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January 20, 2020
Jenny Phillips, a longtime resident of Concord, was an award-winning filmmaker who produced several documentaries focused on prisons and criminal justice reform. This forum will include clips from Jenny’s films and a conversation with those who knew her and the genesis of her work including her husband, Frank Phillips; her filmmaking partner, Bestor Cram; Di Clymer, one of the founders of Concord Prison Outreach; and Louie Diaz, the principal subject of Jenny’s film, Beyond the Wall, which examines the post-incarceration lives of former inmates living in Lawrence and Lowell. Co-sponsored by Concord Prison Outreach. Free. Program registration full. Please join the waitlist below. Featured Image: Jenny Phillips, center, poses with Rick Smith, left, and Grady Bankhead, prison inmates at Donaldson Correction Facility and subjects in her documentary film The Dhamma Brothers.
February 6, 2020
“BOY LOST,” read the advertisement placed in a newspaper by the father of one of the five free boys kidnapped in Philadelphia in 1825. Join us for a forum about the gripping and true story about five boys who were kidnapped in the North and smuggled into slavery in the Deep South—and their daring attempt to escape and bring their captors to justice. Dr. Richard Bell is Associate Professor of History at the University of Maryland. He has won more than a dozen teaching awards, including the University System of Maryland Board of Regents Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, the highest honor for teaching faculty in the Maryland state system. He has held major research fellowships at Yale, Cambridge, and the Library of Congress and is the recipient of the National Endowment of the Humanities Public Scholar award. He serves as a Trustee of the Maryland Historical Society, as an elected member of the Massachusetts Historical Society, and as a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and their Astonishing Odyssey Home will be available for purchase and signing by the author in partnership with Concord Bookshop. $5 Member | $10 Non-Members Advanced Registration Required. Register here.
March 5, 2020
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 a country’s revolution. With Museum admission. Members visit free. Image: Bloody Massacre. Paul Revere. Engraving. 1770. Concord Museum collection.
March 12, 2020
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 well as links the evolution of woodwinds to broader currents of thought in the mid-nineteenth century. The talk will be complemented with Elder playing some of Thoreau’s favorite music on a boxwood flute almost identical to his in construction and history. privilege John Elder studied English at Pomona and Yale, and in 1973 he joined the faculty of Middlebury College, with a joint appointment in English and Environmental Studies. John’s special interests as a teacher included American nature writing, English Romanticism, Japan’s haiku tradition, Robert Frost’s poetry, and the contemporary poetry of earth. John’s most recent book is Picking Up the Flute which sets to music a former professor’s musings on retirement, marriage, literature, and the natural world. The memoir is permeated by music, interweaving his narrative of learning to play the Irish flute with stories related to his time teaching at Middlebury College and texts and memories from his past (including those related to Henry David Thoreau) whose meanings echo now with a whole new sound. $5 Member | $10 Non-Member. Register below: Image: Flute. 1828-1832. Meacham and Pond, Albany, New York. Boxwood, ivory, brass. Gift of Walton Ricketson and Anna Ricketson. Concord Museum collection.
March 25, 2020
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 of a fabled national hero who witnessed the birth of a nation. Nina Zannieri is the Executive Director of the Paul Revere Memorial Association in Boston. Robert Shimp is Research and Adult Program Director for the Paul Revere Memorial Association. $5 Member | $10 Non-Member. Register below: Image: N.C. Wyeth (1882–1945), Paul Revere, 1922. Oil on canvas. The Hill School, Pottstown, Pennsylvania; Gift of Michael F. Sweeney, 1923.
February 17, 2020
The Museum is pleased to again host Steve Wood and his amazing performance as Abraham Lincoln. Wood's first-person historical interpretation, "A Visit with Abraham Lincoln," includes stories of Lincoln's early life, campaign debates, the Civil War, and concludes with a stirring reading of the Gettysburg Address. Ticket price includes Museum admission and activities after the performance. $16 Non-Member Adult | $8 Non-Member Child $10 Member Adult | $6 Member Child Seating is limited. Please register below.
February 20, 2020
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.