Adult and Family Programs

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Upcoming Adult Programs

June Member Meet-Up: Historic New England's Gropius House

June 19, 2019

Join other Concord Museum Members to celebrate 100 years of the Bauhaus movement with a tour of Historic New England's Gropius House, designed and lived in by Walter Gropius, one of the most influential architects of the twentieth century.  This unique home was built in 1938 in the rural landscape of Lincoln, MA and whether you have toured it before or not, it never ceases to amaze and fascinate. This is a members-only program. If you are not yet a member, please click here to join today before registering. Members $10. Please register below.

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Reenactment of a Meeting of the Provincial Congress 1774

July 7, 2019

The Boston Tea Party and the Boston Massacre have thrown the Massachusetts Bay Colony into chaos. By 1774 all representative government has been banned and General Thomas Gage is suppressing the rights of the colonists.  A group of brave and civic-minded colonists decides to meet anyway. They gather at the Wright Tavern in Concord to debate taxes, their rights, and how to respond to the outrages of the English Parliament. Muster up your colonial spirit and join us in a reenactment of a meeting of the Provincial Congress that led up to April 19, 1775. Visitors will participate in the program, engaging the debates that animated the colonists in the months before the beginning of the Revolution. This program is in partnership with Minute Man National Historical Park and Revolution 250. Free to the public.  Due to the limited capacity in Wright Tavern, please register here to guarantee seating.

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Film Screening: Surveyor of the Soul

July 14, 2019

Thoreau wrote that he “was born in the nick of time” in Concord, Massachusetts and went on to famously write about building a cabin and living at Walden Pond.  This film tells the story of his life and his time at Walden Pond as well as the impact his writings have had on environmental issues, civil rights and individual thinking in our time.  Following the screening, filmmaker Huey will engage in a panel discussion with historian Laura Dassow Walls. This is the culminating event for the 2019 Thoreau Society Annual Gathering in Concord, Ma. Free.  Register here.

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Untold Stories: Why They Marched with Susan Ware

August 7, 2019

For far too long, the history of how American women won the right to vote has been told as the tale of a few iconic leaders, all white and native-born. Join us for a conversation with Susan Ware, as she uncovers a much broader and more diverse story of the many women who worked tirelessly in communities across the nation, out of the spotlight, protesting, petitioning, and insisting on their right to full citizenship. A pioneer in the field of women’s history and a leading feminist biographer, Susan Ware is the author and editor of numerous books on twentieth-century U.S. history. Educated at Wellesley College and Harvard University, she has taught at New York University and Harvard, where she served as editor of the biographical dictionary Notable American Women: Completing the Twentieth Century (2004). Since 2012, she has served as the general editor of the American National Biography, published by Oxford University Press under the auspices of the American Council of Learned Societies. Ware has long been associated with the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study where she serves as the Honorary Women’s Suffrage Centennial Historian. The Library of America published Ware's latest anthology on women's suffrage in May 2019. $5 Member | $10 Non-Member. This program is supported in part by the Sally Lanagan Fund and grants from the Concord Cultural Council, the Lexington Council for the Arts, and the Lincoln Cultural Council –  local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Books available for purchase and signing in partnership with the Concord Bookshop.  Register here.

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Black Devil and Gentle Cloud: Ruskin and Emerson at Odds

August 15, 2019

John Ruskin and Ralph Waldo Emerson are among the 'representative men' of the Victorian period and have by now assumed a place alongside the sort of Great Men whom they esteemed. Our current debates about education, nature, and labor echo with Ruskinian and Emersonian notions, from self-culture and self-reliance to mutuality and the value of work. We continue to face many of the problems with which they wrestled and to seek answers to the questions they asked. Explore the ways in which Ruskin's and Emerson's vision of the world and of human nature, diverged, leaving each man convinced that the other's understanding was misguided and incomplete. Speaker Sara Atwood’s work has appeared in The Ruskin Review and Bulletin, Nineteenth-Century Prose, The Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies, and Carlyle Studies Annual. Her book, Ruskin’s Educational Ideals, was published by Ashgate in 2011. She is a contributor to the Yale University Press edition of Carlyle’s On Heroes, Hero Worship, and the Heroic in History (2013), Teaching Victorian Literature in the Twenty-First Century (Palgrave 2017), John Ruskin and Nineteenth-Century Education (Anthem Press 2018), William Morris and John Ruskin: A New Road on Which the World Should Travel (University of Exeter Press 2019) and Victorian Environmental Nightmares (Palgrave 2019). She has lectured widely on Ruskin, both in the US and abroad, focusing particularly on education, the environment, and language. Dr. Atwood lives in Oregon, where she is an adjunct lecturer in English literature and writing at Portland State University and Portland Community College. $5 Member | $10 Non-Member. This program is supported in part by the Sally Lanagan Fund and grants from the Concord Cultural Council, the Lexington Council for the Arts, and the Lincoln Cultural Council –  local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Register here.

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Upcoming Family Programs

Your Everyday Companion: Journal-Making for Families

July 6, 2019

Bring your family to learn about the man who inspired the diligent documentation of the greater Walden Woods ecosystem.  Create your own hand-made journal, just as Henry David Thoreau made journals to document his observations.  Equip yourselves with the tools and skills you need to venture out on an observant and fruitful walk in nature. Appropriate for all ages! Free with Museum admission. Members visit free.

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Emerson's Circle Walking Tour

July 27, 2019

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 $5 Member | $10 Non-Member. Meet outside Wright Tavern (2 Lexington Road, Concord, MA 01742) by 10:45 a.m.  Register here.

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Free Fun Friday

August 2, 2019

Thanks to the generosity of the Highland Street Foundation, the Concord Museum is open FREE all day from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Experience Concord's history through object-based and hands-on activities.  All activities are on a first come, first-served basis and will run rain or shine.

Inside the Anna and Neil Rasmussen Education Center

Concord’s Colonial and Revolutionary Past

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Community Window Mural

Toy Maker's Apprentice

Home Cooking

Weaving the Rainbow

Red Coat and Minute Man at Odds

Museum Membership and Respite

Be Thoreau! An Amble for Citizen Scientists

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Musical Performances

10:00 AM • 12:00 PM • 2:00 PM

Dwelling in Description • Close – Looking Activity


Outside in the Anna and Neil Rasmussen Education Center Courtyard

The Authors of Concord and their Nature

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Sun Printing

Nature Journals

Cluck and Baa Farm

Staining Paper with Natural Dyes

Henry Bear Reading Corner

Hydration Station

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Chillwagon Ice Cream Available for Purchase

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Art and Action for Suffrage: Women’s Suffrage Turns 100 Family Program

August 10, 2019

Explore the activism and debate around women’s suffrage in Concord.  Using primary materials from the Concord Museum Collection, participants will examine the variety of printed materials from both sides of the debate.  Through close-looking and thinking routines, participants will determine what makes effective and convincing propaganda. 100 years after women gained the right to vote, what are we still fighting for? Design your own political button with a pithy slogan and striking graphics. Free with Museum admission.  Members visit free. Appropriate for all ages.

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