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Declaring Independence — Then and Now
Lancaster in 1776
In the spring of 1776, the Massachusetts Assembly sought to know the hearts and minds of the people. They charged each town with debating and resolving a critical question: Should the colonies declare independence from Great Britain? Once the Continental Congress declared independence each town was ordered to have their ministers read the declaration and to record the fact in their town records.
On Saturday, July 2nd, 2016, Freedom's Way National Heritage Area and the American Antiquarian Society will partner with Minute Man National Historical Park to recreate this very important event in Lexington.
Both readings of the Declaration of Independence will be narrated by Jim Moran, Director of Outreach at the American Antiquarian Society, and performed by the townspeople.
Participants at both events will discuss the mindset of their town leaders and how the document's ideas affect how American government operates today. These public readings and discussions are part of Freedom's Way Heritage Association Patriot's Paths citizen-researcher project.
*This event is part of the Bulfinch 200th Anniversary Celebration and is followed by the Church's Annual Strawberry Festival with chicken salad and all things strawberry (ice cream, shortcake...)