Annual Events

Stay tuned for our calendar of Fall and Winter events, coming soon!

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

Concord Museum’s Annual Garden Tour is a benefit organized by the Concord Museum Guild of Volunteers and features outstanding private gardens in the Concord area.


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 August 10, 2020 at the Concord Country Club.


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.

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 25, 2020 through January 3, 2021.

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!

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.

Upcoming Events

Conversation with Congressman Ro Khanna

January 18

To mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Concord Museum Forums presents a conversation with Congressman Ro Khanna.  His grandfather, Amarnath Vidyalankar, was inspired by Henry David Thoreau's act of civil disobedience and was jailed as part of Gandhi's independence movement. Congressman Khanna and Museum Director Tom Putnam will have a wide-ranging conversation on Mahatma Gandhi,...

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Film Screening of JFK: The Last Speech

January 19

On the eve of the 2021 presidential inaugural, the Museum is partnering with Mass Humanities on a virtual screening of a new film JFK: The Last Speech, which explores the dramatic relationship between two American icons—John F. Kennedy and Robert Frost.  The documentary chronicles how JFK’s last speech in his home state of Massachusetts at the dedication of the Robert Frost...

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Emerson Family Barn Virtual Tour

January 27

Welcome to the Emerson family barn! Take a virtual tour of the barn behind the Emerson’s Concord home with architectural historian, Anne Forbes; Concord Museum Curator, David Wood; and Bay Emerson Bancroft of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Memorial Association. See the hidden details of the historic barn, built in 1828 and newly re-opened after a...

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8th Annual Sally Lanagan Lecture

February 10

Our 8th annual Sally Lanagan Lecture will feature gifted storyteller and bestselling historian H. W. Brands speaking on his new book, The Zealot and the Emancipator, recounting the epic struggle over slavery as embodied by John Brown and Abraham Lincoln—two men moved to radically different acts to confront our nation’s gravest sin. Please note that this forum...

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Virtual Visit with President Lincoln

February 15

President Lincoln is beaming in to answer your questions! The Museum is pleased to bring its popular Presidents’ Day program A Visit with President Lincoln to the virtual stage.  Kids from across Massachusetts can send in their questions to President Lincoln to learn about his life, presidency, and legacy. Record a video of your question...

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Mount Vernon’s African American Community in Slavery and Freedom

February 15

Few national landmarks are better known than George Washington's Mount Vernon.  Join us for a special Presidents' Day forum featuring Scott Casper discussing his book Sarah Johnson's Mount Vernon which brilliantly recovers the life of Sarah Johnson, who spent more than fifty years at Mount Vernon, in slavery and after emancipation. Through her life and those of her family and...

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Recounting Slavery in Historic Houses and Museums

February 24

As the Concord Museum embarks on an effort to develop a new permanent gallery to chronicle the history of slavery in our town and the efforts to abolish it, please join us for a conversation with Kyera Singleton and Niya Bates as they discuss the challenges museums and historic houses face in order to, in...

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