Adult and Family Programs

For a full list of programs, please visit the Calendar

Upcoming Adult Programs

Members’ Summer Book Club

July 27, 2021

Read along in the Museum’s summer book club that includes both the new and noteworthy and Concord classics.  Whether you are on the beach, a mountain, or your sofa members can join us virtually for monthly reads, discussions, and themed cocktails all summer long.  Book club meetings will be held remotely over Zoom.  The Zoom link will be sent to registrants. The July book club read is James McBride's 2013 National Book Award Winner The Good Lord Bird.  A highly entertaining portrait of life on the Kansas-territory with John Brown and his army of abolitionists, Henry Shackleford, a formerly enslaved child sweeps us up in the action as he is taken under John Brown's wing - who believes Henry is a girl, his good luck charm, and nicknames Little Onion. Militant abolitionist John Brown visited Concord at the behest of the Concord Female Anti-Slavery Society in March 1857 where he dined at Mrs. Thoreau's table and discussed the "fights and escapes in Kansas" in her parlor with Henry David Thoreau.  The next evening, Brown addressed a crowd at the Concord Town Hall who was held spellbound by his accounts of Kansas (despite only contributing a trifle towards his financial goal), before a reception in Ralph Waldo Emerson's home where he was invited to spend the night.  Though only a brief visit in Concord, Brown left an impression on the leading abolitionists and Transcendentalists of the community.  His radical activism continues to resonate with us today and comes alive in James McBride's novel with a captivating mix of history and imagination. For members of the Concord Museum.  Become a member to participate!

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Decorative Arts Sampler

July 28, 2021

Join us for an introductory, five-week study of decorative arts made or used in New England from the colonial era until the early twentieth century. Designed to appeal to individuals interested in antiques, craftsmanship, and/or history, the course centers on the Concord Museum’s vast collection of decorative arts. The course includes an orientation to the Concord Museum and an introduction to the principles of connoisseurship and the handling of objects. Each session is livestreamed from the Museum’s state-of-the-art Lisa H. Foote History Learning Center. Each session includes a lecture from curator David Wood and/or curatorial associate Erica Lome. Guided “close looking” activities will include a close-up video feed detailing the featured objects being shown by the curators.  Students will closely examine objects from our Museum collection and learn to identify their material, technical, and stylistic properties. This course will introduce participants to fundamental techniques for evaluating objects, including ceramics, metalwork, furniture, textiles, and works on paper. Each category poses specific criteria in terms of manufacture, dating, regional style, and authenticity. By the end of the course, participants will gain an understanding of these fundamentals and a set of skills they can use in their daily lives.

Course Schedule

Wednesday, July 28 (2:00 - 3:00 p.m.) Ceramics Wednesday, August 4 (2:00 - 3:00 p.m.) Furniture Wednesday, August 11 (2:00 - 3:00 p.m.) Metalwork Wednesday, August 18 (2:00 - 3:00 p.m.) Textiles Wednesday, August 25 (2:00 - 3:00 p.m.) Works on Paper

Registration Information

For the summer of 2021, this course will be held virtually over Zoom.  Special cameras will be used in the Lisa H. Foote History Learning Center, so students will be able to see various angles and details of the objects being shown.  Students will also be encouraged to take self-guided field trips to the Concord Museum as well as other area institutions throughout the course. The course is limited to a small group of students.  Students will be encouraged to participate in discussions, make observations, and ask questions throughout the course. Students can register for the full five-session course or individual sessions.  The cost of the course is $65 ($50 for members, $90 for new members*).  Individual sessions cost $16 ($12 for members).  Need-based scholarships are available.  Please contact Allison Shilling ashilling@concordmuseum.org for more information. Students enrolled in the full course will receive a copy of the Concord Museum's award-winning decorative arts catalog Decorative Arts from a New England Collection. Cancellation policy: A full refund will be issued to those who cancel before 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 14, 2021.  If the course doesn't reach the minimum capacity, it will be canceled and students will be issued full refunds. *New member registration includes a discounted $40 Individual Membership ($50 value) to the Concord Museum.

