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Malden to Reenact Historical Town Instructions

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Please join Mayor Gary Christenson and Library Director Dora St. Martin as Malden gets into the spirit of Independence Day with a series of exciting events at the Malden Public Library, 36 Salem Street on Friday, June 29th.  

Taking place from 4 to 5 PM in the Converse Memorial Building, the Library will display the original and the digitized version of Malden’s town records from the Revolutionary war period. At 5 PM attendees will proceed to the front lawn where Local Historian and period actor Tom Coots will perform the Third Annual Reading of the town “Instructions.”  This year Tom Coots will be escorted to the event by a Fife & Drum parade. For anyone who is interested in participating in the reenactment and is able to dress in period-appropriate costumes, please contact Ron Cochran at for more information.  ​

The May 27, 1776 document entitled “Instructions of the Inhabitants of Malden, Massachusetts to their Representatives in Congress” was unanimously voted on by the townspeople of Malden to be delivered to the Second Continental Congress via their representative Ezra Sargeant. In the 1776 communication, the voting citizens of Malden renounce the Colony’s ties to the Kingdom of Great Britain and set forth their wish to become an independent “American” republic. The document is credited as a precursor to the Declaration of Independence written in July of 1776 when the Continental Congress formally declared their independence from England. The original historical document will remain on display for viewing.

Tom Coots' Reenactment of the Historical Reading of Malden's Town Instructions

Released by the Office of Mayor Gary Christenson

Photo by City of Malden