NEH banner

Funded Projects Query Form
One match

Grant number: BH-50633-14

Query elapsed time: 0.016 sec

Save this query
Export results to Excel


Massachusetts Historical Society (Boston, MA 02215-3631)
Kathleen Barker (Project Director: March 2014 to present)

At the Crossroads of Revolution: Lexington and Concord in 1775

Two one-week workshops for seventy-two school teachers on Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, and the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War on April 19, 1775.

This workshop focuses on the Minuteman National Historical Park, The Old Manse, Paul Revere House, Freedom Trail in Boston, and sites in Concord itself to explore the question, Why did Lexington and Concord become focal points at the crossroads for both colonial and British activities? The central theme of crossroads, with its physical and symbolic implications, serves to illuminate the following topics: New England life and society on the eve of the Revolution; the developing conflict between Britain and its colonies; the battles themselves; the impact of the events on ordinary farmers, women, and African Americans; the local environment and landscape in relation to the history of the time; and the legacies of the Revolution, particularly in the writings of nineteenth-century Concord authors. On Monday, Robert Gross, whose work The Minutemen and Their World won the Bancroft Prize, leads participants in an examination of life on the eve of the Revolution and discusses what issues, decisions, and actions brought colonists and British to the point of confrontation. On Tuesday, Benjamin Carp draws on his extensive research and teaching on Boston in the period of the Revolution to help participants investigate ways in which the towns around Boston were working together on a regional and provincial basis in 1774 and 1775. On Wednesday, Jim Hollister and Leslie Obleschuk lead participants on a tour of the Battle Road where Paul Revere was captured by British scouts; participants also view the multimedia production "Road to Revolution" in the Park theater. On Thursday, Mary Fuhrer, Joanne Myers, and Brian Donahue introduce participants to documentary sources useful for their research projects on the role of ordinary townspeople in this extraordinary time. The last day of the program is devoted to the events following April 19, 1775, and how the world of the colonists had changed. In conclusion, Robert Gross leads a discussion on the revolutionary legacy which brought an end to the intellectual and cultural dependence on the Old World. The project, co-directed by Kathleen Barker and Jayne Gordon (Massachusetts Historical Society), includes the aforementioned guest scholars Robert Gross (history, University of Connecticut), Brian Donahue (environmental studies, Brandeis University), Benjamin Carp (history, Tufts University), William Fowler (history, Northeastern University), and independent scholars Mary Fuhrer and Joanne Meyers. Participants read primary sources at the Massachusetts Historical Society, as well as secondary literature including The Minutemen and Their World by Robert Gross, Defiance of the Patriots: The Boston Tea Party by Benjamin Carp, Paul Revere's Ride by David H. Fischer, Revolutionary Mothers by Carol Berkin, "Concord Hymn" by Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Slavery in Massachusetts" by Henry David Thoreau, Moses from an Old Manse by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and "Woman's Part in the Concord Celebration" by Louisa May Alcott.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Landmarks of American History

Education Programs

Total amounts:
$174,124 (approved)
$168,693 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2014 – 12/31/2015