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Arlington Town Meeting member Larry Slotnik reads Longfellow’s poem with some help.Town Meeting Member Larry Slotnik reads Longfellow’s poem with some help.

UPDATED April 14: Before the Town Hall event starts on Patriots Day, check out the Dallin Museum at 10 that morning for some historical context of 1775. That is:

Here are the details:

Two beloved Dallin-related poems

Here ye, hear ye! Experience a live reading of the Dallin Museum’s two favorite Paul Revere-inspired poems—one authored by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and the other by Cyrus Dallin himself—brought to life by Arlington locals. 

At 10 a.m. Monday, April  18, 10 a.m., also get the inside story on the Battle of Menotomy and imagine what it was like on that tumultuous day in 1775. 

This free program takes place in the newly renovated Whittemore Park, 611 Mass Ave, Arlington. Free parking is available in all town municipal lots. Bring a chair and/or blanket, and maybe a picnic basket?

Families are welcome.

You’ll also learn about Dallin’s 57-year battle to complete his famous monument to Paul Revere in Boston’s North End. In addition, the museum will be open and you can view a newly acquired 3-foot antique bronze cast of Dallin’s Revere statue after the presentation.

Afterwards, you can move down to Town Hall and enjoy additional Patriots’ Day festivities—Paul Revere and William Dawes arrive at noon.

Rain date: Sunday, April 24, 11 a.m. 

Program highlights

Hear the following exciting presentations:

  • Welcome statement—Geri Tremblay, president, Board of Directors, Cyrus Dallin Art Museum;
  • Historical content—Michael Ruderman, Arlington Town Meeting member;
  • Reading of Paul Revere’s Ride—Larry Slotnick, Arlington Town Meeting member;
  • Battle of Menotomy—George Parsons, president, Arlington Historical Society;
  • Story of Dallin’s Revere sculpture—Nancy Blanton, director, Cyrus Dallin Art Museum;
  • Dallin’s corollary to Longfellow’s Poem—Rod Holland, Arlington Town meeting Member; and
  • Closing statement—Sarah Burks, chairwoman, Board of Trustees, Cyrus Dallin Art Museum.
Menotomy Minutemen role in American Revolution

On April 18, 1775, North America changed forever. 

A revolution began between the colonists inhabiting this land who’d migrated from Europe, and the British Empire. King George finally pushed the colonists too far. Riding on horseback from Charlestown, Paul Revere, William Dawes and Samuel Prescott alerted the locals that the Redcoats were coming.

That still-mysterious “shot heard around the world” was then fired in Lexington on the morning of April 19, putting in motion the American Revolution—a time in our country’s history that would shape the strengths, beliefs, and landscape of this continent, even to this day. 

A good portion of the fighting that day was done in the small village of Menotomy, now named Arlington. Local Minutemen, joined by those from towns as far away as Danvers, combatted with the retreating Redcoats as they tried to make it back to Boston. Jason Russell, a Menotomy village local, gave the ultimate sacrifice, along with numerous other townsfolk, as they made a last ditch effort to thwart off the Redcoats at Russell’s home. 

It became known as “the bloodiest half-mile of all the Battle Road.” More Redcoats and Patriots were killed and wounded in Menotomy that day than in all other towns combined. Long-overlooked Menotomy, now Arlington, is where the action really was on April 19, 1775.

See the newly acquired Paul Revere statue

The museum will be open for visitors after the presentation. 

Unum Insurance, the successor company of the Paul Revere Life Insurance Co. in Worcester generously donated a beautiful 3-foot high bronze cast of Paul Revere No. 5 to the Dallin Museum. 

Dallin created this model in 1899 to revive public interest in the historic monument project, which had been stalled for 16 years at that point. Unum’s bronze was later acquired by chairman and president of the Paul Revere Insurance Co., Frank Harrington (1902–1988), who was also an avid collector of all things Paul Revere. 

The Dallin Museum is thrilled to add this bronze statue to its collection, and thanks the Worcester Historical Museum for helping to coordinate this gift.

Kids can attend a sculpture workshop; register by Friday

Adding to the day’s activities is a fun hands-on sculpture workshop for kids ages 6 to 12, starting at 12:30 p.m.

The children will participate in an age-appropriate tour of the galleries, followed by a hand-building workshop where they explore how young Cyrus Dallin taught himself to sculpt by observing the wildlife and people around him, and then create their own clay sculptures. All children must be accompanied by a caregiver.

Space is limited. Early registration is recommended. Please register by Friday, April 15, at Eventbrite >> A materials fee of $20 per child ($15 for members) is due in advance of the program.

For more information, contact Nancy Blanton, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 617-304-9655. 

Dallin Museum

Following the Patriots Day programs, the Dallin Museum will close temporarily through early July for the installation of a new Indigenous Peoples Gallery exhibit and entry hall improvements.

Visit dallin.org/news for more information on this exciting project, which is supported by grants from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area.

For more information about Dallin’s work and museum events, visit dallin.org.


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This news announcement was published Monday, April 4, 2022, and updated April 21, to add link to photos.