Friends of Minute Man National Park
Preserving the Birthplace of the American Revolution
Lecture: “The British Soldiers Who Came to Concord” with Don N. Hagist
Join us for our annual Winter Lecture!

Sunday, February 6, 2022
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Online Lecture: Zoom
FREE and open to the public
Registration required, see below

Join us for an online lecture by Don N. Hagist on “The British Soldiers Who Came to Concord.” Some 700 red-coated soldiers marched from Boston to Concord on April 19, 1775. Who were the men in those uniforms? This talk will describe the ages, places of birth, background, and eventual fate of the British sergeants, corporals, drummers, fifers, and private soldiers who fought in the opening conflict of the Revolutionary War. Meet some of the individuals who enlisted in the British army and came to America to insure peace, only to find themselves thrust into war.

To register or for more information, please click on the link below.
Thanks to your support our year-end appeal was a success!

Thank you to all of our supporters and friends for making 2021 a success and for sustaining us through 2022. Whether you are able to donate, read our newsletters, or like our Facebook posts, we truly appreciate your support.

The Friends is looking forward to another year of grant writing, advocacy, and supporting the park staff in all they do! Stay tuned for more information about Patriot's Day activities, a spring bird walk, and an exciting new website project.

Wishing you a safe and healthy 2022!
Bird Count at Minute Man
Eighteen participants observed thirteen bird species while braving overcast skies and constant drizzle on January 2 for the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Although the birds were a bit elusive this year, we enjoyed warm weather, good company, and lively conversation. Thank you to our leader, Kathy Dia, for sharing her knowledge and love of birding with us!

Click here to read more and see a list of all the species we observed.
A Unique Giving Opportunity
Minute Man National Historical Park is delighted to host a herd of Ouessant sheep in cooperation with Breton Meadow Farm and Codman Community Farms, of Lincoln, MA. Now you can own a beautifully handcrafted fedora made from the wool of these lovely sheep! Thanks to one of our dedicated sheep volunteers, Martine Gorlier, each hat is handmade and unique - reflecting the color of the sheep it was made from! The custom-made hats also come with removable ear warmers to keep you warm and cozy this winter. 

The wool fedoras are sold by Martine for $300 each and she donates 100% of the proceeds to the Friends of Minute Man National Park. We are restricting the donated funds for the care and maintenance of the Ouessant herd including feed and veterinary visits. So far, Martine has sold 4 hats and donated $1200 to the Friends! Read more or purchase a hat.

Image (left to right, clockwise): A handmade wool fedora; April and her lamb in spring 2021; Martine Gorlier, park volunteer, with the Ouessant herd and wearing one of her handmade hats.

To read more, or learn how to order your very own Minute Man fedora, please click on the link below.
Colonization and Recolonization:
Beavers at Minute Man National Historical Park
Did you know that beavers were not part of the local landscape at the time of American Revolution? Rather, seventeenth-century colonists overharvested beavers for the profitable fur trade. By 1700, beavers were eliminated from all of Massachusetts except for the northern Berkshires; by the late 1700s they were completely extirpated from the state. Beavers were reintroduced to Massachusetts beginning in 1932. Since then, they have proliferated throughout much of their former range, including Minute Man National Historical Park. . . Read more.

Written by Kiah Walker, Biologist at Minute Man National Historical Park. Image: a small beaver dam made of sticks and mud in one of Minute Man National Historical Park's wetland areas, photo by Kiah Walker; inset, a stock photograph of a beaver.

To read more, please click on the link below.
A New Take on an Old Question
Check out the latest issue of Discover Concord magazine to read "Who Won the Battle of Lexington and Concord?" written by Minute Man's own park ranger Jim Hollister. There's no easy answer to the question as Jim notes that "neither side considered the events of that day a victory."

Enjoy Winter at the Park
There’s something magical about a winter’s day. Come and spend some time outdoors! Minute Man National Historical Park grounds, including the Battle Road Trail, are open all winter from dawn till dusk. However, you will notice from these photos that we do not plow the trails allowing for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and hiking. Whatever your preferred mode of perambulation please be careful. The parking lots are plowed but are still icy in spots.

When visiting the park keep pets on a leash, be respectful of the park and other visitors, and carry out anything you carry in, including pet waste.
Intern at Minute Man!
Latino Heritage Internship: A full-time, paid summer position with Minute Man National Historical Park. The intern will prepare a Trails Management Plan/Story Map for a segment of trail within the park.

Non-Profit Management Internship: A flexible part-time, paid spring position with the Friends of Minute Man National Park. The intern will prepare social media posts and newsletter articles in addition to assisting with fundraising and outreach.
Beyond Battle Road
Items of interest outside the Park
REV250 Podcast: Mercy Otis Warren and the Women of the American Revolution
Check out the latest podcast from REV250. Rosemarie Zagarri of George Mason University, author of a Mercy Otis Warrren biography, tells us about the Revolution's poet and historian. Click here to listen.
"Shot Heard Round the World": a New Interactive Website by the Concord Museum
This interactive timeline uses text, sound, and images to present the story of April 19, 1775, the day that the “shot heard round the world” was fired, beginning the American Revolution. Click here to view.

Free Colonial Crafts at the Lexington Historical Society
Drop in to the Buckman Tavern between 11 AM and 2 PM on Saturdays in January and February for a free family craft or activity including butter making, colonial toys and more. Click here to learn more.
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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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