A story-telling event relating to the ride of Paul Revere and the events of April 19, 1775, is set for
6 p.m. Tuesday at the Crawfordsville District Public Library. The event is courtesy of the Revolutionary War Veterans Association.
“It will not be the story you think you know or the story you heard in school,” said Katy Myers, adult program director at CDPL. “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 many people didn’t even know existed, like:
• Who fired the famous “shot heard round the world”? Historians have debated this for years.
• Why did it take “three strikes of the match” before the American Revolution began? Yes, you believe the revolution 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.
• 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.
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.
Those who attend the event will be surprised to learn how relevant that first day is to life today. They will hear untold stories of that day that are unexpectedly inspiring and that unexpectedly rouse an echo in the listener’s heart.