Historical Society Marking the Signing of the First U.S. Treaty, Hosting Art Exhibit

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Members of the United Native American Cultural Center in Devens play a traditional Native American song as part of the celebration of the signing of the Treaty of Watertown and the first reading of the Declaration of Independence at Watertown’s Edmund Fowle House.

Two historic events from the early days of this nation will be celebrated by the Historical Society of Watertown. The group is also hosting an art exhibit featuring the work of a local artist.

On Saturday, July 20, the Historical Society will recreate the signing of the first treaty signed by a fledgling United States, along with the first reading of the Declaration of Independence. Both events took place in Watertown. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Edmund Fowle House, 28 Marshall St., Watertown.

The group sent out the following information:

Come to this annual event marking the first time the Declaration of Independence was read to the citizens of Watertown on July 18, 1776.

We will also celebrate the July 19, 1776 signing of the first treaty negotiated by our new nation with a foreign power, namely the St. John’s (a.k.a. Maliseet) and Mi’kmaq Tribes of Nova Scotia. Special presentations by invited guests will enlighten us on how the Treaty of Watertown relates to current events.

The Nugumij (Grandmother) drum from the United Native American Cultural center will be presented. Drummers and singers will perform several songs to mark the occasion. Members and guests dressed in their Native regalia, and the colonial re-encactors will be present to share their stories.

They Edmund Fowle House will be open for free tours.

A donation basket for non-perishable food will be available for the Watertown Food Pantry. The event is partially funded by the Watertown Community Foundation.

For further information and directions see www.HistoricalSocietyofWatertownMA.org or call Audrey Jones Childs at 617-926-2577.

Art Exhibit Opening

The Historical Society will also host the Grand Opening for “The Art of Franklin Jones” is on Sunday, June 30,2019 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The exhibit will be held at the Edmund Fowle House.

Jones, who passed away in 2007, graduated of Watertown High School and was inspired by his Watertown High School art teacher to become an artist. In the years that followed he worked as an artist, illustrator, photographer, teacher and author. He was known locally as a political cartoonist for the Watertown Sun newspaper.

A painting, a linoleum print, sketches and cartoons will be on display.

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