and Asian bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus) grow throughout Minute Man National Historical Park. Both retain their bright red fruits in winter, providing a food source for birds and other wildlife. However, winterberry is a native shrub that grows near wetlands, while bittersweet is an invasive vine that often wraps itself around other plants. Bittersweet also has a distinctive yellow sheath enclosing each red fruit, which dries and splits open when ripe.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article in our March email newsletter which explains the invasive nature of bittersweet and why birds prefer winterberry.

Can you guess which one is winterberry and which one is bittersweet? Click on the link below to find out!
Patriots of Color
February is Black History Month

Between twenty and forty colonists of the approximately 4,000 who fought along the Battle Road on April 19, 1775, were of African descent or Native American. Although excluded from required militia service prior to the war, these individuals of color were the first of many to take up arms between 1775 and 1783. By the end of the conflict, an estimated 5,500 African and Native American men served on the colonial side; Many more served on the side of the British, particularly after the fighting moved south.

Please click on the button below to read more about Patriots of Color on the Minute Man National Historical Park website.
Summer Internships at Minute Man
Minute Man National Historical Park is recruiting energetic, committed young adults for two summer internships. The internship program recruits young adults to work at Minute Man National Historical Park to learn skills, contribute to meaningful park projects, and create experiences that will make them marketable in a career with a public land agency. This summer, the park will host a Cultural Resources Diversity intern and a Horticultural intern. Click here to learn more.
Beyond Battle Road
Items of interest outside the Park
Don Troiani Exhibit at Museum of the American Revolution
"Liberty: Don Troiani's Paintings of the Revolutionary War" is on display at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, PA now through September 2022. Click here to take a virtual tour of the exhibit.

REV250 Podcast: African-American and Native American Soldiers in the Revolutionary War
Check out the latest podcast from REV250. Ben Remillard talks about his research into the lives and military service of New England's African-American and Native American Revolutionary War soldiers. We learn more about their complex stories, and their lives before, during, and after the war. Click here to listen.
Freedom's Way Revolutionary Stories: Peter Salem
Freedom's Way National Heritage Area is compiling stories about the people, places, events, and objects that relate to the American Revolution in the region. Click here to learn more about Peter Salem, Patriot of Color, as well as other Revolutionary Stories.
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Friends of Minute Man National Park
North Bridge Visitor Center
174 Liberty Street
Concord, MA 01742
P: 978-318-7822
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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