Declaring Independence: Then and Now

On Monday, April 30th, the Woburn Historical Society and Woburn Public Library, in conjunction with the Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area and the American Antiquarian Society, will present “Declaring Independence: Then and Now; Reconsidering the promises of the Declaration of Independence: A narrated performance and community conversation.” What did the Declaration of Independence mean to citizens of 1776? What meanings does it hold for us today? This thought provoking public performance piece seeks to explore these questions through an animated reading of our “American Scripture” by costumed living-history performers.  As the 18thcentury words and ideas are spoken, a narrator probes their meaning and challenges the audience to consider their relevance and power for today. The event, beginning at 7 pm at the Woburn Memorial High School Auditorium, 88 Montvale Ave, Woburn MA, is free and open to the public, and should be of particular interest to adults, middle school, and high school students. The auditorium is accessible and on site parking is free. Light refreshments will be served.