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More to Patriots Day than the Battle of Lexington





Is dawn simply too early to catch the start of the American Revolution? Don’t feel guilty about hitting the snooze button this year.

While thousands pull themselves out of bed to witness the annual reenactment of the Battle of Lexington at 5:30 a.m. on Patriots Day, you can sample colonial history throughout the coming week — and at a more civilized hour.

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The Lexington Historical Society explores how news went viral in 1775 with its new exhibit “#Alarmed! 18th Century Social Media,” on view at the Buckman Tavern. Postings, sharing, and memes all had their equivalents in the 18th century, contributing to a communications network that launched a revolution. For information, call 781-862-0295 or go to www.lexingtonhistory.org.

Minute Man National Historical Park has packed its schedule with everything from musket firing demonstrations to exhibits on colonial clothing. Don’t miss the reenactment of “Parker’s Revenge” on Saturday
at 2 p.m. on the Battle Road Trail behind the park’s Lexington visitor center. And for a change of pace, learn about “Revolutionary Dogs: Paws for the Cause” at 2 p.m. on Sunday
.

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If you haven’t had your fill by then, you can still set your alarm early on Monday, April 17, for the 5:30 a.m. battle reenactment at Lexington Green and the 8:45 a.m. commemoration at Concord’s North Bridge. For the complete rundown, go to www.nps.gov/mima.

Feeling the urge to clean? Ventress Memorial Library in Marshfield will hold a free 90-minute workshop on decluttering for spring on Monday
, at 7 p.m. And the Scituate Council on Aging is hosting a forum and panel discussion titled “Helping the Helpers: Supportive Approaches to Decluttering” on Tuesday
at 6:30 p.m.

Here’s another rite of spring: counting fish. Join the Mystic River Watershed Association for its annual count of herring as they migrate from the ocean through the Mystic River, up the fish ladder at the Mystic Lakes Dam in Medford, and beyond. Counting takes place daily through June. To sign up, go to mysticriver.org/herring-monitoring or e-mail herring@mysticriver.org.

Leslie Anderson can be reached at leslie.anderson@globe.com.


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