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Kickoff event of Liberty and Union Weekend at the Old Colony Historical Society: “Drumtastic!” presented by Stephen O'Neill,  Associate Director & Curator of Pilgrim Hall Museum, PLymouth, MA. See and hear the history of drums and drumming in Massachusetts. Drums have a long and loud history in Massachusetts since their arrival on the Mayflower in 1620. Drums were used by both the Native people and the English colonists of early Massachusetts as musical instruments and for calling people’s attention; they have since been carried on ships and by troops in conflicts like the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and both World Wars. In the 19th and 20th centuries, drums took on a variety of forms, styles, and uses, but remained basically the same as the earliest drums like the one made by Robert Crossman of Taunton in 1739 and preserved today in the collections of the Old Colony Historical Society. “Drumtastic!” will share the sights, sounds, and crowd-pleasing beats of the history of local drumming. We hope you can join us.