Annual Events

Summary of Annual Events

Mary M. Lesneski Memorial Lecture

Every spring this lecture focuses on a topic relevant to those interested in decorative arts, collecting antiques, gardening, and the home and brings to the Museum an expert in their field. Past topics included decorating with blue, antique jewelry, the gardens of Winterthur, and Chinese export porcelain. The 2019 Lesneski Memorial Lecture will be held on March 28, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the Franklin Lyceum of the Rasmussen Education Center with Catherine Allgor, President of the Massachusetts Historical Society, on “‘The Great Centre of Attraction’: Dolley Madison Creates the White House”. A reception organized by the Guild of Volunteers will follow the lecture. Register here.

Patriots’ Ball

Save the date for the 2019 Patriots’ Ball: April 13, 2019!  Join us for an evening of music, raffles, cocktails, Americana style food, and patriotic activities – including a late night march through town to see Samuel Prescott ride in on horseback to warn us that the “Regulars are coming out!”  The Patriots’ Ball is organized by the Concord Museum Guild of Volunteers to support the Concord Museum’s education programs.

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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 30th Annual Garden Tour, a benefit organized by the Concord Museum Guild of Volunteers featuring outstanding private gardens in the Concord area. The 2019 Garden Tour will be held on May 31, 2019 & June 1, 2019.

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Golf Course

Golf Tournament

This annual, premier golf tournament supports the Museum’s educational initiatives. The 24th Annual Tournament, organized by the Concord Museum Guild of Volunteers, will be held on Monday, June 10, 2019 at the Concord Country Club.

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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, chaired in 2018 by Patty Flint and Pam Nelson.

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 Fête co-chairs host a beautiful night of holiday cheer! The 2018 Fête was held on November 30, 2018 in the Anna and Neil Rasmussen Education Center.

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 2018 Holiday House Tour was chaired by Leah Butler and Lisanne Wheeler, and was held on Saturday, December 1st, 2018.

Upcoming Events

Monument Maker

September 05

Know what you love. Make what you love.  Join author Linda Sweeney and illustrator Shawn Fields in a program about the life and artwork of Concord-sculptor Daniel Chester French.  In their new award-winning book, Monument Maker, a young Daniel Chester French finds a passion and talent for making sculptures.  This love only grows over the years...

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Celebrate the Apple: Family Open House

September 07

Apples have been the center of the New England harvest since the British first brought seeds and cuttings across the Atlantic in the 17th century.  Now, New England’s apple orchards grow some 40 varieties of apples, providing fruit to snack on as well as for juices, ciders, pies, and desserts.  Participate in hands-on programming pressing...

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The Scrapbooks of Helen Thoreau

September 12

Middlebury College professor William Nash will discuss what can be learned about Helen Thoreau and Concord through the scrapbooks she kept chronicling events of the 1840's - two of which are part of the Middlebury Library's Special Collections. A witty and engaging speaker, Will Nash is Professor of American Studies and English and American Literatures...

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The Cabinetmaker's Account

September 19

Jay Robert Stiefel, historian of Colonial Philadelphia society and its material culture, will introduce the life and work of English emigrant joiner John Head (1688-1754). Head’s Philadelphia account book is the earliest and most complete to have survived from any cabinetmaker working in either Great Britain or British North America.   The culmination of nearly...

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Along Battle Road Walking Tour

September 21

Visitors will follow in Paul Revere’s footsteps as we retrace the journey he took on horseback the night of April 18, 1775 to warn colonists about the approach of the British regulars. First-person interpreters playing Concord residents who were eyewitnesses to the events of that fateful night and day will add a deeper level of...

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Film Screening of Nature: A Walking Play

September 25

The Concord Museum and The Old Manse welcome you a screening of Nature: A Walking Play (TigerLion Arts), which tells the story of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau’s friendship. The film documents the unique outdoor play which captures the complex relationship between these two characters and nature itself.  Following the screening, the audience...

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"Our Paradise in Concord": How Hawthorne Found Happiness

October 03

Nathaniel Hawthorne cherished his years at the Old Manse, where he and his wife Sophia lived from 1842 to 1845. How did the moody Salemite find happiness in Concord? Surveying his private life and published fiction, historian John Frederick Bell will explain how Hawthorne’s adopted home shaped his worldview. John Frederick Bell is an interdisciplinary historian...

