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New Meetup: American Revolution Reenactment lecture @ Central Square Branch Library

From: T.J. M.
Sent on: Tuesday, January 6, 2009 1:19 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Nerd Fun - Boston!

What: American Revolution Reenactment lecture @ Central Square Branch Library

When: January 27,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: Writeup found on Calendar.Boston.Com:
http://calendar.boston.com/cambridge-ma/events/show/85806656-cambridge-and-the-american-revolution-historical-interpretation

"Lieutenant Michael Bonislawski of Gardner?s Regiment, a history professor, will describe his experiences as a historical interpreter and reenactor of the 18th century, and provide information for those who may be interested".

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm.

According to the website of the Charlestown Militia, http://www.charlestownmilitia.org/members Michael Bonislawski is also the director of the group.

About the Charlestown Militia:
http://www.charlestownmilitia.org/about_us

"April, 2008, marked the first anniversary of the new Charlestown Militia Company. It was slightly more than one year before that Tom Coots, a local bank manager, got together with Wayne Snow, a local CPA, and a few others to incorporate the Company that would re-enact Gardner's Regiment - the Regiment from Charlestown, Massachusetts that fought at the Battle of Bunker Hill".

The old Charlestown Militia appears to have been started in the Spring of 1967, and almost died out.

About Gardner's Regiment:
http://www.charlestownmilitia.org/regiment_history

Gardner's Regiment dates back to 1632 when it was originally constituted as the North Regiment. It consisted of what were known as "Train Bands" from Charlestown, New Town, Watertown, Concord and Dedham Massachusetts. Train bands were men between the ages of 16 and 60 who were required, under English law, to organize themselves into militia units and equip and train themselves to provide military service in much the same manner as our current day National Guard. The Regiment was re-organized in various ways until it became known as the 1st Regiment of Militia of Middlesex in 1733.

Finally in 1775, the Regiment became known as Gardner's Regiment after its Colonel, Thomas Gardner. Regiments were commonly named after their Colonels, who were responsible for organizing and equiping their Regiments - often at their own expense. It was Gardner's Regiment that fought at the Battle of Bunker Hill, the Regiment which we proudly re-enact today.

Their website appears to detail everything from their progress in the quest for authenticity, saftey rules of using black powder and flintlock pistols, and copies of their newsletter ( http://www.charlestownmilitia.org/our_newlsetter ).
They also seem to produce brochures such as "Militiamen and Their Armaments" http://charlestownmilitia.org/yahoo_site_admin/assets/docs/MilitiamenandTheirArmaments-trifold.98141638.pdf (140 KB)

Mr Bonislawski appears to have written an article called "Why We March" http://www.wickedlocal.com/cambridge/town_info/history/x1867420319/Guest-commentary-Memorial-Day-the-Charlestown-Militia-Co-and-Gardner-s-Regiment-Why-we-march for the local Cambridge papers for Memorial Day 2008.

Learn more here:
http://www.meetup.com/NerdFunBoston/calendar/9456790/

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