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Following is a list of books which are available from the Lincoln Historical Society.
Books are available from the Old Town Hall Exchange in Lincoln Center or by mail.
Please send orders to:
             Lincoln Historical Society
             P.O. Box 6084
             Lincoln Center, MA 01773

Please include a shipping and handling charge of $4 for each book

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William Smith, Captain: Life and Death of A Soldier of the American Revolution   $15.95

In 1786, Abigail Adams wrote this about her brother, William Smith: "Let all remembrance of his connection with this family cease, by a total silence upon the subject. … My friends will do me a kindness by strictly adhering to this request."

The manner in which William Smith became Captain of a minute man company at the age of 28 and a participant in the most important day in American history, only to die in poverty, disgrace, and estrangement from his wife and family at the age of 40, is a tangled tale. The tale is told here in an engaging style, tracing the lives of William Smith, his wife and six children, his slave Cato, and their relationships with William's famous sister, Abigail Adams. 

While telling William's tale, this book also explores the life of American soldiers in camp during the Siege of Boston, the rewards and hazards of privateering during the Revolutionary War, the treatment of American prisoners of war by the British, and the social and economic challenges faced by New England families during and after the War.

In April 1775, William Smith and his family occupied one of the largest farms in Lincoln, Massachusetts, west of Boston. Even though he had no military experience and had moved to Lincoln only a year or so earlier, William was elected Captain of the town's minute men. When the American Revolution began on April 19, 1775, Captain William Smith and his soldiers joined the day-long battle with British troops that began at the North Bridge in Concord. As the Patriot army stood overlooking the North Bridge, wracked with indecision, William Smith's offer to have his minute men attack the British galvanized the resolve of those around him, and the Patriot army marched toward the Bridge.

William Smith then joined the Siege of Boston as a Captain in the new Continental Army. Yet within two months, he would be absent from the battlefield as his soldiers fought at Bunker Hill. Within thirty months, he would be a British prisoner of war, having been captured during an ill-fated venture as a privateer.  Within a dozen years, William would be dead, far from family and fame.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Donald L. Hafner was Professor of Political Science at Boston College, now retired.  His prior books and journal articles, published in the United States and abroad, have dealt with international politics, American foreign policy, and arms control. At Boston College, he served as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs from 2007 to 2014. He currently serves as Captain of the Lincoln Minute Men, of Lincoln, Massachusetts—the same position once held by Captain William Smith.

William Smith Book Cover
War Memorial Book
- History
- Online Book
Heroine of the Battle Road
This is a play about the start of the American Revolution.  No Charge.  Online!

One early Spring morning in 1775, a young woman watched from her window, searching for evidence of impending danger. Mary Flint Hartwell lived in Lincoln, a small town like many other farming communities on the outskirts of Boston. As the wife of a Lincoln Minute Man, Mary knew something was about to happen. Before the day was over, she would become a witness and participant in a series of events, which would alter the course of history

 By April of 1775, a series of explosive conflicts had occurred in the American Colonies—the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, and others that alienated the colonists from their mother country, England. Heroine of the Battle Road captures the patriotism, bravery and emotions of a young mother of three small children who responded to the call to warn her neighbors of the approach of British soldiers. Without regard for her own safety, Mary Hartwell ventured into the night to take up the alarm that Paul Revere had carried until his capture by a British patrol.

This captivating, historical drama takes you back in time and allows you to share in the lives of real people who found themselves embroiled in events leading the birth of a nation.
- Online Book
Mary Flint Hartwell 
Strong Hands and a Willing Heart
An Introduction to the Journal of James Lorin Chapin, 1848-1850
by Jane Langton
(November 2013) No Charge.  Online!

An online publication of 117 pages including 33 illustrations, Bibliography, Calendar of Chapin’s Work on the farm, Trips to Quincy and Brighton Markets, Chapin Family Genealogy and Author’s biography

Noted Lincoln author, Jane Langton, introduces the reader to a young Lincoln farmer and teacher through selections from his meticulous journal of mid-nineteenth century life. Langton has organized her presentation into major topics of the day as reflected in Chapin’s own words, as well as others of his time. Period illustrations enliven the book. With extensive research, intellectual zest and her distinctive humor, Langton brings Chapin to life and sets his ideas and lifestyle into the perspective of the times.

James Chapin
Embattled Farmers (April 2013)
Campaigns and Profiles of Revolutionary Soldiers
from Lincoln, Massachusetts, 1775-1783

View the writeup.
Now going into its third printing (November 2013) !

Also, visit the book website - EmbattledFarmers.org
Soft or Hard Cover
Images of America - Lincoln (2003)

By the Lincoln Historical Society (2003), 128 pages divided into five sections of annotated photographs and maps; paper; Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 0-7385-1146-3   $20.00

Tells the story of the town of Lincoln's history through annotated photographs culled from historical archives and family collections.  It includes photographs of Lincoln's notable people, pastimes and celebrations, farms and buildings, and natural resources.  Here are the forefathers, foremothers, farm owners, and gentry who left a treasure trove of images illustrating how this small town was developed and reinvented over the years.

A Rich Harvest: The History, Buildings and People of Lincoln, Massachusetts,
by John C. MacLean (1987).

680 pages; 8 pages color plates; color jacket; 250 illustrations; notes; bibliography; index; hardbound.  ISBN 0-944856-01-2  $30.00

Describes in broad scope and minute detail the unique three hundred year history of people, farms, churches, issues, and ideals that have left us the "rich harvest" of today's Lincoln.  Paul Revere's revolutionary ride ended in North Lincoln.  Then the town volunteers who helped to win that conflict and their descendents went on to succeed through the centuries with many other revolutionary enterprises including early establishment of the Liberal School, public libraries, high schools, farm-to-factory pickle production, zoning, conservation law, and land-use planning.

The View from Lincoln Hill: Man and the Land In a New England Town,
by Paul Brooks (1976).
273 pages, author's line drawings, index, hardboard. A noted conservationist and writer, he examines a town's development by focusing upon the evolution of the land itself. 
Retail price: $

Inheritance: Lincoln Public Buildings and the Historic District,
by Margaret Mutchler Martin (1988).
112 pages. Includes architectural drawings of the buildings in the historic district, as well photographs of the sculptures that decorate our public land. The author studies the evolution of civic architecture from vernacular to professional. From 1746 to the present. 
Retail Price: $15.00

Lincoln Libraries, 1789-1984,
by John C. MacLean and Margaret Mutchler Martin (1984).
112 pages, 34 illustrations, paper bound. The authors describe the role of community libraries from private " Social Libraries" through the modern public system.
Retail price: $15.00

The Smiths of Sandy Pond Road,
by Sumner Smith (1983)
95 pages, 24 illustrations, paper bound. Born in 1889, Smith recalls the transfer from a family-farm tradition to the business world.
Retail price: $15.00
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Heroes of the Battle Road,
by Frank W.C. Hersey
47 pages, 27 illustrations, paper bound. Reprint of a 1930 narrative of events in Lincoln on April 18 & 19 1775, including Paul Revere's capture. Reprinted in 2010.
Retail price: $

The Chambers-Russell-Codman House and Family,
by Margaret Mutchler Martin (1996)
227 pages, 37 illustrations, hard bound.
Retail price: $30.00
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Voiceprints of Lincoln
by Ruth Moulton Ragan (1991).
Retail price $30.00
Five Roads
Photographs by Lincoln Residents. Text by Jane Langton.
Published by the Lincoln 1975 Bicentennial Commission (1975).
Retail price $5.00
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