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Posted on: June 19, 2019

Malden Declaration Day Activities in Malden 2019

Local Historian and period actor Tom Coots reads the "Town Instructions"

Have you ever wondered how Maldonians became revolutionaries in the 1770s? And how political divisions with Britain – and their neighbors - rocked their world? All are invited to the Malden Public Library, 36 Salem Street on Tuesday, June 25th at 6:30 PM to explore the events in Massachusetts, Greater Boston, and Malden that led up to the drafting of the “Instructions of the Inhabitants of Malden, Massachusetts to their Representatives in Congress” - our declaration of support for American Independence. Learn how Malden inhabitants dealt with the siege of Boston and why we sent instructions to the Provisional Congress.

Then on “Malden Declaration Day” Friday, June 28th from 4-6 PM in the Converse Memorial Building, the Library will display the original and the digitized version of Malden’s town records from the Revolutionary war period.

Finally on Friday, June 28th from 6-7 PM a group of young musicians from the William Diamond Junior Fife and Drum Corps will lead a short parade starting at the Malden Teen Enrichment Center on the corner of Ferry and Main St. and will proceed to the lawn of the Malden Public Library where Local Historian and period actor Tom Coots will perform the Fifth Annual Reading of the town “Instructions.” For anyone who is interested in participating in the reenactment and is willing to dress in period-appropriate costumes, please contact Ron Cochran at rcochran@cityofmalden.org for more information. 

The May 27, 1776 document entitled “Instructions of the Inhabitants of Malden, Massachusetts to their Representatives in Congress” was unanimously voted on by the townspeople of Malden to be delivered to the Second Continental Congress via their representative Ezra Sargeant. In the 1776 communication, the voting citizens of Malden renounce the Colony’s ties to the Kingdom of Great Britain and set forth their wish to become an independent “American” republic. The document is credited as a precursor to the Declaration of Independence written in July of 1776 when the Continental Congress formally declared their independence from England. The original historical document will remain on display in the Library for viewing.

These programs are part of Revisiting the Founding Era, a three-year national initiative of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History presented in partnership with the American Library Association and the National Constitution Center, with generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. All events are free and open to the public.  

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