Annual Events

Summary of Annual Events

Patriots’ Day

Make the Concord Museum part of your Patriots’ Day tradition! Each April, Concord is the focal point for visitors from near and far as area minutemen reenact the fateful events of April 19, 1775 and fife and drum corps from all over the nation march down Main Street. After the Patriots’ Day parade, or anytime throughout the Patriots’ Day weekend, visit the Concord Museum’s six history galleries and experience a hands-on orientation to Concord’s remarkable past.

Garden Tour

Join us for the 31st Annual Garden Tour, a benefit organized by the Concord Museum Guild of Volunteers featuring outstanding private gardens in the Concord area. The 2020 Garden Tour will be held on Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6, 2020.

 

 

Golf Course

Golf Tournament

This annual, premier golf tournament supports the Museum’s educational initiatives. The 25th Annual Tournament, organized by the Concord Museum Guild of Volunteers, will be held on Monday, June 15, 2020 at the Concord Country Club. This event is chaired by Lisa McAfee.

 

Sally Lanagan Lecture

The Lanagan Lecture is a major annual lecture named for Sally Lanagan, a beloved volunteer who was deeply involved with the Museum and had a passion for American art, the decorative arts, and historic preservation. To honor Sally and her memory each year, The Sally Lanagan Fund was established in 2012 by her family, as a tribute to Sally’s years of dedicated service to the Concord Museum. Through this endowed lectureship, the Museum offers each year a presentation by a prominent scholar on a topic that is aligned with her interests. The 7th Annual Lanagan Lecture will be held on Wednesday, October 30, 2019. Prize winning author and historian T.H. Breen will be speaking about The Will of the People: The Revolutionary Birth of America.

Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature

Concord’s renowned literary tradition takes a creative twist during the holiday season when the Concord Museum opens the annual Family Trees: A Celebration of Childrens Literature. A benefit exhibition with related programs, Family Trees fills the Museum with trees and wreaths of all shapes and sizes fancifully dressed for the occasion with charming original ornaments inspired by a dazzling selection of children’s picture books. Family Trees is organized by the Concord Museum Guild of Volunteers and this year will be held from November 27, 2019 through January 5, 2020. Pam Nelson and Lyn Carroll are this years co-chairs!

The Fête

Join friends of the Museum for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at our annual event celebrating the opening of Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature. Each year the Concord Museum Guild of Volunteers host a beautiful night of holiday cheer! The 2019 Fête will be held on Friday, December 6th in the Museum’s Brooke Hall and is co-chaired by Michelle McArdle and Gail Hire.

Holiday House Tour

Guests are welcomed inside the front doors of gracious private Concord residences to visit the charming ground floor rooms. From Colonial to Victorian to Shingle Style and more, each house will be decorated in a different holiday theme. The Concord Museum welcomes you to spend the day in Concord, a small town with a big history, and enjoy the elegant streets, charming cafés and shops, as well as the many historic homes. Organized by the Concord Museum Guild of Volunteers, the 2019 Holiday House Tour will be held on Saturday, December 7th and is co-chaired by Patty Flint and Joanne Roser.

Upcoming Events

Sweet History: Colonial Chocolate

February 20

Grind cocoa beans, add spices and concoct delicious treats by the roaring winter hearth.  Read a colonial recipe or “receipt” and decipher the steps to cooking rare delicacies in colonial Concord.   With Museum admission. Members visit free.

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Curator Talk: 250th Anniversary of the Boston Massacre

March 05

Concord Museum Curator, David Wood, discusses the Boston Massacre and its legacy in this special gallery talk in Beyond Midnight: Paul Revere and His Ride.  Using multiple editions and interpretations of Paul Revere’s print of the events on the Boston Common, Wood unveils how a skirmish between neighbors sparked a city’s unrest that led to...

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Listening for Thoreau's Flute

March 12

Join us for a conversation with Middlebury College professor emeritus John Elder as he investigates the history and form of Thoreau’s box flute, which now resides in the Concord Museum’s collection.  Thoreau inherited the flute upon the death of his beloved brother, John.  The instrument reveals the role of music in the Thoreau family as...

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Paul Revere: Man and Myth

March 25

Paul Revere and his midnight ride—immortalized as the harbinger of the dramatic escalation of the American colonial rebellion against the British Empire—has been celebrated in tales and songs throughout the centuries. But what really happened on April 18, 1775? Experts shed light on the legendary ride and the man behind it, revealing the fascinating life...

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Cummings Davis Society Event: Muskets of the American Revolution

April 01

Learn the ins and outs of the muskets of the Concord Museum’s collection that were fired on the Old North Bridge on April 19, 1775, in the up-close educational setting of the Lisa H. Foote History Learning Center.  Experts Joel Boey, of Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisals, and the Concord Museum’s Curator, David Wood, explore the...

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Black Radical: The Life and Times of William Monroe Trotter

April 08

Dr. Kerri Greenidge, Director of American Studies at Tufts University, reestablishes William Monroe Trotter’s essential place in the pantheon of American civil rights heroes.  For more than thirty years, the Harvard-educated Trotter edited and published the Guardian, a weekly Boston newspaper that was read across the nation. Trotter advocated for a radical vision of black...

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Minute Men Encampment and Patriots' Day Weekend Activities

April 18

Make the Concord Museum part of your Patriots’ Day tradition! Join us for activities, art-making, Longfellow-inspired poetry writing, and living history demonstrations from Colonial Minute Men. Special activities ongoing in conjunction with the special exhibition Beyond Midnight: Paul Revere and His Ride. The Colonial Minute Men encampment is free and open to the public.  All...

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Patriots’ Day at the Concord Museum

April 20

After the Patriots’ Day parade, stop by the Museum to enjoy patriotic activities for families, art-making, Longfellow-inspired poetry writing, and explore the Museum’s outstanding collection of objects that were witness to the events of April 1775, including the famous “one, if by land, two, if by sea” lantern. Meet a silversmith and hammer your own...

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School Vacation Week: Beyond Midnight

April 21 - 24

The Regulars are coming! Get creative during vacation week with Revolutionary activities inspired by the Concord Museum’s special exhibit Beyond Midnight: Paul Revere available daily in the Concord Museum galleries. Included with Museum admission. Members visit free.

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Mary Lesneski Memorial Lecture and Reception

April 23

Art and Reform: The Saturday Evening Girls The Saturday Evening Girls take center stage at this year’s annual Mary Lesneski Memorial Lecture and Reception.  Young immigrant women, living in the tenements of the North End in early 20th century Boston, gathered weekly to create colorful and often lyrical ceramics under the enterprise Paul Revere Pottery. ...

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Confronting Contested Histories

April 27

Join Liz Cohen as she engages in a conversation with Concord Museum Director, Tom Putnam, on the role of history in American life.  Historical interpretations often reflect concerns of the present moment, held by people with varying social and political orientations, as much as understandings of the past.  These interpretations are often conveyed outside of...

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31st Annual Garden Tour

June 05

Join us for the 31st Annual Garden Tour, a benefit organized by the Concord Museum Guild of Volunteers featuring outstanding private gardens in the Concord area on Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6, 2020

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31st Annual Garden Tour

June 06

Join us for the 31st Annual Garden Tour, a benefit organized by the Concord Museum Guild of Volunteer featuring outstanding private gardens in the Concord area on Saturday, June 5 and Sunday, June 6, 2020.

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