Lexington Historical Society

Lexington Historical Society Lexington Historical Society is an energetic group of people interested in Lexington’s history + heritage and enthused about presenting it to the public.

A premier interpreter of the events of April 1775, presented through our three historic sites – the Hancock-Clarke House, Buckman Tavern, and Munroe Tavern. We serve as faithful steward of all of the town’s history through time, managing an in-depth repository of Lexington documents, maps, artistic renderings and photographs from the Town’s founding in 1713 to the present time. We offer year-round history programming for all ages at our historic sites and our Lexington Depot headquarters, including curriculum-based programs on Colonial life and the American Revolution for school groups at all levels.

These bikes are great to use when visiting our historic houses!
07/10/2019
And now, more chances to rent a bicycle in Lexington

These bikes are great to use when visiting our historic houses!

This summer, commuters on their way to work or visitors to the area will have an easier way to get around without their cars. Lexington expanded its

Apparently, it is #cowappreciationday! Enjoy this pastoral view of cows drinking from a pond on the Munroe property in t...
07/09/2019

Apparently, it is #cowappreciationday! Enjoy this pastoral view of cows drinking from a pond on the Munroe property in the 19th century.

In October 1770, William Munroe purchased the property described as “a mansion house, barn, woodhouse, with ¾ of a potash-house and works thereto belonging, and 26 acres of land.”

The size of the property, varying between 21 and 50 acres over time, provided acreage sufficient for farming. The Munroe family, like nearly all the residents of Lexington, supplemented farming with other occupations to make a living.

#farming #cows #earlyphotography

Thank you for sharing our August 8th lecture, Revolution250!
07/08/2019
Revolution250

Thank you for sharing our August 8th lecture, Revolution250!

This is a wonderful opportunity to hear about some of the many ways that the Daughters of Liberty showed their support for Independence! Reserve your seats early, Emily Murphy draws a crowd wherever she speaks. #underrepresentedvoices

In June, our Executive Director and Education and Interpretation Manager were pleased to join other local organizations ...
07/08/2019

In June, our Executive Director and Education and Interpretation Manager were pleased to join other local organizations at the first annual Ciccolo Family Foundation (https://www.ciccolofamily.org/) Networking Breakfast. We recently received an unrestricted gift from the local foundation, for which we are very grateful!

Thank you for sharing our #Alarmed exhibit, NARM!
07/05/2019

Thank you for sharing our #Alarmed exhibit, NARM!

#Alarmed! 18th Century Social Media
On view through December 8, 2019
Lexington Historical Society
Lexington, Massachusetts
lexingtonhistory.org

Networks. Posting. Sharing. Memes. These may sound like buzzwords describing 21st century social media, but all had their equivalents in the 18th century, some with the same names. In a time of candlelight and horse drawn carriages, there were many sophisticated communications networks in place. Taverns like Buckman Tavern in Lexington played an important role, providing places for people to discover and share information. Lexington Historical Society’s exhibit "#Alarmed! 18th Century Social Media" explores how news went viral 250 years ago, and lets visitors imagine how colonials might have made use of our modern media tools to kick start a revolution.

Image of members of Lexington Minute Men posing as 18th century militia members arguing a point over a pint at Buckman Tavern. Photographed by Rick Beyer.

07/04/2019
We have close to 30 American flags in our collection, but this one, with its starfish shaped stars, is a staff favorite!...
07/04/2019

We have close to 30 American flags in our collection, but this one, with its starfish shaped stars, is a staff favorite!

Please note that our offices will be closed on July 4 and 5. Happy Independence Day!

#independenceday #july4th #4thofjuly

Thanks for covering our Living History Day, Lexington Minuteman! And our thanks to all who attended and demonstrated!
07/02/2019
Lexington Minuteman

Thanks for covering our Living History Day, Lexington Minuteman! And our thanks to all who attended and demonstrated!

On Sunday, the past came to life thanks to Lexington Historical Society

We love donations to our collection, and we love them even more when they are hand delivered by a descendant!This 19th c...
07/02/2019

We love donations to our collection, and we love them even more when they are hand delivered by a descendant!

This 19th century military coat was donated on July 1 by Kurt Kahofer, a Munroe descendent who lives in New York. Thank you, Kurt!

Happy Monday! Enjoy this detail from a set of 1770s crewelwork bed curtains. Come see them in person at the Hancock-Clar...
07/01/2019

Happy Monday! Enjoy this detail from a set of 1770s crewelwork bed curtains. Come see them in person at the Hancock-Clarke House and see if you can find this little shepherd and friend.

