Despite the deluge, on June 4th over 500 Boston schoolchildren came to the Friends of the Public Garden’s 9th annual Making History on the Common. The kids enjoyed learning about the history of Boston Common from the time of the first inhabitants, the Wampanoag Nation, to the significant Colonial times, through the thought-provoking protests of the 1960’s with interactive activities and programs. The day is enriched by the many nonprofit and public agency partners who team up with the Friends to create engaging activities for the students, including Historic New England, the City Archaeologist, the 54th MA Regiment Reenactors, and the Leventhal Map Center. Each of the activities is designed for children in grades 3-5 to be engaged and learn about history through hands-on experience: voting, marching, planting, dancing, protesting, and handling historically accurate materials.

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