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Worcester Revolution’s County-wide Read Underway

County-wide Read of “First American Revolution” Begins

Twelve Libraries participating throughout Worcester County

(Worcester, MA) May 10, 2014 – Libraries across Worcester County have joined in the celebration of the Worcester Revolution of 1774 to bring Ray Raphael’s “First American Revolution: Beyond Lexington and Concord” to the region.

The Spirit of ’74 County-Wide Read is part of the year-long effort to recognize the 4,622 militiamen from 37 towns of Worcester County who marched down Main Street in Worcester, shut down the Crown‐controlled county courthouse and, for the first time ever in the American colonies, effectively overthrew British authority to become independent. The date was September 6, 1774. Not a shot was fired.

The program is free and no registration is required. All citizens of Worcester County are invited to attend the read at any participating library – currently, Fitchburg, Lunenburg, Milford, North Brookfield, Northborough, Paxton, Spencer, Sturbridge, Sutton, Upton, Uxbridge, and Worcester. Please contact the Worcester Revolution through its website if your library also wants to participate.

Reading in May/June/July for discussions in June/July/August. Contact your library for information and copies of the book. Specific dates for meetings will be added to the schedule as they are announced.

Library Contact Phone Reading Period Discussion Groups
Fitchburg Public Library Sharon Bernard (978) 829-1783 July August
Lunenburg Public Library Martha Moore (978) 582-4140 June July 2nd, 7pm
Milford Town Library Anne Berard (508) 473-2145 July August
North Brookfield Public Library Anne Kidd (508) 867-0208 July August
Northborough Public Library Jean Langley (508) 393-5025 July August
Paxton Public Library Anita Fenton (508) 754-0793 July August
Spencer Public Library Denise Farmosa (508) 885-7513 May June 10th, 7pm
Sturbridge Public Library Becky Plimpton (508) 347-2512 July August
Sutton Public Library Betsy Rajotte (508) 865-8752 June/July July 24/August 12
Upton Public Library Matthew Bachtold (508) 529-6272 July September 6th, 7pm
Uxbridge Library Debby Young (508) 278-8624 July August
Worcester Public Library Joyce Hennig (508) 799-1655 July August 5/August 23

The read will culminate on September 7, 2014 with a free, day-long event in downtown Worcester for families and the general public. The date is set to align with the 240th anniversary of the event and will include re‐enactors, craftsmen, and others in period dress with demonstrations of colonial activities and life. Ray Raphael, the author of the book, will meet with participants to answer questions and sign copies of his book on September 7.

“Worcester Revolution of 1774, Inc. is proud to partner with the libraries for the role their communities played in 1774. It just seems a natural progression and a way to develop a sense of community pride and awareness in the pivotal role of the region in the founding of America”, said Worcester Revolution committee member Eric Niehaus.

The celebration of the Worcester Revolution of 1774 is made possible in part by generous grants and support from the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, Massachusetts Society of Colonial Wars, MassHumanities, and the Worcester Arts Council.

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