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Meet Abiel Briggs, a Living History Presentation
January 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The public is invited a living history presentation at Hope Library on Sunday, Jan. 22, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Hank Lunn, historian and retired teacher, will introduce attendees to Abiel Briggs, a farmer living in Massachusetts in 1775 on the eve of the American Revolution.
The presentation is made in period costume, equipment and with maps of the route across Maine to Quebec. Lunn is a descendent of Briggs.
This is a free event. Light refreshments will be served. Hope Library is located at 443 Camden Road in the Hope Town Office building.
ABOUT ABIEL BRIGGS: Abiel, a 16-year-old farmer living with his Loyalist parents in Freetown, Massachusetts in 1775, was asked by his parents to pledge allegiance to the English King. He refused, left home and his family, walked to Cambridge and joined Gen. George Washington’s army for the invasion of Quebec under the command of Benedict Arnold. Abiel and his family settled in Aroostook County after the American Revolution.
ABOUT HANK LUNN: A retired history teacher, school counselor and educational consultant, Hank Lunn has more than 40 years of experience in the schools of Midcoast Maine and around the state. For the past several years Lunn has been delivering living history presentations to schools, historical societies, libraries, and community organizations. His special interests are the common soldiers in the American Revolution and the Civil War and a particular emphasis Arnold’s March to Quebec in 1775, and a man from Littleton, Maine who served with the 20th Maine at the Battle of Gettysburg. All presentations are made in historically correct costumes and equipment, supported with maps and other resource materials. As a member of the Ancient Ones of Maine, Lunn participates in 1760-era Rendezvous in Maine and New England as a Revolutionary War volunteer.