06/29/2019

Due to forecasted scattered thunderstorms all day tomorrow, the Living History Day is moving indoors to the Depot building (13 Depot Square). From noon to 4 PM, come see artists, singers, dancers, and more!

Check out some great events in Lexington this week including our Living History Day (tomorrow) and July 4th event!
06/29/2019
5 things to do in Lexington as July 4 approaches

Check out some great events in Lexington this week including our Living History Day (tomorrow) and July 4th event!

Living History Day June 30, 12 to 4 p.m., Buckman Tavern, 1 Bedford St., Lexington. Meet costumed reenactors showcasing 18th century trades and activities

Work continues on the inside of our Archives & Research Center. Staff are planning shelving layouts, sourcing window tre...
06/28/2019

Work continues on the inside of our Archives & Research Center. Staff are planning shelving layouts, sourcing window treatments, and packing, packing, packing.

Thanks to generous individual donors and two grants from Mass Cultural Council's Cultural Facilities Fund, we are 94% funded! Check out our plans at www.lexingtonhistory.org/arc and if you are able, please help us reach our goal!

There's a new rose in the Munroe Tavern rose garden that the New England Rose Society is trying to identify. I guess thi...
06/26/2019

There's a new rose in the Munroe Tavern rose garden that the New England Rose Society is trying to identify. I guess this little guy got curious and wanted to check it out! 🌹🐇

We were pleased to provide a venue for the Chinese American Association of Lexington - CAAL's volunteer appreciation eve...
06/25/2019

We were pleased to provide a venue for the Chinese American Association of Lexington - CAAL's volunteer appreciation event this past weekend!

Beautiful photo of the backyard and guests courtesy of Dongxu Photography.

“Among old Lexington families, the Munroes stand second to none. In civil life or in time of war, they were always found...
06/24/2019

“Among old Lexington families, the Munroes stand second to none. In civil life or in time of war, they were always found at or near the front.”

The Munroe family was instrumental in the settlement and growth of the town of Lexington, as well as the events of April 18th and 19th, 1775.

By the time William Munroe IV began operating Munroe Tavern in 1775, the Munroes were a large and well-respected family. Eight of the men on the Common on the morning of April 19th were Munroes. One of the men killed that morning was Ensign Robert Munroe.

However, 1775 was not the only year of interest with this fascinating family. Enjoy their stories in our CVS exhibit and follow our social media for more on #MunroeMonday!

Our thanks to Dr. Gary Bailey for the excellent talk last night and to the panelists for sharing their stories. We enjoy...
06/21/2019

Our thanks to Dr. Gary Bailey for the excellent talk last night and to the panelists for sharing their stories. We enjoyed planning the event with LexPride and Greater Boston PFLAG and hope to further explore ALL of Lexington's stories in the future!

New blog post! Our Executive Director Erica shares her thoughts on our participation in the #Opentoall initiative and re...
06/20/2019

New blog post! Our Executive Director Erica shares her thoughts on our participation in the #Opentoall initiative and reminds all that TONIGHT is our #LGBTQ+ talk and panel at the Depot. It starts at 7 PM - hope you can join us!

www.lexingtonhistory.org/blog/pride

06/19/2019
Summer Camp!

Spots are still available in our First Shot! 1775 Summer Camp!

The program will run from July 8-12, 2019 daily from 9 AM to 3 PM and will include activities related to 18th century Lexington and the American Revolution. Activities will include crafts, games, battle reenactments, tours of the Lexington Historical Society’s historic sites. Campers will be walking between the Society’s historic sites for activities and programs.

For more information or to register for camp, visit https://www.lexingtonhistory.org/summercamp!

We are loving the song lyrics on this glass slide that our Archives Manager is packing up today. 🍻Check out the song at ...
06/18/2019

We are loving the song lyrics on this glass slide that our Archives Manager is packing up today. 🍻

Check out the song at https://youtu.be/fpaL12UUo1o.

Salem Maritime National Historic Site
06/16/2019

Salem Maritime National Historic Site

Today a group of patriotic ladies met on the front lawn of the Derby House to spin, talk about boycotting British Goods, and celebrate the 250th anniversary of the women’s protests that were held all across New England in 1768 and 1769. If you missed them in Salem, there will be other chances to meet them at Minute Man National Historical Park and at the Lexington Historical Society later this summer! #Findyourpark #Rev250

06/14/2019

Education Manager Chris Kauffman is attending some history skits presented by Bowman Elementary 5th graders today. Chris has been working with the students the past few weeks and we can't wait to see their final projects!