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GRAND OPENING: A New Concord Museum Experience!

October 11

Opening Weekend: Friday October 11 to 14, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Come see the newly renovated first phase of the Concord Museum! Visit the new Gateway to Concord, including the new Museum Shop! Explore the introductory gallery Concord: At the Center of Revolution; encounter the People of Musketaquid, and in the Concord Collects exhibition...

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The New Museum Experience

October 11

Join us to see the first phase of the New Concord Museum Experience, a once-in-a-generation opportunity to re-envision the Museum's galleries to reveal how the ideas and actions of the people in Concord shaped America, influenced the world, and continue to affect and inspire us today. Visit the Gateway to Concord, including a vibrant media presentation...

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GRAND OPENING: A New Concord Museum Experience!

October 14

Opening Weekend: Friday October 11 to 14, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Come see the newly renovated first phase of the Concord Museum! Visit the new Gateway to Concord, including the new Museum Shop! Explore the introductory gallery Concord: At the Center of Revolution; encounter the People of Musketaquid, and in the Concord Collects exhibition...

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Jenna Blum in conversation with Louisa May Alcott

October 15

        Kick-off the 27th Annual Concord Festival of Authors with New York Times bestselling novelist Jenna Blum in conversation with one of America’s most prolific writers, Louisa May Alcott.  The fiercely independent author of Little Women is portrayed by Director of Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House Jan Turnquist. Reception to follow. Jenna...

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Canton in Concord: Early American Engagement in China

October 23

Curator Karina H. Corrigan will speak about the thriving and cosmopolitan Chinese port city of Guangzhou. Known to foreign merchants as Canton, Guangzhou was the only port in China open to foreign trade for over 100 years. Imported luxury goods such as tea, silk, porcelain and lacquer from Guangzhou had a profound impact on people's...

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Sleepy Hollow-een Tour

October 27

Join us for this special Halloween event! Take a tour through historic Sleepy Hollow Cemetery with a Concord Museum guide. Learn about the lives and deaths of past Concordians through stories passed down through the generations. $5 Member | $10 Non-Member.  Ticket includes same day admission to the Concord Museum. Advanced Registration Required. Register here:

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Untold Stories: Why They Marched with Susan Ware

November 07

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...

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Of Arms and Artists: The American Revolution through Painters’ Eyes

November 21

Boston was the artistic capital of eighteen-century America.  Join Dr. Paul Staiti, Mount Holyoke College Alumni Foundation Professor, for a forum that sets the city’s key artists against the backdrop of revolutionary events.  In particular, look at the achievements of John Singleton Copley, known as the colonies’ supreme artist. Dr. Paul Staiti is the Alumnae...

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Concord Museum’s Annual Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature

November 27

Wednesday, November 27 through Sunday, January 5, 2020 (closed Thanksgiving, November 28 and Christmas Day, December 25) A beloved Boston area tradition and now in its 24th year, come admire over 36 fancifully decorated Holiday Trees and Wreaths throughout the Concord Museum. Each tree is individually decorated and inspired by the story line and characters...

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The Fete

December 06

Enjoy an evening at the newly renovated Concord Museum with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres to celebrate the 24th annual display of Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature. This event is organized by the Concord Museum’s Guild of Volunteers and helps support the Museum’s educational initiatives. Pre-Registration required. More information and registration coming soon.

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Holiday House Tour

December 07

On the 8th Annual Holiday House Tour, enjoy touring several of Concord's most beautiful private homes, professionally decorated in the holiday spirit by local and well-known interior designers.

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Voices from Around the World: A Conversation with Bindy Fleischman and Nancy Traversy

December 14

Join us as Bindy Fleischman and Nancy Traversy discuss books that open children’s hearts, minds, and provide authentic perspectives and voices from around the world. Included with Museum admission. Members visit free Bindy Fleischman has been an active member of the U.S. Board on Books for Young People since 2002, serving on multiple committees now...

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Authors and Illustrators Day

December 15

Meet some of the accomplished authors and illustrators whose books are featured in Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature. Explore the decorated forest of trees throughout the Museum Education Center, and visit with authors and illustrators as they sign your books. Free with Family Trees admission; Members free. Included with Museum Admission.

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