Below are all of the One Book One Belmont events for 2014. Be sure to join us for the capstone event on Tuesday, May 6, with Author Nathaniel Philbrick.

Bunker-Hill-Cover-198x300Mon., April 7
Books and Bites Explores the American Revolution
11 AM Assembly Room, Belmont Public Library
Look at the Revolution from three very different perspectives. Martha Reagan will discuss Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin by Jill Lepore; Nelson Bolen will discuss 1776 by David McCullough; and children’s librarian Deborah Borsuk will discuss Chains: Seeds of America by Laurie Halse Anderson.

Book Discussion of Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution
Fri., April 11
11 AM 2nd Floor Conference Room, Beech Street Center, 266 Beech St.
Led by librarian Miriam MacNair, Belmont Public Library

Sat., April 12
Freedom Trail Tour: Taking the High Ground
10 AM Information about meeting location provided at registration
JBunkerHilloin National Park Service Rangers for a half-mile, 45-minute walk in Charlestown to the Bunker Hill Monument. Retrace the footsteps of the British soldiers and marines who assaulted the hill, losing almost half their troops in a costly victory. Register at 617-993-2870 or starting March 26.

Wed., April 23
Phillis Wheatley, Revolutionary Poet
7:30 PM Assembly Room, Belmont Public Library
Phillis Wheatley, a Boston slave born in Gambia, became one of the foremost poets in early America. John Stauffer, Professor of English, American Studies, and African American Studies at Harvard University, tells the story of Wheatley’s remarkable life and the revolutionary nature of her poetry. Co-sponsored by Belmont Against Racism, the Belmont Historical Society, and the Human Rights Commission.

Thurs., April 24

KIDS & TEENS The British are Coming! Visit by members of British 10th Regiment of Foot
2 PM Assembly Room, Belmont Public Library
Hear the British perspective on the American Revolution and try an 18th century military drill under the guidance of Rob Lee and several other members of His Majesty’s 10th Regiment of Foot, a group dedicated to portraying the life of the British troops garrisoned in the Boston area during the War for Independence. For students ages 10 and up. Sign up at or 617-993-2870.

Sat., April 26
KIDS & TEENS Jason Russell House Tour
10 AM Information about meeting location provided at registration
Jason Russell was killed at the doorstep of his Arlington home by British troops ransacking and burning homes on their retreat from Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775. Daniel Leclerc, former Belmont selectman and history teacher, will lead a tour of the house and tell more about that fateful day. Recommended for families with children ages 8 and up. Limited space, registration required; sign up at 617-993-2880.

Wed., April 30
The Revolution in Boston – As Seen at the Museum of Fine Arts
7:30 PM Assembly Room, Belmont Public Library
Nicole Claris, Manger of School Programs at the MFA, presents treasures from the MFA’s collection of Revolutionary era art, including portraits of the key leaders who Philbrick brings to life in Bunker Hill.

Sat., May 3
Music on Saturday: The Fenway Brass Quintet Plays American Music
3 PM Assembly Room, Belmont Public Library
Spencer Aston, Powers Music School Faculty, and his quintet perform music heard from the Revolution to the Civil War, including broadside ballads and the compositions of William Billings.

Tues., May 6
Author Nathaniel Philbrick discusses Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution
7:30 PM Beech Street Center, 266 Beech Street, Belmont
Nathaniel Philbrick will read from and talk about his most recent bestseller, winner of the 2013 New England Book Award for Nonfiction. Philbrick’s other books include National Book Award winner In the Heart of the Sea and Pulitzer Prize finalist Mayflower. After a question and answer session, books will be available for purchase and signing.



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