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Braintree Instructions

  • Sunday, September 16, 2018
  • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • BHS Campus, Library and Resource Center


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Attention Braintree Youth Groups

Do You Want to Create a Braintree Instructions Skit for the Braintree Historical Society’s Heritage Day Celebration on September 16th?

The Braintree Instructions were all about a group of colonists getting together to tell the British Government a few things they wanted changed about their policies; it was about representation, the people here in the colonies didn’t want a tax (the Stamp Act) imposed without getting the chance to vote that tax; it wasn’t about lowering taxes but having a voice, this was democracy or the lack of it in action. Several people from the Braintree Town Meeting and voices like John Adams, who wrote the Instructions, on September 24, 1765 influenced how people thought and talked about the revolution over the next ten years. The Town Meeting instructed their representative, Ebenezer Thayer, to go to the Massachusetts General Court or legislature and highlight the Town’s concerns.

The Braintree Instructions were published in the Massachusetts Gazette on October 10, 1765 and four days later in the Boston Gazette. Eventually Adams' language was adopted by over forty other towns in Massachusetts.

What’s cool for Braintree, is that the Braintree Instructions event happened in what’s still called the town of Braintree today, at the First Congregational Church on Washington and Elm streets. 

We’d like to celebrate the call for rights by the people of Braintree, and democracy by hosting a small group of Braintree Instructions skits developed and presented by interested youth groups of today’s Braintree and the surrounding towns of Quincy, Holbrook and Randolph, which were once part of Old Braintree.

Youth groups will develop a skit whose theme could be one of the following or combine all three.

  • Covers the topic of rejecting the authority of the British Parliament over the colonies because of the imposition of the Stamp Act.
  • Funny - the topic will find the humor in the 1765 Stamp Act crisis or the revolution in 1775 and 1776.
  • Historic - the topic will reference some well-known, or not well-known history about the people of Braintree at the time, or the participants of the Stamp Act here in the United States or in the United Kingdom.

Open To All Youth groups under the age of 21:

We suggest each Skit team consist of at least 2 students, who will write their skid and perform the skit. Skits should last between 3 and 7 minutes.

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