Submitted by the Bedford Historical Society

Frank Rigg – Courtesy image (c) all rights reserved

How did Boston silversmith and bell-maker Paul Revere end up riding to alert the countryside in April 1775 that “the British are coming?”

It makes sense that he rode to give this alert, since he was an express rider for the Boston Committee of Correspondence and the MA Committee of Safety in 1774 and 1775, and carried news, messages, and copies of important documents from Boston as far away as New York and Philadelphia. These facts and others will be presented by the Bedford Historical Society’s guest speaker, Frank Rigg, following the Society’s Potluck Supper and Annual Meeting on Sunday, May 19, 2019, in Upper Fellowship Hall of the First Church of Christ, Congregational, 25 The Great Rd., Bedford.

The event will begin at 6 pm with a social period featuring punch and appetizers.  A potluck dinner will start around 6:45 pm; every family is asked to bring a main dish, side dish, salad or dessert to feed eight or more.  The Society will provide beverages.

Around 7:30, following the dinner, President Don Corey will give his year-end report of Society activities, and the Annual Meeting will follow to elect Society Officers and Directors for the coming year.  After the elections, guest speaker Frank Rigg will begin his presentation, entitled “Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride: The Myth and the Man.”

The public is invited to attend as guests of the Society but should contact the Society office (781-275-7276 or info@bedfordmahaistory.org) if interested in attending the potluck supper, as a food item will be requested.

Mr. Rigg, a Carlisle resident, retired from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library as Museum Curator.  He worked at the Kennedy Library for 29 years, first as Director of Visitor Services and later as Director of Museum Operations, Deputy Curator and Museum Curator.  In that last position, he was responsible for the design and orchestration of the Library’s Museum exhibits and preservation and cataloging of the entire Museum collection.

Mr. Rigg also served as Executive Director of the Paul Revere Memorial Association, which preserves and interprets two historic Boston properties:  the Paul Revere House and the Pierce/Hichborn House.  He has agreed to serve on the Bedford Historical Society’s soon-to-be-created Museum Advisory Board comprised of experienced museum professionals who will advise the Society on exhibits, programs, and other activities for Bedford’s new historical museum at Old Town Hall.

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