June 4, 2018 | Making History on the Common

Despite the pouring rain, over 500 Boston schoolchildren came to the 9th annual Making History on the Common hosted by the Friends of the Public Garden on Monday, June 4. The kids learned about the rich history of Boston Common, beginning with the first Native American inhabitants, to the energizing Colonial times, through the thought-provoking protests of the 1960’s. Each of these interactive activities and programs are designed for the children in grades 3-5 to learn about living history through hands-on experiences such as marching, planting, dancing, protesting, and playing with historically accurate materials:

Historic New England: Colonial Games and Trades
Three Sisters Garden
The Ancient Fishweir Project and the Wampanoag Nation Singers and Dancers
Historic New England: Food Will Win the War: Victory Gardens on the Common
Freedom Trail Foundation: Colonial Punishments
The Fifty-Fourth Massachusetts Regiment: Civil War Soldiers’ Life and Drills
New England Contra Dancers
City Archaeologist: Archaeology of Boston
Protests on the Common
Leventhal Map Center: Mapping the Common
NE Genealogical Society: Save the Common: Julia Ward Howe, Public Transportation and the Common
Boston Landmarks Commission: Beacon Street 19thCentury Architecture
Where is the Original Shoreline?

This program is supported in part by grants from the following:

  • The Colonial Society of Massachusetts
  • The Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Mass Cultural Council, and administered by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.

Making History Photos

Photo Credit: Michael Dwyer