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

Join Us for Patriots' Day

Save the Dates April 8 - 19, 2023

Minute Man National Historical Park is excited to present a wide array of Patriots' Day events and activities co-sponsored by the Friends of Minute Man National Park, Freedom's Way National Heritage Area, Middlesex Bank, Tough Ruck, and the Mass Cultural Council.

The in-person activities are free and open to the public from April 8th to April 19th. You can experience time-honored events such as the North Bridge Commemoration, Battle Road reenactments, and Patriot Vigil. We hope to see you there!

To view the full lineup of events, please click on the button below.

Patriots Day

Winter Lecture Recording Now Available

Did you miss our annual winter lecture or want to watch it again? The recording is now available on our Facebook page. We had a great conversation with author Robert Gross and Revolutionary War experts J.L. Bell, Joel Bohy, and Jim Hollister about the new edition of The Minutemen and Their World.

Click here to watch the lecture recording.

Patriots Day Anniversary Hike

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Battle Road, Minute Man National Historical Park

12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Free, Registration required

Join National Park Rangers for an immersive five-mile guided Battle Road trail hike at Minute Man National Historical Park. Follow in the footsteps of the ill-fated British Column during the 248th anniversary of the Concord expedition. This experiential program will bring the stories of the Battle Road to life through guided interpretation and immersive living history elements.

This program is free and open to the public; registration is required. Space is limited, so register early, as this program will sell out fast. Registration will open on March 25, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. Sorry, we are not able to accommodate non-registered participants for this event.

For more information, please click the below button.

Hike Registration

Dakin Fowler Returns to the North Bridge

Written by Jim Hollister, Park Ranger at Minute Man National Historical Park

The Friends of Minute Man recently received a brilliant reproduction of a French fowling piece made by master gunsmith Richard Colton. The gun was purchased through a generous grant from the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati. The original of this weapon, on display at the Concord Museum, was carried by Samuel Dakin Jr. of Lincoln, Massachusetts. Dakin served as a minute man in the company of Captain William Smith on April 19, 1775 and saw combat at Concord’s North Bridge and along the Battle Road. . . Read more

To learn and read more about the reproduction Dakin fowler, click the button below. 

Dakin Fowler

Summer Internships

The park offers several paid student internship opportunities this summer, including part-time summer internships for natural and cultural resource management and a summer training opportunity for local high school students in partnership with The Student Conservation Association.

Click here for more information.

Help Us Get Ready for Patriots' Day

Saturday, April 1, 2023

9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Hartwell Tavern Parking Lot

112 North Great Road, Lincoln, MA.

Free, registration required

Park Day is an annual event where participants help to preserve one of our nation’s most iconic and historic battlefields. Volunteers may take part in removing invasive plants, seeding native plants, caring for orchards, caring for stone walls, maintaining trails, removing trash from the landscape.

Volunteers can register for a morning slot, an afternoon slot, or both! Thank you in advance for pre-registering; we look forward to seeing you.

To learn more or to register, please click the button below.

Park Day

Become a Volunteer!

Do you have a passion for history? Minute Man National Historical Park is looking for Visitor Services volunteers to help staff the visitor centers, give talks at the iconic North Bridge, and greet visitors on the Battle Road Trail from May to October. They also need assistance with crowd control and parking at special events such as Patriots’ Day and Battle Road in April. Please contact park ranger Roger Fuller at for more information.

The Hive

The Concord Armory was buzzing with activity for “The Hive: A Symposium for Living History Interpreters” on a recent weekend in February. Co-sponsored by Minute Man National Historical Park, Friends of Minute Man, Revolution 250, and the Massachusetts Army National Guard, the event was geared toward re-enactors and interpreters of the American Revolution. Participants enjoyed displays, lectures, and break-out sessions at this free event.

To view more pictures of The Hive, please click on the button below.

The Hive

Forest Health Update

While walking in the forest is very restorative to our health, is the forest itself in good health? According to a recent ‘Forest Health Update’ by the National Park Service Northeast Temperate Network, Minute Man National Historical Park's wooded areas are facing several challenges.

Click here to learn more and read the full report.

Beyond Battle Road
Items of interest outside the Park

Discover Concord Magazine: Highlighting Women of Concord

In honor of women's history month, Discover Concord Magazine has a wide range of articles highlighting local women including Phebe Bliss Emerson Ripley (pg.38), Concord's Daughters of the American Revolution (pg.48), Louisa May Allcot (pg.58), and Ellen Garrison (pg.60). We couldn't pick a favorite, so check them all out! Click here to view the Spring 2023 edition.

PBS World's Greatest Cemeteries: Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

Concord's Sleepy Hollow Cemetery was recently featured on the PBS show World's Greatest Cemeteries. This historic cemetery is home to Author's Ridge and the Melvin Memorial by Daniel Chester French, sculptor of the Minuteman statue. Click here to watch the video

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Concord, MA 01742
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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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