The Minuteman Statue

This was one of our initial visits when we first began our Walking Through History endeavor in October 2020.

Snickers was unable to pose for this one because he was too busy protecting me from the giant, scary man with a gun. Now, Snickers is the sweetest, gentlest dog on Earth, but I’m not gonna lie: I was glad to know he has a little “F*** around and find out” in him if something potentially threatening were to happen. 😂

Anyway, on to the statue. It’s at the North Bridge in Concord, Mass., the location of “the shot heard round the world,” where the Revolutionary War began April, 19, 1775.

From the National Park Service website:

“Unveiled for the Centennial celebration of the battle on April 19, 1875, The Minute Man statue, by sculptor Daniel Chester French, is an American icon and has stood guard over this hallowed ground ever since. It is set near the spot where the first colonial militia men were killed in Concord on that fateful day in 1775.

Secured under the base of the stature are two time capsules. The first one placed there in 1875 includes: Lemuel Shattuck’s book History of Concord, the Account of the Fight from the Diary of Rev. William Emerson; a 1874 Town Report; Photographs of Daniel Chester French and The Minute Man; Map of the Village in 1775; Map of Center of Concord in 1874; coins, stamps, newspapers of the time and invitations to the 1875 celebration.

In January of 1975 the Minute Man was removed from its base so that a mold could be made of the statue in case it were ever damaged. At that time it was suggested that a second time capsule be created for the upcoming Bicentennial of the Battle. Girl Scout troops from the Town of Concord were selected to run this project. Contents of this second time capsule are: microfilm containing images of letters, photographs and scrapbooks made by the Girl Scouts; a cassette tape with “The Sounds of Concord”; an American flag; a Bicentennial flag; military patches; Girl Scout pins; and money.

The time capsules was installed on March 29, 1975, when the statue was returned to its pedestal, during a ceremony which included the Girl Scout troops and dignitaries from the town, the Girls Scouts of America, and the National Park Service.”

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