Two weeks after the United Stated declared its independence from the British, the document proclaiming the new nation was read for the first time in Massachusetts in Watertown. The next day the first treaty entered into by the U.S. was signed in town, too.
On Saturday, July 19, 2014, the Historical Society of Watertown will mark the anniversaries of these events with a reading of the Declaration of Independence and a celebration of the Treaty of Watertown. The free event will be Saturday from noon-4 p.m. at the Edmund Fowle House and Museum, 28 Marshall St.
The Declaration was first read on July 18, 1776, and on July 19, 1776, a treaty was signed with the St. John’s (aka Maliseet) and Mi’kmaq Tribes of Nova Scotia. Drummers/Singers will perform several songs to mark the occasion. On Saturday, members of these tribes, dressed in their Native regalia and colonial reenactors will be present to share their stories.
Donations of non perishable food items for the Watertown Food Pantry would be most welcome.
For further information and directions see www.historicalsocietyofwatertownma.org or call Audrey Jones Childs at 617-926-2577.
This event is partially funded by a Watertown Community Foundation Block Party award.