Explore the Road to Revolution

11/10/2018 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Minute Man National Historical Park
Jim Hollister, Park Ranger

Explore the Road to Revolution

Saturday, November 10, 2018
Minute Man Visitor Center
Lexington, Lincoln, and Concord, Massachusetts

PDPs: 10 (6 hrs. plus submitting lesson activity or plan based on PD workshop)
Cost: $20.00 (credit card, purchase order, or check payable to Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies)

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Minute Man National Historical Park in Lexington, Lincoln, and Concord, MA preserves the sites, structures and landscapes associated with the opening battle of the American Revolution. Teachers are invited to spend a day at the park with our Education Coordinator to explore the park’s resources and the incredible stories we tell.

  • Visit the places where history happened
  • Explore the stories we tell through the evidence on which they are based: documents, artifacts, and historic places
  • Learn about our popular ranger-led education programs

8:30 – 9:00 Coffee and refreshments

9:00 – 9:15 Welcome / Introduction

9:15 – 10:15 The Revolution Before the Revolution
The effects of the American Revolution reached into the very homes, businesses and domestic spheres of ordinary people, long before the ever memorable 19th of April, 1775. How did their activities affect the course of history? This one hour program will explore the grass-roots resistance of the American Revolution, when seemingly everyday choices and activities took on political significance.

10:30 – 11:00 “The Road to Revolution”
Located at the Minute Man Visitor Center, this award winning, multimedia theater program gives an excellent introduction to the historic events of April 19, 1775.

11:15 – 12:00 Parker’s Revenge: Examine the New Evidence
Park Ranger Jim Hollister will lead an exploration of the site where Captain John Parker and the Lexington militia fought the British for the second time with far different results than the first. During the course of the exploration the group will discuss the archaeological investigation that led to the discovery of the battle site in 2015, and how historians and military experts interpreted the information and created a plausible scenario based on the new evidence.

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch (Please bring your own lunch)

1:15 – 3:00 “Who Shot First?”
This program begins at North Bridge Visitor Center in Concord where participants will explore the visitor center exhibits, then tour the North Bridge battlefield with a costumed Park Ranger who will lead a discussion of what happened there on April 19, 1775, using the landscape and other tangible resources to set the stage. The participants will then read excerpts of actual first-hand accounts of the battle, identify key details, and draw conclusions based on these accounts.

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