Happy #FlagDay! This guy is our biggest flag, at 17.5 x 11.3 feet.The tag on the hoist shows it belonged to Daniel Palme...
06/14/2019

Happy #FlagDay! This guy is our biggest flag, at 17.5 x 11.3 feet.

The tag on the hoist shows it belonged to Daniel Palmer, a Boston lumber merchant. The flag dates to 1862-65 and likely flew from the mast of one of his ships.

Five things to know about Flag Day
06/14/2019
Five things to know about Flag Day

Five things to know about Flag Day

While several U.S. cities and towns claim to have the largest (Troy, New York) or oldest Flag Day celebrations (Fairfield, Washington), Quincy, Mass.

School's out for summer! Or close to, in most school districts. For #ThrowbackThursday, enjoy this black and white photo...
06/13/2019

School's out for summer! Or close to, in most school districts. For #ThrowbackThursday, enjoy this black and white photograph of a class from 1888 at the old Hancock School on Waltham Street. Three girls are holding tennis racquets and one boy a baseball bat - perhaps for summer fun!

Okay, so we know that a tie is a fairly stereotypical Father's Day gift. But does your dad have a tie with the Declarati...
06/12/2019

Okay, so we know that a tie is a fairly stereotypical Father's Day gift. But does your dad have a tie with the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution printed on it?

We also carry long sleeve shirts, beer steins, and pint glasses for all your stereotypical Father's Day present needs.

Or you could buy your dad a gift membership to the Historical Society! All of this and more at www.lexingtonhistory.org/store (or in person at Buckman Tavern).

If you plan to visit us this weekend, we're also offering free admission for members' fathers on Sunday!

Packing for a move can be time consuming, detail oriented work. Luckily, our Archives Manager Elizabeth is really good a...
06/11/2019

Packing for a move can be time consuming, detail oriented work. Luckily, our Archives Manager Elizabeth is really good at that kind of work!

These are boxes of glass slide negatives. These objects are very fragile and therefore need to be carefully packed for our move in the fall and for future storage. As of yesterday, Elizabeth has packed 11 boxes of glass slide negatives, which translates to about 660 slides. She has more to go but we wanted to celebrate the progress!

More about move packing at www.lexingtonhistory.org/blog.

Have you seen the garden of Colonial flowers at Munroe Tavern? The pink peonies just came out and it's looking beautiful...
06/10/2019

Have you seen the garden of Colonial flowers at Munroe Tavern? The pink peonies just came out and it's looking beautiful! 🌸🌷🌹🌺

Spots are still open in our annual First Shot! 1775 Summer Program! It will run from July 8-12 from 9 AM - 3 PM.Activiti...
06/08/2019

Spots are still open in our annual First Shot! 1775 Summer Program! It will run from July 8-12 from 9 AM - 3 PM.

Activities will include crafts, games, tours of the Lexington Historical Society’s historic sites and battle re-enactments. Students will be walking between the Society’s historic sites for activities and programs.

For more information on the First Shot! Summer Camp or to register for camp, visit www.lexingtonhistory.org/summercamp.

Okay, we couldn't help one more #ArchivesPoolParty photo! How often do you get to post photos of pools???This is a black...
06/07/2019

Okay, we couldn't help one more #ArchivesPoolParty photo! How often do you get to post photos of pools???

This is a black and white photograph of the Lexington Town Pool, dedicated in 1929.

#ArchivesHashtagParty

It's time for an #ArchivesPoolParty! Great choice for this month's #ArchivesHashtagParty, US National Archives!This is a...
06/07/2019

It's time for an #ArchivesPoolParty! Great choice for this month's #ArchivesHashtagParty, US National Archives!

This is a 1953 postcard of the Battle Green Inn courtyard and pool in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Back of postcard states: "Ninety fireproof, air conditioned rooms, each with private bath, TV, phone. Free, heated, inside garage. Heritage Room Restaurant, Swimming Pool."

Please note that we are without power this morning at Buckman Tavern. Eversource is hard at work trying to get us back o...
06/07/2019

Please note that we are without power this morning at Buckman Tavern. Eversource is hard at work trying to get us back online. In the meantime, we are functional for tours, just minus electricity. We're doing it old school!

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the landing at Normandy on D-Day. This stone is the World War II Memorial in Lexingt...
06/06/2019

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the landing at Normandy on D-Day. This stone is the World War II Memorial in Lexington, located behind Buckman Tavern and next to the future new visitors center. If you're back that way, take a moment to think of the sacrifices of Lexington's World War II soldiers.

FYI, tonight's D-Day lecture, co-sponsored with Lexington Veterans Association, is full but may have limited seating at the door.

