A new American Revolution Round Table has been established at Minute Man National Historical Park (ARRT-MMNHP). The inaugural meeting has been set for September 27, 2010, Monday night, from 7 to 9 pm at the Visitor Center near the Battle Road and Route 2A.

The American Revolution Round Table is sponsored by the Lincoln Public Library, the Minute Man National Historical Park, and the Tufts University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. The purpose of ARRT-MMNHP is to provide a nonacademic, informal continuing forum to review and discuss notable and recent books and research findings about the major events and personalities of the American Revolution. In addition, the Round Table is intended to: (1) Encourage the study and discussion of the ideals of the American Revolutionary War; (2) Promote better understanding of the pivotal events and personalities of the American Revolution, and (3) Increase public awareness of the meaning, significance and legacy of the American Revolution.

At the September 27th meeting, the group will first discuss organizational plans, to be followed by a discussion of Ray Raphael’s book, The First American Revolution: Before Lexington and Concord. Raphael’s book is an important study documenting the rebellion that actually took place in the countryside across Massachusetts in 1774, leading up to the fateful conflict of April 19,1775 that broke out at the Battle Green of Lexington and the following confrontation at Concord’s North Bridge.

For those interested in participating in the new American Revolution Round Table, please call to reserve a place. There is no charge for the first meeting, with a modest $25 annual membership fee to follow afterward. Meetings will be held three times a year, in the fall, winter and spring. Questions and calls should be directed to Mel Bernstein, Moderator, at (781) 259-9926, or mbern9@gmail.com.