Reenactment Sunday, April 23

The Arlington Historical Society and Menotomy Minutemen will once again include a battle reenactment on the lawn of the Jason Russell House. History has well documented the fights in Lexington and Concord that triggered the American Revolution. Lesser known is the fighting that happened immediately afterword in Menotomy Village (Arlington). Arlington has its own Patriots’ Day story, and it’s a riveting one. The exciting story will be told in full through a live reenactment on Sunday, April 23.

Answering the spreading alarm, a growing number of men from militias around the region were in pursuit of the British who were marching back to Boston. By late afternoon, the largest and fiercest engagement of the day occurred in here in Menotomy. It’s another part of the story on for this important day for our town, state and country.

The reenactment will be held on Sunday, April 23 at noon on the Jason Russell House grounds on the corner of Massachusetts Ave. and Jason Street. In addition to the reenactment and parade, other events throughout the day and weekend include opening of the Jason Russell House for tours on Saturday and Sunday (April 22-23) from 1 to 4 p.m. Also the Menotomy Minutemen will lead the flag raising at the Town Hall flagpole at 9 a.m. followed by a brief memorial ceremony at the Old Burying Ground.

Gems of Arts & Crafts Architecture in Arlington:  A Walking Tour
Richard A. Duffy, Arlington Historical Society
May 22, 2017 2:00 – 3:30

Register HERE
This is a free walk, limited to 22 participants.  A second tour may be scheduled if there is sufficient interest.  Meeting place will be sent to registered participants.  Although covering some hilly terrain, the walk is on paved surfaces and moves at a comfortable pace for almost all walkers.

The Arts and Crafts movement blossomed in Boston at the end of the 19th century and encompassed many aspects of the visual and practical arts, including residential architecture, into the 1920s.  This free walking tour will be offered as one of the 2017 Freedom’s Way “Hidden Treasures” month-long series of events, which encourages communities in the heritage area to discover exciting and unexpected stories and places that are “hidden in plain sight.”

“The pictured house is what many people would visualize as an Arts and Crafts architecture, and indeed it’s a superb example we’ll see,” says Duffy. “But there are many fine homes in Arlington that embody the principles of the Arts and Crafts design movement, in ways that only emerge in a studied viewing.  We’re fortunate to have a group of such homes–some designed by Arlington architects–located in an area that lends itself to a perfect spring walking tour route.”

Richard Duffy is a popular author and lecturer on a wide variety of local and regional history topics.  For over 15 years, he had been leading walking tours that showcase the unexpected, and has made guest appearances on the PBS series “This Old House” on topics ranging from architectural history to long-vanished industries.

Top: The circa 1868 Alvin Robbins mansion in 1909. Bottom: In 1912 the home was cut in half to make way for the new town hall and gardens, and moved to the corner of Russell and Prescott streets, where it was expanded. Today, it’s a distinctive condominium building in the Russell Historic District. Our November program.

Top: The circa 1868 Alvin Robbins mansion in 1909. Bottom: In 1912 the home was cut in half to make way for the new town hall and gardens, and moved to the corner of Russell and Prescott streets, where it was expanded. Today, it’s a distinctive condominium building in the Russell Historic District.

2016-2017 Lecture Series “Greening of History”

Click here for current topics and dates.

Membership

Membership in the Society includes: Free admission to the Jason Russell House, Smith Museum, and the Historical Lecture Series; a discount on items purchased at The Museum Shop; a subscription to our newsletter “Menotomy Minutes”. For information on joining the Arlington Historical Society, see our Membership Page.

Like us on FacebookClick on the graphic to see our Facebook Page.

 

 

Arlington Historical Society | 7 Jason Street, Arlington, MA 02476 | Contact us