Events

Park Day 2020

Volunteers at Park Day 2019 raking at Minute Man National Historical Park.

Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Free
Please register below by Nov. 6th

Minute Man National Historical Park invites you to join us November 7th for Park Day 2020! Sponsored by the American Battlefield Trust and Friends of Minute Man National Park, this annual event gives participants the opportunity to help preserve one of our nation’s most iconic and historic battlefields. Volunteers can sign up to provide assistance in leaf raking, invasive plant removal, and trail maintenance, all while enjoying the beauty of the park and learning more about its history and ecology from our National Park Service natural and cultural resource team leaders.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, Minute Man National Historical Park will be running this event in full compliance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health guidelines. In order to ensure the safety of all volunteers, we will be limiting participation, requiring masks be worn at all times, and staggering work periods into morning and afternoon shifts from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Volunteers can register to work individually or as a group (bubble) of five or less in different parts of the park where social distancing is feasible.

Volunteers can first sign-up for a morning or afternoon time slot and location preference via the “Register Today” button below. Pre-registration will be required and must be completed online by November 6th. Each participant will then be required to fill out documents for the National Parks Service and the American Battlefield Trust and email them to margie_coffin_brown@nps.gov prior to the event.

All pre-registered volunteers will receive a free Park Day 2020 t-shirt!

For more information and updates on Park Day 2020, please follow the Minute Man National Historical Park on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter. Additional details about Park Day can also be found on the American Battlefield Trust website.

Any questions about the event can be directed to Margie Coffin Brown, Resources Manager at Minute Man National Historical Park, by email at margie_coffin_brown@nps.gov or by phone at (617) 620-2942.

UPDATE: to learn more and view pictures from Park Day 2020, check out our blog at https://friendsofminuteman.org/park-day-2020/


Past Events

Virtual Bingo with the Lincoln Council on Aging

Thursday, July 9, 2020
10:00 am
Virtual, RSVP by July 8 to receive Zoom link
Free and open to Lincoln, MA residents

Join the Friends of Minute Man National Park and the Lincoln COA for a fun-filled Bingo game on Thursday, July 9 at 10 am. Instead of letters and numbers, each square in your bingo card will feature an image or word associated with Minute Man National Historical Park and its history. When the image or word is called out, you will learn fun facts you may not have known about the Park, the historical events surrounding April 19, 1775, and more! Special guests include Park Ranger Roger Fuller and Kathleen Fahey, director of the Friends. Winners will receive their very own Minute Man mug and a free membership to the Friends of Minute Man National Park!

Open to Lincoln residents. Preregistration required to receive the Zoom link and bingo card. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Amy Gagne of the Lincoln COA at gagnea@lincolntown.org by July 8, 2020.

To view the July/August 2020 newsletter of the Lincoln COA, click here.


Winter Lecture Series: March

Cancelled: “Stone Walls of Minute Man National Historical Park”

Sunday, March 29, 2020

We regretfully cancel our upcoming lecture as Professor Robert Thorson has been directed by the University of Connecticut to suspend all university-related travel out of state due to concerns over COVID-19. Professor Thorson will reschedule and we look forward to announcing the new date once it is finalized. 

For more information, please contact us or email us at director@friendsofminuteman.org.


Winter Lecture Series: February

“Can You Dig It? 60 Years of Archaeology at Minute Man National Historical Park”

Sunday, February 23, 2020
2:00 – 3:30 pm
Bemis Hall, 2nd floor
15 Bedford Road, Lincoln
Free and open to the public

Did you miss the lecture? Click here to view it on YouTube courtesy of Lincoln TV.

Join National Park Service Museum Specialist Nikki Walsh for a lecture about the history of excavation at the Minute Man National Historical Park. This talk will offer a glimpse into some of the hundreds of thousands of archaeological artifacts that represent thousands of years of history in Concord, Lexington, and Lincoln. 

Nikki is a museum specialist at the Northeast Museum Services Center which serves over 90 National Parks throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. She received a B.S. in Public History and Geology from Salem State University, and a M.A. in Historical Archaeology from Boston University. 

Parking is limited at Bemis Hall, please use parking lot at the First Parish in Lincoln located across the street at 14 Bedford Road. Refreshments will be served. Elevator is available to access 2nd floor.

For more information, please contact us or email us at director@friendsofminuteman.org.

The Winter Lecture Series is supported in part by a grant from the Lincoln Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.


Halloween Tales and Lantern Walk

Saturday, October 19 and 26
Hartwell Tavern, Minute Man National Historical Park
112 North Great Road, Lincoln
Free; lanterns available for sale

Lantern Walk 5:30 – 6:15 pm: Celebrate Halloween with The Guild of Historic Interpreters! Join us at 5:30 p.m. for a slightly spooky lantern walk (for younger children) down the Battle Road Trail to meet the spirits of 1775. Meet at the Hartwell Tavern parkng area. Event is free; bring your own lantern or purchase one from the Friends of Minute Man National Park; $5 each or $10 per family. All proceeds benefit the Park. Recommended for children 6 and under.

Halloween Tales at 7:00 – 8:30 pm: The Guild of Historic Interpreters present an evening of traditional storytelling. Gather at the barn for a spooky selection of ghost stories from Old and New England. Please bring a flashlight for the walk from the Hartwell parking area to the barn behind Hartwell Tavern. Free. Appropriate for adults and children 7 and above.

For more information, click here


Minute Man 60th Anniversary
Lecture: “Realizing the Vision”

Friday, Sept. 20, 2019
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Lexington Historical Society, Depot Building
13 Depot Square, Lexington, MA
Free; Space limited, please RSVP

Did you miss the lecture? Click here to view it on YouTube.

Join us for a special evening program celebrating Minute Man’s 60th anniversary. Our speaker for the evening is Lou Sideris, former Chief of Interpretation and Park Planner at Minute Man (ret.) who will reflect the founding and ongoing development of Minute Man National Historical Park. Reception and refreshments to follow.

Admission is free, but space is limited so reservations are required. Please email your name and number in your party to mima_info@nps.gov.

For more information about the multi-day celebration of the Minute Man National Park 60th Anniversary, Click here.

Co-sponsored by the Friends of Minute Man National Park, Minute Man National Historical Park, and the Lexington Historical Society.


Minute Man 60th Anniversary
Concert: Patriotic Music with the Concord Band

Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019
4:00 – 6:00 pm
North Bridge Visitor Center Grounds
174 Liberty Street, Concord, MA
Free and open to the public

Did you miss the concert? Click here to watch it on YouTube.

As 2019 marks the 60th anniversary of both the Minute Man National Park and the Concord Band, the park and the band have teamed up to present a concert of patriotic inspired music on the field overlooking the North Bridge. The public is invited to bring a blanket or lawn chairs and a picnic while enjoying the performance. The Friends of Minute Man National Park will present a special birthday cake to the park during the event and will provide free cupcakes while supplies last.

As parking is limited, local community members are invited to walk to the park. Rain location is at 51 Walden Performing Arts Center in Concord, MA.

For more information about the multi-day celebration of the Minute Man National Park 60th Anniversary, Click here.

Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Minute Man National Park, Minute Man National Historical Park, and the Concord Band.