Adult and Family Programs

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Upcoming Adult Programs

These Truths: A conversation with Jill Lepore

September 20, 2021

In her ambitious one-volume historical survey, These Truths: A History of the United States, award-winning historian and New Yorker writer, Jill Lepore offers a magisterial account of the origins and rise of a divided nation, an urgently needed reckoning with the beauty and tragedy of American history.  In this wide-ranging conversation, she will discuss the nuanced issues related to questions of conquest and slavery in our nation’s founding as well as the lessons she has gleaned in researching her newest book, If Then: How the Simulmatics Corporation Invented the Future concerning the origins of predictive analytics and behavioral data science in the Cold War era. Advanced registration required.  Churchill and Janet Franklin Lyceum and Livestreamed This program is supported in part by the Sally Lanagan Fund. This program is Sponsored by Mass Humanities and the Bridge Street Fund.  

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Conversation with Annette Gordon-Reed

September 30, 2021

Annette Gordon-Reed, Harvard Law School Professor and Pulitzer-Prize winner for The Hemingses of Monticello, will discuss her newest book, On Juneteenth which provides a historian’s view of the country’s long road to Juneteenth, recounting both its origins in Texas and the enormous hardships that African Americans have endured in the century since, from Reconstruction through Jim Crow and beyond. Weaving together American history, dramatic family chronicles, and searing episodes of memoir, Gordon-Reed—herself a Texas native and the descendant of enslaved people brought to Texas as early as the 1820s—forges a new and profoundly truthful narrative of her home state, with implications for us all. This event is live-streamed on the Concord Museum's website and YouTube channel. This program is part of Celebrate Concord Week and is sponsored by Mass Humanities and the Bridge Street Fund.  

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Now Comes Good Sailing Part 1

October 12, 2021

In Now Comes Good Sailing, a number of today’s leading writers offer wide-ranging original pieces exploring how Thoreau has influenced and inspired them—and why he matters more than ever in an age of climate, racial, and technological reckoning.  This virtual event, co-sponsored by the Concord Museum and the Thoreau Society, will feature the following writers: Jennifer Finney Boylan, Gerald Early, and Jordan Salama. This event is live-streamed on the Concord Museum's website and YouTube channel. This program is supported in part by the Sally Lanagan Fund.

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Sue Miller and Doug Bauer on Memoir and Memoir Writing

October 19, 2021

Novelists Sue Miller and Doug Bauer will read from and discuss their respective family memoirs, The Story of My Father and What Happens Next? Matters of Life and Death.  The author of ten best-selling novels, Sue Miller’s The Story of My Father, was heralded as a “beautiful, spare memoir about her relationship with her father during his illness and death from Alzheimer’s disease.”   Douglas Bauer is the author of three novels and numerous non-fiction essays and reviews.  In What Happens Next? he weaves together the stories of his own and his parents’ lives and the work, rewards, and regrets that defined them in what one reviewer described as “a literate, thoughtful memoir from the heartland.” Advanced registration required.  This program will be held at the Churchill and Janet Franklin Lyceum and Livestreamed. This program is part of the Concord Festival of Authors.  

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Emerson’s Circle Walking Tour

October 23, 2021

In the 1800s, Concord was the center for American authors and thinkers, including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Louisa May Alcott. They gathered together with other Concordians to discuss issues of the day such as slavery, war, the natural world, and many other topics. Led by a Museum educator, explore 1800s Concord and discover the impact of the anti-slavery movement and the Civil War, the lives and homes of the famous authors who lived here. 1 mile walk, mostly flat sidewalk or pavement, rain or shine. Advanced registration required. This program is part of the Concord Festival of Authors.  

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Upcoming Family Programs

Indigenous Peoples’ Day Family Program with the Wampanoag Nation Singers and Dancers

October 11, 2021

Join us for a performance with the Wampanoag Nation Singers and Dancers, a group of musicians and artisans from the tribal communities of Mashpee on Cape Cod and Aquinnah on Martha’s Vineyard on Indigenous Peoples’ Day.  Participate in the performance of eastern social songs and dances accompanied by a water drum and handcrafted rattles. This event is free and held at the Churchill and Janet Franklin Lyceum. Advanced registration required.

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