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Lecture Series: Revolutionary Boston June ’21

June 10, 2021 @ 6:00 pm 8:00 pm

The President of the Military Historical Society of Massachusetts requests the pleasure of your company at a dinnertime lecture:

Salem Bridge: The Confrontation Before Lexington

Schedule for the Evening
1800 Assemble at Wayside Inn & dinner seating
1815 – Dinner is Served
1845 – Distinguished Speaker (Dessert Course Served)

RSVP required: Please respond by Monday, June 7 See reverse for further details on event
Parking: There is ample free parking. The Wayside Inn is handicap accessible.

Distinguished Lecturer: Professor Robert Allison of Suffolk University

A professor of History at Suffolk University, Dr. Allison chairs Revolution 250, a consortium of more than 60 historical organizations in New England planning commemorations of the American Revolution’s 250’s anniversary. He is president of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, a Life Trustee of the USS Constitution Museum, a fellow of the American Antiquarian Society and the Massachusetts Historical Society and an honorary member of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Society of the Cincinnati.

Few places in the United States evoke as much emotion and thought as does Lexington, Massachusetts. The image of the embattled farmers lined up on Lexington Green and facing a British column that April morning in 1775 is embedded in our minds. There had been prior colonial confrontations, but by April 1775 circumstances had changed for both sides. An interesting question for historians is WHY?

Eminent historian Robert Allison will discuss what transpired that day and why the Lexington militia took a stand, and why the British troops on that day fired on the militia. He will talk about the confrontation at Salem bridge in February 1775 and its possible effects on the decisions that influenced both the colonials and British that early April morning.

RSVP Information:

Due to the re-opening of event services in Massachusetts we hope you will join us for the first in-person event of the MHSM since 2019.

Venue seating is limited and reservations are required because à la carte entrée selections will be submitted in advance to the Wayside Inn to ensure prompt dinner service prior to the lecture.

Members are urged to register as early as possible, up to June 7, 2021. To do so, use the online form below or download and return the reservation form by email to John C. Johnson.

• Please note that the prices listed with the entrée selections include the appetizer, entrée and dessert course of Deep Dish Apple Pie with whipped cream and tea and coffee service.

• Non-inclusive beverages may be ordered at the main bar.

John C. Johnson


Longfellow’s Wayside Inn

72 Wayside Inn Rd
Sudbury, MA 01776 United States
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