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Upcoming events in the New England area

26 July 2009: Triumph Trans-America Charity Drive visits Boston
Larz Anderson Park, Brookline, MA
Starts at 10:00am

To learn more about the 10,000 mile charity drive, visit http://triumphtransamerica.org.uk/.

Til 23 August 2009: The Yale Center for British Art presents"Seascapes, Marine Paintings and Watercolors" from the U Collection

Yale Center for British Art
1080 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT

Visit the Yale Center for British Art online for more details.

Boston’s Birthday (Charter Day) September 10-13 2009, with a special focus on its British roots. Click here for more information on the week’s activities.

New! What happened to the twinning relationship between Worcester, Massachusetts and Worcester, England? Mandy talks about the ups and downs, and what we can do about it. Hear more…

September 2008 – January 5, 2009

The year 2008 marks the 225th anniversary of Treaty of Paris that ended the American Revolution. However, its legacy has been much greater than merely ending the war: it reshaped North America, creating new political relationships, voicing new American identities, and leading to the forging of new lives throughout North America. This international exhibition brings together for the first time Library and Archives of Canada with the National Archives and Records Administration.

The eight-month exhibit will feature many valuable archival treasures from the vaults of both institutions, including the rarely-seen American copy of the 1783 Treaty of Paris. After premiering at the Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa on May 5, 2008, the exhibit will travel to the National Archives’ Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery in Washington to open on the treaty’s anniversary date of September 3rd.

from Archives.gov

Earlier this year, the Telegraph listed the 50 most influential British men and women in the United States. What do you think? Are these rankings deserved, or is it utter rubbish?

[See it here]

The Ning network is the new home of the group. I first discovered Ning when I joined a group there myself. It is a very flexible and easily manageable system, so I hope to see a lot of discussion and interaction.

The purpose of The British American Group, as you know, is to join together expats and the vast majority of Americans who claim British ancestry. We strive to enhance British culture in New England, and to further Americans’ ties with the UK.

Americans with British heritage can learn more about their ancestral homeland. Expatriate Britons can support and connect with one another, sharing experiences about life in America. Join today and help create a cultured and innovate New England!

See it now: http://british-american.ning.com

I’m a little miffed.

Ok, more than a little. I just didn’t think it would be this difficult to try and get a hold of people who would be able to get the twinning process underway. What is wrong with our Worcester city government here in the US? The English end has been just fine. The only American I have been able to contact is a kind reporter from the Telegram and Gazette, the local Worcester, MA newspaper.

Here’s the story. I was pained to hear that our English counterpart was feeling neglected, as reported in all sorts of newspapers. How embarrassing! Mayor (at that time) Stephen Inman of Worcester, England was bummed out because there was great fanfare when the twinning was agreed upon, then basically rejected. Many English came to stay in Worcester Massachusetts and went home thinking that a lot of productivity was underway, only to have their efforts die out on American soil.

The (English) Worcester Twinning Association is an initiative designed to establish and maintain ongoing relations between the people of both cities. Fred Stone, the liaison officer of the Worcester Twinning Association, had sent an editorial to the local newspapers. In it he wrote: “In 1999 the mayors of Worcester, Mass. and Worcester, England, signed a Twinning Agreement which should have, amongst other things, facilitated visits, both ways, by the citizens of the two cities.”

Stone also stated that after trying in vain to connect the two parties, he was now considering abandoning any attempt at twinning with Worcester, Mass.”

Don’t let this happen! If you are in the central Massachusetts area and would like to help volunteer your time to solidify ties, please let the city know!!

The town of West Boylston in Massachusetts celebrates its bicentennial this month! There has been a West Boylston Bicentennial 5K walk/run; a Revolutionary War memorial on the common and the grave of Joseph Dwelley, a Revolutionary soldier buried in Mount Vernon Cemetery, will be rededicated.

There’s even a battle between His Majesty’s Fifth Regiment of foot and rebels of the Fourth Middlesex, aided by the French 85 Regiment de Saintonge.

It’s history that has come alive, and this small town does everything it can to celebrate its roots and teach its children about their ancestors.

For more, visit the official website at: http://www.westboylston200.com/


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