A June note - our historic sites are open to all!!!#opentoall #allarewelcome #pride🌈
06/05/2019

A June note - our historic sites are open to all!!!

#opentoall #allarewelcome #pride🌈

“Among old Lexington families, the Munroes stand second to none. In civil life or in time of war, they were always found...
06/03/2019

“Among old Lexington families, the Munroes stand second to none. In civil life or in time of war, they were always found at or near the front.”

The Munroe family was instrumental in the settlement and growth of the town of Lexington, as well as the events of April 18th and 19th, 1775.

By the time William Munroe IV began operating Munroe Tavern in 1775, the Munroes were a large and well-respected family. Eight of the men on the Common on the morning of April 19th were Munroes. One of the men killed that morning was Ensign Robert Munroe.

However, 1775 was not the only year of interest with this fascinating family. Enjoy their stories in our CVS exhibit and follow our social media for more on #MunroeMonday!

#Repost @thecommunitygroup190 (@get_repost)・・・To wrap up their unit on the Revolutionary War, #CDCPSProspect 5th graders...
05/31/2019

#Repost @thecommunitygroup190 (@get_repost)
・・・
To wrap up their unit on the Revolutionary War, #CDCPSProspect 5th graders toured the battlefield of Lexington and Concord. They stood in the same spot where the Minutemen stood and imagined how they felt when they saw the smoke from the British burning contraband, thinking the enemy had set fire to the town itself. What a great way to learn our history! #MAHistory #USHistory #RevolutionaryWar #EdThatAddsUp

This past weekend, Discovery Day in Lexington returned to Massachusetts Avenue! We like this photo from Discovery Day 19...
05/30/2019

This past weekend, Discovery Day in Lexington returned to Massachusetts Avenue! We like this photo from Discovery Day 1988, showing members of the Lexington Minute Men in the shade of Emery Park.

#throwbackthursday #tbt

This event on June 15th has been moved to the living room of the library on the first floor to accommodate its popularit...
05/29/2019

This event on June 15th has been moved to the living room of the library on the first floor to accommodate its popularity! RSVP today to secure your spot: crw.weform.net.

There is a venue change due to the high demand, we moved this event to the living room of the library on the first floor. Please register using this link ASAP: crw.weform.net Thanks!

Reminder that it's now after #memorialdayweekend and therefore all three of our historic houses are now open 7 days a we...
05/28/2019

Reminder that it's now after #memorialdayweekend and therefore all three of our historic houses are now open 7 days a week! More info at www.lexingtonhistory.org/visit. We hope to see you!

Minute Man National Historical Park
05/25/2019

Minute Man National Historical Park

On this Memorial Day weekend we remember those Massachusetts men who fell in battle on the "ever memorable" 19th of April, 1775.

From Lexington: John Brown, Samuel Hadley, Caleb Harrington, Jonathan Harrington Jr. Jonas Parker, Jedidiah Munroe, Robert Munroe, Isaac Muzzy, John Raymond, Nathaniel Wyman
From Acton: Captain Isaac Davis, Abner Hosmer, James Hayward
From Sudbury: Deacon Josiah Haynes, Asahael Reed, Thomas Bend
From Bedford: Captain Jonathan Wilson
From Woburn: Daniel Thompson, Asahel Porter
From Brookline: Isaac Gardner
From Arlington/Menotomy: John Hicks, William Marcy, Moses Richardson, Jason Russell, Jason Winship, Jabez Wyman
From Danvers: Samuel Cook, Benjamin Deland, Ebenezer Goldthwait, Henry Jacobs, Perley Putnam, George Southwick, Jotham Webb
From Lynn: William Flint, Thomas Hadley, Abednego Ramsdell, Daniel Townsend
From Salem: Benjamin Pierce
From Beverly Reuben Kennison
From Charlestown: Edward Barber, James Miller
From Dedham: Elias Haven
From Medford: Henry Putnam, William Polly
From Watertown: Joseph Coolidge
From Needham: John Bacon, Nathaniel Chamberlain, Amos Mills, Elisha Mills, Jonathan Parker

Spirit, that made those heroes dare
To die, and leave their children free
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raise to them and thee.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Concord Hymn"

Tonight is the Member Preview for our Relinquished Treasures sale and people are already lining up! If you're a member, ...
05/24/2019

Tonight is the Member Preview for our Relinquished Treasures sale and people are already lining up! If you're a member, come by tonight from 7-9 PM. Or check things out tomorrow from 9 AM - 2 PM, during Discovery Day in downtown Lexington.

#discoveryday #lexingtonma #findyourtreasure

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13 Depot Sq
Lexington, MA
02420

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00

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(781) 862-1703

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