Living History Reenactor
Reenactors add a special zest to the park and help bring the colonial history of Concord, Lincoln, and Lexington to life. Reenactors can interact with visitors at the North Bridge, sharing the history of the Battle of Lexington and Concord and perhaps representing a historical person. They can also Adopt-a-House, choosing one of the Witness Houses, learning its history and its role during the battle. Those presenting living history at one of the Witness Houses can engage in colonial crafts and activities, such as weaving, needlepoint, spinning, or whittling. In most circumstances Living History Reenactors are required to provide their own colonial clothing and have it approved by the park.
All volunteers go through training. To participate in any of the following training days please have your application submitted by the following dates:
SPRING (Sunday, April 9, 2017) Application deadline: Friday, March 31, 2017
SUMMER (Saturday, May 20, 2017) Application deadline: Friday, May 12, 2017
AUTUMN (Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017) Application deadline: Friday, Sept. 1, 2017
Trainings are four hours (12:00 noon - 4:00pm).
For more information and to download the application: https://www.nps.gov/mima/getinvolved/volunteer.htm
Housing and transportation not provided.
About Minute Man NHP
Minute Man National Historical Park (MIMA) tells the story of the minute men and militias-the colonists who left their families and farms to protect their community and liberty-and how they confronted the British Redcoats on April 19, 1775, in what would become the first battle of the American Revolution. At the Paul Revere Capture Site the famous silversmith was stopped during his celebrated midnight ride to warn the countryside of the approaching Redcoats. At the Old North Bridge the colonists fired upon the Redcoats the "shot heard 'round the world" in the immortal words of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Along the Battle Road Trail the Redcoats retreated back to safety after the fighting began.
Also in the park is The Wayside, home to Louisa May Alcott, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Harriett Lothrop. Many of the childhood antidotes recounted in Little Women took place in The Wayside and Hawthorne wrote many of his later works in the house’s tower. Lothrop wrote her stories in the house. She and her daughter helped preserve the home (and several others in Concord) for later generations to enjoy.
Learn about all this and more at the park’s two visitor centers. At the Minute Man Visitor Center explore the history exhibits, museum store, and enjoy the award-winning multimedia presentation "Road to Revolution." At the North Bridge Visitor Center hear the stories of minute men and militia, and watch the film "Treason or Liberty." Visit the Hartwell Tavern to witness colonial life, or visit the house of the Whittemore family and learn about the hard choices families had to face on April 19, 1775. Enjoy over 1000 acres of hiking, biking, and walking in the beautiful New England countryside.
From reenactments to musket demonstrations to educational programs of all types, there’s something for the whole family at Minute Man National Historical Park.