Adult and Family Programs

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Upcoming Adult Programs

Antislavery Agents of Change: Concord Bike Fest Guided Tour

May 18, 2019

Experience the history of Concord while you cruise your way through town on a guided tour of Concord’s African American and Antislavery history.  Meet the free and enslaved people who called Concord their home.  Traverse spots along the Underground Railroad, and learn about flashpoints in Concord’s history that played a crucial role in the abolitionist movement in the years leading up to the Civil War. The free guided tour is in partnership with Concord Bike Fest – a day-long celebration of bicycling for the town of Concord.

Meet at Hunt Recreation Center at 11 a.m. (90 Stow Street, Concord, MA) following the Bicycle Parade.

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Book Discussion on Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

May 22, 2019

Hosted by the Concord Free Public Library as part of the 2019 Concord Community Conversation. Join Special Collections Curator Leslie Wilson and Head of Reference Barbara Gugluizza of the Concord Free Public Library for a discussion on Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. This 1845 memoir and treatise on abolition was written by famous orator and former slave Frederick Douglass during his time in Lynn, Massachusetts. Leslie Wilson will also share historical documents related to Frederick Douglass’s associations with Concord. Free. Register here. Splash Image: Engraved portrait of Frederick Douglass. From Howard Carroll's Twelve Americans (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1883). Concord Free Public Library Basement Collection.

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May Member Meet-Up: Trustees' Long Hill

May 24, 2019

Gear up for the Concord Museum's 30th Annual Garden Tour by joining other Members for a tour of the historic gardens at The Trustees' Long Hill in Beverly, MA.  Led by Trustees Horticulturist Dan Bouchard, we will tour through the beautiful and distinct gardens that surround the Federal-style house that once belonged to the Sedgwick family. This is a members-only program. If you are not yet a member, please click here to join today before registering. Members $5. Please register below.

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Emerson-Thoreau Amble Walking Tour

May 25, 2019

Happy 216th Birthday, Emerson! Celebrate Emerson’s birthday and follow the footsteps of writers Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau! Join a guided walk from Emerson's house to Fairyland Pond in the Walden Woods. Enjoy the spring weather and learn about the friendship of two notable observers of nature from Concord Museum interpreter, Barbara Forman. Meet at the Concord Museum by 10:45 a.m. Members $5, Nonmembers $10. Register here. The walking tour ticket also grants access to the Highlights of the Concord Museum on view in the Rasmussen Education Center on Saturday, May 25, 2019 and the Collection Spotlight: Emerson in his Study with Concord Museum curator David Wood on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.

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Collection Spotlight: Emerson in His Study

May 25, 2019

Join the Concord Museum Curator, David Wood, for a spotlight on the inner sanctum of Ralph Waldo Emerson.  After recently cataloging all of the objects in Emerson’s study, David will share highlights, surprises, and insights into the remarkable man and his many visitors who shaped the course of history. Included with Museum admission; Members free.

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Upcoming Family Programs

Antislavery Agents of Change: Concord Bike Fest Guided Tour

May 18, 2019

Experience the history of Concord while you cruise your way through town on a guided tour of Concord’s African American and Antislavery history.  Meet the free and enslaved people who called Concord their home.  Traverse spots along the Underground Railroad, and learn about flashpoints in Concord’s history that played a crucial role in the abolitionist movement in the years leading up to the Civil War. The free guided tour is in partnership with Concord Bike Fest – a day-long celebration of bicycling for the town of Concord.

Meet at Hunt Recreation Center at 11 a.m. (90 Stow Street, Concord, MA) following the Bicycle Parade.

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An Old Fashioned Breakfast with Laura Ziman

June 9, 2019

Wake up in 18th century Concord and immerse yourselves in the daily lives of children and families.  Discover the many similarities and differences between the daily lives and routines of children today and children three hundred years ago.  Participants will prepare, cook, and eat an authentic colonial breakfast.  Knead dough and shape rolls.  Turn fresh berries into jam to enjoy year-round.  Churn butter from farm-fresh milk.  Work together to prepare breakfast for the family.  Come away with a sense of lives lived long ago, how children’s lives have changed through time, and what may still be the same. Laura Ziman has her undergraduate degree from SUNY Purchase in art history; attended LaVarenne, a cooking school in Paris; and acquired her M.Ed. from Lesley University. She has taught at the MFA for seven years and currently teaches education and art history classes at Cambridge College and culinary history at Mass Bay Community College. She exhibited oversized paper mache sculptures of food at the Portland, ME, Museum of Art. Members $10/$6 child; Non-members $16/$8 child. Recommended for all ages. Register here.

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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.

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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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