|Today's Acton Minutemen are made up of men, women, and children,
ages 5 through 85. We strive to bring history to life by portraying those
brave Patriots of the American Revolution from Acton who risked, and
even gave, their lives on April 19th, 1775 in the cause for freedom.
We live all over - not just in Acton!
The modern company of the Acton Minutemen is a non-profit
organization that was chartered in 1963. Our officers and members come
from a variety of different backgrounds and areas. We have members on
the North Shore, the South Shore, western Massachusetts, southern
New Hampshire, and even other parts of the country. We are made up
of schoolteachers, students, carpenters, business people, parents,
grandparents, coaches, retirees, and people from many other walks of
life. We are not affiliated with any religious or political group or
persuasion, and we absolutely do not promote or tolerate any kind of
paramilitary or activist behavior. We are a group of individuals
bound by a love of history and camaraderie, yet we are not all historians.
You don't need to participate in every event to have fun!
The Acton Minutemen are common townspeople like you, who enjoy
representing the town of Acton in parades, battle reenactments, and civic
events, either locally or in other towns and states. Some of us are second
generation members, some are long-standing original members since the
modern company was chartered in 1963, and some of us just joined
recently. We have members in grade school, high school, and even
kindergarten. We have working people and retired people. We come in
all shapes and sizes, all political persuasions, and are made up of both
men and women. It's important to note that we have members who
participate in only one event a year, and that's fine - we're happy to have
them! The important thing for us is that everyone be comfortable with
their level of participation in events. There are no requirements.
We welcome anyone with an interest in what we do!
|Carter and Jill St.
Lawrence at the 2003
Gaspee Days parade