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Free history talk on the Ride of Paul Revere

Posted: April 5, 2013 2:57 p.m.
Updated: April 8, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Wednesday, April 10 from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at the Kershaw County Library’s Camden location there will be story-telling relating to the ride of Paul Revere and the events of April 19 1775, courtesy of the Revolutionary War Veterans Association.

It will not be the story most think they know, or the story they heard in school. It will be the real story, the story that historians have discovered-- the story of the first day of the American Revolution.

Along the way, the story will answer questions like: Who fired the famous "Shot Heard Round the World"? Historians have debated this for years, but the real answer will be revealed on Wednesday evening.

Why did it take "three strikes of the match" before the American Revolution began? The revolution supposedly started on Lexington Green, when Capt. John Parker’s men were shot down by the redcoats-- but surprisingly, it did not began there. Nor did it begin with the fighting at the North Bridge in Concord a few hours later. Audience members will learn the name of the obscure place the revolution really began.

How were some local peasants (as they were viewed by the British army) able to break the British line at Concord’s North Bridge - in less than two minutes? Some original historical research suggests why, and the answer, unlike the answer to most historical questions, is one word. That one word will also be revealed.

Participants will be surprised by how much is known of that first day of the American Revolution, a day that some believe is the most important day in American history.

Participants will also be surprised at how little you know of that first day, the most important date in American history.

Audience members will be surprised to find how relevant that first day is to life today, and that some of the stories of that day, stories never heard, are unexpectedly inspiring and are said to unexpectedly "rouse an echo in your heart."

Maybe historians are right. Maybe history can be important. Maybe heritage can be worth knowing.

Find out at 6:30 p.m. at the Kershaw County Public Library on April 10.

This free history talk is presented by the Revolutionary War Veteran’s Association.

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