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Decorative Arts Sampler

August 4, 2021

Join us for an introductory, five-week study of decorative arts made or used in New England from the colonial era until the early twentieth century. Designed to appeal to individuals interested in antiques, craftsmanship, and/or history, the course centers on the Concord Museum’s vast collection of decorative arts. The course includes an orientation to the Concord Museum and an introduction to the principles of connoisseurship and the handling of objects. Each session is livestreamed from the Museum’s state-of-the-art Lisa H. Foote History Learning Center. Each session includes a lecture from curator David Wood and/or curatorial associate Erica Lome. Guided “close looking” activities will include a close-up video feed detailing the featured objects being shown by the curators.  Students will closely examine objects from our Museum collection and learn to identify their material, technical, and stylistic properties. This course will introduce participants to fundamental techniques for evaluating objects, including ceramics, metalwork, furniture, textiles, and works on paper. Each category poses specific criteria in terms of manufacture, dating, regional style, and authenticity. By the end of the course, participants will gain an understanding of these fundamentals and a set of skills they can use in their daily lives.

Course Schedule

Wednesday, July 28 (2:00 - 3:00 p.m.) Ceramics Wednesday, August 4 (2:00 - 3:00 p.m.) Furniture Wednesday, August 11 (2:00 - 3:00 p.m.) Metalwork Wednesday, August 18 (2:00 - 3:00 p.m.) Textiles Wednesday, August 25 (2:00 - 3:00 p.m.) Works on Paper

Registration Information

For the summer of 2021, this course will be held virtually over Zoom.  Special cameras will be used in the Lisa H. Foote History Learning Center, so students will be able to see various angles and details of the objects being shown.  Students will also be encouraged to take self-guided field trips to the Concord Museum as well as other area institutions throughout the course. The course is limited to a small group of students.  Students will be encouraged to participate in discussions, make observations, and ask questions throughout the course. Students can register for the full five-session course or individual sessions.  The cost of the course is $65 ($50 for members, $90 for new members*).  Individual sessions cost $16 ($12 for members).  Need-based scholarships are available.  Please contact Allison Shilling ashilling@concordmuseum.org for more information. Students enrolled in the full course will receive a copy of the Concord Museum's award-winning decorative arts catalog Decorative Arts from a New England Collection. Cancellation policy: A full refund will be issued to those who cancel before 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 14, 2021.  If the course doesn't reach the minimum capacity, it will be canceled and students will be issued full refunds. *New member registration includes a discounted $40 Individual Membership ($50 value) to the Concord Museum.

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A Walk with Louisa and Ellen

August 7, 2021

"To spend the day at their house was a rapturous event," Ellen Emerson wrote to a friend in 1869, remembering her friends, the Alcott girls.  Join us for a walking tour highlighting the objects and homes of remarkable women of Concord, including Louisa May Alcott and her dear friend Ellen Emerson.  1-mile walk, mostly flat sidewalk or pavement, rain or shine. Meet at the Concord Museum. Advanced registration is required. Tickets include same-day admission to the Concord Museum.

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Sheltering with Thoreau: A Conversation with David Gessner

August 10, 2021

When the pandemic struck, nature writer David Gessner turned to Henry David Thoreau for lessons on how to live alone. In his new book, Savage Delight: Sheltering with Thoreau in the Age of Crisis, he explores whether those lessons – of re-wilding, loving nature, self-reliance, and civil disobedience—hold a secret that could help save us as we face the coming challenges of climate change. Please note this is a virtual forum. Donations are encouraged to support the Concord Museum’s Education initiatives. This program is supported in part by the Sally Lanagan Fund.

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Upcoming Family Programs

Outdoor Film Screening: Captain Marvel

August 19, 2021

The heroes of Concord turn super with a screening of Captain Marvel, the first female-led superhero movie to gross over $1 billion, and the first Marvel Cinematic Universe film led by a female superhero. Brie Larsen stars and Anna Boden directs with Ryan Fleck in this girl-power-packed film of intergalactic superheroism that’s a must-see on the big screen before the release of the anticipated fall sequel The Marvels. Bring your blankets, chairs, snacks, and your best superhero costume! Advanced registration required. In partnership with The Umbrella Arts Center. Supported by Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area.

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