Not Afraid to Go

Acton's Part in the Birth and Preservation of Our Nation

An exhibit at the Acton Memorial Libary

GAR in 1900 in front of the Acton Memorial Library

This permanent exhibition at the Memorial Library was dedicated on Patriots' Day, April 19, 2008. The exhibit starts with the establishment of colonial militias and covers the Revolution, War of 1812, Baltimore Riot and Civil War. The exhibit showcases numerous artifacts owned by the library and many replicas from the Acton Historical Society’s extensive collection. The exhibit was funded by a Community Preservation Act grant, the Friends of the Acton Libraries, the Acton Memorial Library Foundations Matching Donations Fund, the Acton Rotary Club, the Acton Lions Club and the library’s Lois Parker Fund. “Not Afraid to Go” is available for viewing whenever the library is open.


Exhibition tour


Exhibition audio stations


Introduction Audio Text (PDF)
Eyewitnesses to April 19, 1775 Audio Text (PDF)
James Hayward’s Choice Audio Text (PDF)
Hannah Davis Deposition Audio Text (PDF)
Acton and the Fugitive Slave Act Audio Text (PDF)
George Reed's April 20, 1861 letter home Audio Text (PDF)
Henry Hapgood's letter from Virginia Audio Text (PDF)
Diaries of Aaron Jones Fletcher and Edwin Taft Audio Text (PDF)
Nathaniel Allen at Gettysburg Audio Text (PDF)
Aaron Jones Fletcher letter about the Battle of Cedar Creek Audio Text (PDF)
Excerpts of letters from Maria Kinsley and Hephzibah Piper Audio Text (PDF)
Letters to Henry Hapgood Audio Text (PDF)
Letters to Aaron Jones Fletcher Audio Text (PDF)
The Aging Veterans Audio Text (PDF)
The Gift of Acton Memorial Library and its Dedication Audio Text (PDF)
Conclusion Audio Text (PDF)

Audio credits:

Narrator:  Anne Hancock

Cast:  Dean Charter, Edmund Claypool, Eric Hanselman, Evan Kelly, Bobbie-Jean Powell