Kent Town Hall, Kent Green Boulvard , Kent, CT Phone: 860-927-4587.
“Resolved to Be Free”, a film depicting Connecticut’s colonists in the early days of the American Revolution, will be shown as part of the Kent Historical Society’s Sunday Series on January 20, 2013, at 2:00 PM at the Kent Town Hall. Filmed on sites of early battles with the British, it highlights the immediate response of our Colony’s fighting men to hostilities in Lexington and Concord, including Israel Putnam, Ethan Allan and the early role of Benedict Arnold. The famous Battle of New London is portrayed by militia re-enactors including members of the Medad Hills Muzzle Loaders. Another highlight of the film is the recreation of the Battle of Fort Griswell which culminated in the burning of Groton and New London. Besides re-enactments, the action-packed film uses paintings of battle scenes and portraits of influential men such as Oliver Wolcott and Roger Sherman. These men worked behind the scenes to form and arm the militia. Connecticut is cited as having an important role in supplying military leaders, militia and supplies to the Continental Army. Salisbury’s iron industry played an important role in supplying cannons during the War. Following the 29-minute film, Roger Gonzales, a former member of the Medad Mills Muzzle Loaders and an expert on the history of muskets, will discuss their use from before the French and Indian Wars through the War of 1812. The film was produced by the American Revolution Bicentennial Commission. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. For more information: Lyn Stirnweiss 860-927-4587 | firstname.lastname@example.org.