Friends of History Camp

Recognizing our Friends of History Camp for their additional support with these benefits:

  • Name in the session guides for that year’s History Camp.
  • Name on signage at that year’s History Camp.
  • Name listed on the Friends of History Camp page (this page).
  • An invitation to the annual Friends of History Camp reception on Friday evening before History Camp Boston.
  • That year’s limited edition pin made exclusively for the Friends of History Camp.

Please join us as a Friend of History Camp this year with your donation of $150.


About the 2024 Friends of History Camp Pin

This pin depicts a stone tower that stands atop a hill in Somerville, Massachusetts, in an area that used to be part of Charlestown. It was built early in the 1700s as a windmill. In 1747, as the British Empire was at war against France and Spain, people realized that the tower could be useful for storing gunpowder. It stood at a distance from houses, and the stone walls would direct the force of any explosion up through a light wooden roof into the air.

There never was a gunpowder explosion at this site, but what happened there on September 1, 1774, set off a political upheaval. Gen. Thomas Gage, the royal governor, was trying to tamp down resistance to the Massachusetts Government Act and other Coercive Acts. As governor, he commanded the provincial military. Gage decided to move the militia’s gunpowder from that tower into Boston before it could slip into the hands of the resistance. At dawn on the morning of September 1, redcoat soldiers quietly entered the tower and removed all the powder.

News of that action—and dire exaggerated rumors about the British military attacking civilians—spread west. Overnight, men gathered in their town militia companies and marched toward Boston. On September 2, an estimated 5,000 militiamen thronged into Cambridge, demanding that every royal appointee in town resign. Historians later dubbed this event the “Powder Alarm.” By the end of that day, it was clear that Governor Gage no longer exercised any authority in the province outside of Boston. For all practical purposes, the rest of Massachusetts was independent of royal control.

Read more about the timeline of events in our handout from our Spring 2024 3-day program about 1774, The Pursuit of History: Rebellion in New England.

History Camp is a project of the non-profit organization The Pursuit of History, a registered non-profit devoted to bringing people from all walks of life together around history.

2024 Friends of History Camp

Mary Adams & Albert Mattin

Deirdre Anderson

Richard Battle

Susan Bennett & John Rosenberg

Anne Borg

Margo Burns

Sandra & Seth Campbell

Bob Doane

David and Janet Drake

Samuel Forman

Jocelyn Gilmartin

Lorna Hainesworth

Tom Hand

Erin Jorgensen

Donna Keesling & Eric Harting

Scott Kirsner & Amy Traverso

Marc Kristel

Liz Loveland

David & Carrie Lund

Dr. & Mrs. Dale Magee

Mike Manning

William & Kathryn McBride

Larisa Moran

Rachel Murphy

Scott Nadler

Michelle D. Novak

Jaimie Orr

Dawn Parkas

Michael Potaski

Beverly Rice

Lori Rogers-Stokes

Christopher Rosario

James Royer

Michael Shire

Alison Simcox

Gayle Smalley

Pat Spain

Larry & Dana Stuart

Barbara Tibbetts

Victoria Underhill

Lee Wright

Cecil & Verla Wright

Last updated January 21, 2024

Become a Friend of History Camp 2024 with your donation of $150 in 2024 as a single donation or through a recurring donation.

2023 Friends of History Camp

Marty Ahrens & Gary Madison

Julie Arrison-Bishop

Anne Borg

Sandra & Seth Campbell

Daniel Dailey

Dave Drake

Jan Drake

Joe Doyle

Stacey Ferguson

Samuel Forman

Jeff Giesea

Jocelyn Gilmartin

Lorna Hainesworth

Tom Hand

Douglas Heath

Cindy Hemenway

Gerald Holland

Erin Jorgensen

Donna Keesling

Scott Kirsner

Marc Kristel

Kathleen Langone

Chandra Lothian

Liz Loveland

David & Carrie Lund

Rachael Murphy

Larisa Moran

Scott Nadler

Paul Nevins

Michelle D. Novak

Joan Pagliuca

Lori Rogers-Stokes

Douglas Rowe

Peter Preovolos

Jennifer Price

Christopher Rosario

Catherine Sasanov

Larry Seltzer

Michael Shire

Kate Shuster

Alison Simcox

Richie & Kellie Smith

Gayle Smalley & Judith Curby

Larry & Dana Stuart

Barbara Tibbetts

Ash Toumayants

Amy Traverso

Victoria Underhill

Timothy Walsh

Lee Wright

Cecil & Verla Wright

Spencer Wright

2022 Friends of History Camp

Robert J. Allison

J.L. Bell

Julie Arrison-Bishop

Jen Deaderick

Roberta DeCenzo

Rose Doherty

Joe Doyle

Samuel Forman

Robert Forrant

Cathy Freedberg

Jeff Giesea

Jocelyn Gilmartin

Lorna Hainesworth

Erin Jorgensen

Donna Keesling

Erin & Chris Klein

Jonathan Lane

Bil Lewis

Chandra Lothian

Liz Loveland

Carrie Lund

Michael Manning

Larisa Moran

Rachael Murphy

Scott Nadler

Michelle D. Novak

Mark Pontoni

Markie Repp

Roxanne Reddington-Wilde

Patrick Riccards

Lori Rogers-Stokes

Catherine Sasanov

Michael Shire

Michele Steinberg

Timothy Walsh

Lee Wright

Cecil & Verla Wright