VIDEO: ‘Declaring Independence’ Explores Meaning of Declaration of Independence

A performance of “Declaring Independence: Then & Now was performed on June 6 as a collaborative venture by the Westford Historical Society, the First Parish Church United and Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area.

The performance explored such questions as, what did the Declaration of Independence mean to citizens of 1776 and what meanings does it hold today?

The program is part of a multi-year joint initiative of Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area and the American Antiquarian Society to engage citizens in the ideas and transformative potential of the Declaration of Independence.

This initiative includes researching the ways in which independence was conceived and debated within colonial communities in the years leading up to 1776; tracing how the Declaration’s role evolved in American communities; and considering the challenges and potential of this living document for Americans today.