Friends of Minute Man National Park
Preserving the Birthplace of the American Revolution
Passing the Torch
On November 17, 2021 Minute Man National Historical Park celebrated the retirement of former superintendent BJ Dunn and welcomed incoming park superintendent Simone Monteleone.

A highlight of the evening was when four past and present Minute Man superintendents gathered beneath the NPS arrowhead, pictured above from left to right: Larry Gall, Nancy Nelson, BJ Dunn, and Simone Monteleone along with Kathleen Fahey and Bob Morris of the Friends of Minute Man. . . Read more.

To read more or to view more photographs of the event, please click on the link below.
Sunday, January 2, 2022
1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
North Bridge Visitor Center parking lot
Free; registration is required

Join the Friends of Minute Man for a Christmas Bird Count walk led by birding guide Kathy Dia at Minute Man National Historical Park. All are welcome, whether this is your first birding trip or one of many! We will walk through the North Bridge Unit identifying and observing birds from ducks to songbirds to hawks. . . Read more.

Participation is limited to 20 so register early - our last bird walk filled up fast. Bird photos courtesy of Jay and Kathy Dia.

To register or for more information, please click on the link below.
Blooms at the Edge of the Battlefield
New Buttrick Gardens Signage Installed

Want to learn more about the history of the Buttrick Gardens while visiting the park? Check out the new educational signage installed overlooking the gardens. The Friends of Minute Man and park staff worked cooperatively over the past year to research and design the new sign and we were able to install it before the first freeze. We are thrilled that visitors will now be able to view historic photos and learn about the history of the Buttrick Gardens any time of the year. Thank you to Freedom's Way National Heritage area for funding this project! Read more.

To read more, view the wayside up close, read the brochure, and view more installation photos, please click on the link below.
Dear Friends and Supporters,

Thank you for your continued dedication to and support of our beautiful Minute Man National Historical Park. Please consider a year-end gift to the Friends of Minute Man so that together, we can preserve and protect the birthplace of the American Revolution for generations to come.

As our country completes a second year of the covid pandemic, the Park’s value has become even more evident. The scenic trails, famous landscapes, and historic sights continue to serve as a welcome respite for many.

Join us in showing your support for the Park with a donation to the Friends of Minute Man today. You can donate online by using the button below or mail a check to the Friends of Minute Man National Park, 174 Liberty Street, Concord, MA 01742. We also appreciate donations from Donor Advised Funds.

We thank you for your ongoing support and wish you and your family a safe and healthy holiday season ahead. 
Battle Site Explorations Webpage
Be sure to check out the new Battle Site Explorations page on the Park website page where you'll find an interactive map of Battle Road. 
The events that took place on that fateful day are described hour by hour as you follow the battle from Concord's Old North Bridge through battle sites at Meriam's Corner, Brook's Hill, Elm Brook Hill, Parker's Revenge, The "Bloody" Bluff and Fiske Hill.
Wondrous Wetlands
Written by Ada Fox, Biological Science Technician at Minute Man National Historical Park

Have you noticed little blue flags in and around the wetlands of the Battle Road Trail at Minute Man National Historical Park? The walking trail covers over five miles, with some areas traversing wetlands. Boardwalks were constructed to allow visitors to fully experience the areas and are now in need of replacement. In order to proceed with construction, the team at Oxbow Associates has been helping the park update delineation maps in preparation for boardwalk replacement. The blue hanging flags show the boundary of the wetland. . . Read more.

Images by Ada Fox from left to right, clockwise: Brian Butler of Oxbow Associates using a soil auger to determine where the wetlands begin along the Battle Road Trail at Minute Man; last of the fall color at the Vernal Pool trail boardwalk on the Battle Road Trail at Minute Man.

To read more and view more photographs, please click on the button below.
Intern at the Friends of Minute Man!
Do you like history and nature? Do you want to learn more about how small non-profits are operated? Then join us for a winter/spring internship at the Friends of Minute Man National Park! We are looking for a Masters-level student to work directly with the executive director on social media and fundraising. For more information, click on the link below.

Beyond Battle Road
Items of interest outside the Park
REV250 Podcast: The Last King of America
Check out the latest podcast from REV250. George III--the tyrant of the Declaration of Independence, or the Patriot King? Join us for a conversation with Andrew Roberts about his new biography, The Last King of America: The Misunderstood Reign of George III. Hear about how George III was a patron of the arts and architecture, a collector of books, and a man devoted to his family and his country. Click here to listen.
"Christmas Bells" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Learn more about the poem "Christmas Bells" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, well-known author of "Paul Revere's Ride." Our colleagues at the Longfellow House - Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site use historic images, interpretation, and a dramatic reading to bring this holiday poem to life. Click here to view.
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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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