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2012 Gathering_MA


AUGUST 9-12, 2012

Boston, MA


Dates: August 9-12, 2012, with board members meeting August 8.

Location: Boston, MA (with excursion to Lexington, MA)

Letter from the Boston, MA 2012 Host

Focus: William Munroe of Lexington, MA, who arrived in Boston as an indentured servant in 1652 and became an early settler of Lexington after his indenture. Eight of his descendants were among the 79 – 80 men who faced the British on Lexington Green in April, 1775. Also the Scots’ Charitable Society, founded in Boston in 1657 by other former indentured servants who arrived in Boston with Wm. Munroe. Also we will see the various Colonial / Revolutionary sights in Boston.

Historical Connections: Wm. Munroe, Scots’ Charitable Society, Revolutionary Boston

Local points of interest & activities: Lexington, MA., (incl. Hancock-Clarke House, Buckman Tavern, Munro Tavern, Lexington Green, Old Burying Ground.) In Boston, the Freedom Trail (incl. Kings Chapel, Granary & Kings Burial Grounds, Old South Meeting House, Old State House, Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere House, Old North Church), Quincy Marker, Boston Waterfront, Newbury Street, North End (with weekend Italian Street Festivals), Charles River Esplanade (with free outdoor movies on Fridays at the Hatch Shell [think 4th of July w. Boston Pops], Fenway Park. Cambridge, MA (incl. Harvard Sq. & Harvard Univ.)

Access points: Rail from New York and Chicago / Buffalo / Albany – South Station
Air – Logan Airport (Airlines include Air Canada, AirTran, Alaska, American, Continental, Delta, Frontier, Jet Blue, Southwest, Sun Country, United, US Airways, and Virgin America

Hotel: The Omni Parker House (the oldest continuously operating hotel in the U.S.) web site:
The Parker House is literally across the street from the Freedom Trail and within 2 or 3 blocks from many of the sights listed above. The hotel’s proximity to so many historical and tourist sights means that chartered busses will be required only for the Saturday excursion to Lexington, and that attendees can choose among a number of places to see and things to do (rather than tying everybody to a single sightseeing program). This should be especially attractive to people who have been to Boston before and would like to see something new. The meeting rooms the hotel has for us are very attractive and will be provided free with a catering guarantee. They also are offering a number of extras described in the attached brochures

Formal Program: The Friday afternoon program will be a shared presentation by Diane Rapaport and John Kilgore. Diane, a resident of Lexington, is an authority on William Munroe and on those few hundred Scots who were sold into indentured servitude in the Massachusetts Bay Colony after their capture at either the Battle or Dunbar or the Battle of Worcester. John and his wife, Gail, have for many years hosted Clan Monroe tents at a number of Highland Games in New England. John is president of the Scots Charitable Society of Boston, founded in 1657 by a number of fellow former indentured servants of Wm. Munroe. The Scots Charitable is the oldest charitable organization in the U.S., and John will talk about its history. (Update – John is trying to demure. If that is the case, Jeff Smith, who is VP and will be President of SCS by then, would be happy to talk, or I could)
The Saturday program will consist of a tour of the various sites in Lexington, MA., associated with the Revolution &/or the Munroes. Lunch will be catered at the old Lexington railroad depot, which is now the headquarters of the Lexington Historical Society. (I’ve met with the director of the Lexington Historical Society. They will work on logistics and are excited to have the Munroes coming to town. If this is done right, we may be able to get some local P/R about this visit.) If time permits, the tour may extend out to Concord, MA and the Old North Bridge.

Kirkin: Though it’s hard to believe, there is no Presbyterian church in downtown Boston. Historic King’s Chapel is, literally, across the street from the Parker House. Founded in 1686 as Boston’s Anglican congregation, its current building opened in 1754. Its bell, which cracked in 1814, was recast by Paul Revere still is rung on Sunday mornings. In the 1780s, King’s adopted Unitarian principals which led to a split from the Anglican church. While a Unitarian congregation, King’s still uses a revised Anglican Book of Common Prayer. I have an agreement worked out with Dianne Arakawa, the senior Minister for the use of the church for a 9:00 service. I’ve asked Randy Mathis if he would be available to lead the service or share the service with Diane if she wants to conduct it.


Fred G. Hoffman



Registration for the 2012 Annual Gathering

August 9-12, in Boston, Massachusetts

Names (as you’d like them to appear on your name tag).

City / State / Zip __________________________________________________
E-mail:____________________________  Phone:_________________________
Check here if address information is new___ or it you are a first-time attendee____
Registration must be received prior to July 9th to get the best rate.
Registration fees include : Friday buffet lunch, Saturday transportation to Lexington, tour of Lexington historic sites, and box lunch, and Saturday Gala Banquet.
# ___ of Adults at $280 per person ($320 after July 9th)   = $_________
# ___ of Children (under 12) at $200 ($225 after July 9th) = $________
# ___ of people for Old North Church Tour at $4 each       = $________
# ___ of people for Copp’s Hill Burying Ground at $4 each = $________
Total Payment enclosed .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . . . .  .  .  .  .   $________
Make Checks Payable to:  “CMA 2012 Gathering”

and mail with this registration form to:   Fred Hoffman
324 Crafts Street
Newtonville, MA 02460

How many in your party wish to register for the New England Historic Genealogical Society presentation at the Parker House on Friday afternoon?  _______.
Please mark your choice for main course for the Saturday banquet (Please show the number of people choosing each option):
Pan-Seared Sirloin: _____                                      Baked Boston Schrod: _____
Ricotta and Spinach Handkerchiefs: _____    Kids’ Meal (chicken fingers)_____