Adult and Family Programs

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Upcoming Adult Programs

American Inheritance: A Conversation with Edward Larson

June 1, 2023

Pulitzer Prize winning author Edward Larson joins us for a conversation on his new book American Inheritance: Liberty and Slavery in the Birth of a Nation, 1765-1795, in which he discusses how liberty and slavery were intertwined during the nation’s founding. Professor Larson examines the role of Black Americans during the Revolutionary War and in the many debates over slavery and freedom, highlighting the voices of Black Americans as the most persuasive in the urgency of liberty. He explores the fateful compromises over slavery that took place during the Constitutional Convention and their disastrous effects in the coming decades. “An authoritative contribution to the dismal history of race in America. … Larson, author of Franklin & Washington, A Magnificent Catastrophe and other acclaimed books of American history, recasts the narrative of the nation’s founding by focusing on vociferous debates about liberty that erupted during three crucial decades of revolutionary fervor. … At a time when rebellious colonists proclaimed their refusal to be enslaved by the British, most saw no contradiction in buying and selling men, women, and children. … Larson’s stirring narrative includes the perspectives of free and escaped slaves, such as James Somerset, who was brought to England by his owner, where he successfully sued for his freedom; poet Phillis Wheatley; and Ona Judge, dower property of Martha Washington, whose escape incited George Washington’s desperate, enraged search for her return.” Kirkus Reviews, October 20, 2022 This forum is supported in part by the Sally Lanagan Fund and the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati. Please register using the form below.

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34th Annual Garden Tour

June 2, 2023

The Concord Museum Guild of Volunteers is thrilled to present the 34th Annual Garden Tour on June 2 and 3, 2023! This event features carefully selected private gardens throughout Concord.  Funds raised provide critical support to the Museum’s education initiatives. This year there are six unique gardens that reflect the individual interests and passions of the owners and will delight amateur landscapers and experienced horticulturists alike. The Garden Tour will take place on two days, Friday and Saturday, June 2 and June 3. The tour is self-guided and self-paced, beginning each day at 9:00 a.m. and continuing until 4:00 p.m. Tickets are good for either or both days, but each garden may only be visited once. The Garden Tour is a rain or shine event. Please note we are unable to refund tickets once they are purchased.  No photography is permitted at the gardens. Ticket Prices: Member $35  Non-Member $45

We are looking for a few more volunteers on Friday and Saturday afternoon to monitor the gardens.  You do not need any gardening knowledge.  Volunteers will earn a free tour ticket!  Learn more and sign up. Please check your confirmation email for details on picking up your ticket booklet at the Museum on June 2nd and June 3rd.  The booklet contains a map, the garden addresses, parking details for each garden location, and detailed information about the plantings in each garden as well as a free admission ticket to the Museum.  In addition, the email includes information about our pop-up shops, restrooms, and more. Please note that the ticket booklet cannot be picked up prior to June 2nd. Will you be touring the gardens with a group?  Consider arranging group transportation with a van or limo -- see the confirmation email for a list of local transportation companies.  

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Alden Landscape Design Laurel Gardens Jane Rupley Landscape Design Russells Garden Center Lazaro Paving Comina Home CLAY art+concept Senkler, Pasley & Dowcett, Coldwell Banker Realty Pumpkin Brook Organic Gardening Oak Hill Mulch Alphagraphics Long College Admissions Advising Concord Printing Cambridge Savings Bank

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Grave Detectives Walking Tour

June 10, 2023

Tour the first burial ground in Concord dating to c. 1636 learning about past Concordians with a Museum educator.  Explore the classic iconography of New England headstones that feature winged skulls or “death’s head,” urns, willows, and others. About 1 1/2 miles on paved terrain. Rain or shine. Includes same-day admission to the Concord Museum.

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Disunion Among Ourselves: The Perilous Politics of the American Revolution

June 10, 2023

Vanderbilt political historian and best-selling author Eli Merritt reveals the deep political divisions that almost tore the Union apart during the American Revolution. Despite their differences, the nation’s founders united for the sake of liberty and self-preservation, forging grueling compromises to hold the nation together. Merritt’s book serves as a reminder that commitment to ethical constitutional democracy and compromise helped the founders overcome far tougher times than our own, and it resonates with our present era of political hyperpolarization and serves as a touchstone for contemporary politics. "Eli Merritt deftly explores a revolutionary America rife with divisions and driven by a fear of civil wars on multiple fronts. Deeply researched, wide-ranging, and insightful, Disunion Among Ourselves persuades that our national Union began from, and still depends on, fending off the many demons of disunion."—Alan Taylor, author of American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804 This forum is supported in part by the Sally Lanagan Fund and the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati. Please register using the form below.

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Concord Birds, Then and Now

June 15, 2023

The detailed records of bird sightings and phenological observations around Concord from the last 170 years—from Thoreau’s notes to today’s studies by scientists at Boston University—provide a key to studying how climate change is affecting bird migration. Boston University professor Richard Primack and Colby College visiting assistant professor Amanda Gallinat present their recent research and unexpected new findings from eBird data collected in Concord. Following their presentation, Professors Primack and Gallinat will be joined in conversation by a panel of ornithologists. Tickets are free for Concord Museum and Mass Audubon members. This event is co-sponsored by Mass. Audubon.  Please register using the form below.

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Upcoming Family Programs

Juneteenth Family Program

June 19, 2023

Join us for a celebratory Juneteenth performance with Illstyle & Peace Productions.  The group creates work rooted in West African Dance, contemporary and old school hip hop blended with an eclectic mix of dance and performance disciplines including tap, ballet, DJing, and beatboxing. Illstyle & Peace Productions is dedicated to delivering a positive message that showcases the many creative ways that hip hop can be explored, deconstructed, and built back up again. This program is free and open to the public. We kindly request that you register in advance with the form below, as participation is limited. Co-sponsored by The Robbins House.

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