Acton 250th Events


Acton established this committee to plan for the commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the commencement of the American Revolution. Events might include, but are not limited to, parades, reenactments, speaker series, and other educational events, and could also include physical reminders, such as plaques, statuary, exhibits, or other items of an enduring nature. The committee shall develop and administer programs, a budget, and grant applications, and may make a request for funding as part of the Town budget process.  The committee shall cooperate and coordinate with local, regional, state, and federal groups, committees and agencies in producing the events.

More Information about 250th Events

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December 10, 2023

Acton Center Walking Tour
Since its founding in 1735, Acton has shown courage in protecting its liberties, as demonstrated in leading the first engagement in the fight for independence.  Walking Acton’s historic civic center, you will learn about the people, places and practices that shaped the town’s history and our nation’s as well. Topics will include Native American history, the role of the church, the importance of Captain Isaac Davis and the Acton Minutemen, nearby historic buildings, memorials and more. The mile walk will take a little less than two hours. 

Meet at the Acton Memorial Library parking lot at 1:30pm. 

The event is free; registration is required. Register here:
November 21, 2023

Acton Memorial Library Book Group Discussion
The Acton Memorial Library Book Group will discuss The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams by Stacy Shiff on November 21, 2023 at 6:30pm
November 13, 2023

Historian Mary Fuhrer Explores Daily Life in Colonial Acton for Acton 250 Lecture Series
Please join us on Monday, November 13 at 7:00PM at Acton Town Hall as the Acton 250 Committee focuses on the everyday people and daily life in Acton with Mary Fuhrer. This illustrated talk will explore family, households, farms, neighbors, and the fabric of village life to recover the world of the Minutemen. It was a world far different from our own; it is the world that laid the groundwork for revolution. The Acton 250 Committee continues to sponsor a series of lectures on the history leading up to the momentous events of 1775 and 1776. The lectures will help us understand what life was like in our community in that era and share the less told stories of residents. This presentation will be available live on ActonTV and by zoom at All event information is located at  
Mary Fuhrer is a Ph.D. social historian who for the past 30 years has interpreted village life in colonial and early Republic Massachusetts. She has authored two books and numerous articles on daily life and change in small town Massachusetts, presented at history conferences and institutes, and served as a consulting historian to Freedom’s Way, Massachusetts Humanities, and the Massachusetts Historical Society, as well as serving as the co-author of MassMoments. She was awarded the Massachusetts History Commendation for her work in public history.  

A recording of the event can be viewed here

October 12, 2023

Countdown to April 19th, 1775: Tours of Acton Center Historic District


    As preparations begin for the celebration of April 19th, 1775 attention naturally turns to Acton Center and questions arise about which structures were actually present on that day. To establish an accurate understanding of what was and what was not an initial tour was held on October 12th. Acton 250 Committee members joined experienced tour guides and individuals with a special interest in public history.

     Amy Cole, a native of Acton who grew up in the only pre-1775 house still standing in the center, led the group. Acton Center is a local historic district and also listed on the National Register of Historic Places—a combination that affords both protections and opportunities to historic structures.

     Many may be surprised that little of what they see in the streetscape today existed in 1775. The monument, recently adopted within the Acton Memorial Library’s new logo, was constructed in the mid-nineteenth century as April 19th celebrations grew in importance. The triangular commons actually is a small cemetery as the remains of those Actonians who died on April 19th are interred there.

     Two hundred and fifty years ago a small combined meeting house and church was situated on the top of Meeting House Hill now noted with a white sign. The current Town Hall is actually the third meeting house constructed in Acton. More explanation on the characteristic New England relationship between church and meeting place will follow.

     Acton 250 hopes to strengthen relationships between groups interested in the town’s history. The tour, intended as the first of many open to interested individuals, helped to develop an accurate understanding of the setting for April 19th locally. Look for tour sign ups in the spring of 2024.

Sept. 21, 2023
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Noted Historian Prof. Robert Allison- From Crown Tensions to Tea Parties:  The Role of Massachusetts in Shaping the Revolution

Professor Robert Allison, who discussed the pivotal events that set the stage for the Boston Tea Party and sparked the American Revolution.  
Prof. Allison is renowned for his expertise in American colonial history, and the political, social, and economic factors that converged in the 18th century, leading to the climactic moment in Boston's history. He has taught history at Suffolk University since 1992, when he received his doctorate at Harvard. He is currently the Chair of Revolution 250, a consortium of organizations planning commemorations of the Revolution's 250th anniversary and a life-trustee of the USS Constitution Museum.