Adult and Family Programs

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Upcoming Adult Programs

Laura Walls on the Women of the Thoreau Family

August 20, 2020

As we mark the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment, historian Laura Dassow Walls will discuss Henry David Thoreau’s mother, sisters, and aunts based on her book, Thoreau: A Life which the late Robert Richardson described as “the best all-around biography of Thoreau ever written.” Laura Dassow Walls is a Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame and author of Henry David Thoreau: A Life (Chicago University Press, 2017).  This book, the first full-length, comprehensive biography of Thoreau in a generation, draws on extensive new research and the full range of Thoreau’s published and unpublished writings to present Thoreau as vigorously alive in all his quirks and contradictions—fully embedded in his place and time, yet speaking powerfully to the problems and perils of today. Walls' biography Henry David Thoreau: A Life is available for in-store and curbside pickup as well as shipping via Media Mail thanks to our partners at the Concord Bookshop.  Order your copy here. Please note that this forum is virtual.  Participants will be emailed a link to watch the program live on Thursday, August 20. This is a free event.  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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Nicholas Basbanes on Longfellow

August 25, 2020

Nicholas Basbanes will discuss his new biography of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Cross of Snow, which the Wall Street Journal describes as a “superbly sympathetic” volume of “19th century America’s most popular and approachable poet.”  An early handwritten manuscript of Longfellow’s poem, The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere is currently on display at the Museum! Nicholas A. Basbanes is the author of ten critically acclaimed works of cultural history.  In 2016, he was awarded a Public Scholar research fellowship by the National Endowment for the Humanities, his second NEH grant, for work on Cross of Snow: A Life of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Knopf, 2020), which is receiving acclaimed reviews from The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, and Washington Post. Mr. Basbanes' new book Cross of Snow: A Life of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is available for in-store and curbside pickup as well as shipping via Media Mail thanks to our partners at the Concord Bookshop.  Order your copy here.   Please note that this forum is virtual.  Participants will be emailed a link to watch the program live on Tuesday, August 25. This is a free event.  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

25th Annual Family Trees: A Celebration of Children's Literature

November 25, 2020

Concord's renowned literary tradition takes a creative twist during the holiday season when Concord Museum opens the 25th Annual Family Trees: A Celebration of Children's Literature. Trees and wreaths of all shapes and sizes are decorated with charm and inspiration from acclaimed classic and contemporary children's books. Family Trees will be celebrated from November 25, 2020 through January 3, 2021.

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