Adult and Family Programs

For a full list of programs, please visit the Calendar

Upcoming Adult Programs

Along Battle Road Walking Tour

September 21, 2019

Visitors will follow in Paul Revere’s footsteps as we retrace the journey he took on horseback the night of April 18, 1775 to warn colonists about the approach of the British regulars. First-person interpreters playing Concord residents who were eyewitnesses to the events of that fateful night and day will add a deeper level of engagement. 1 mile walk, mostly flat terrain, rain or shine. $5 Member | $10 Non-Member. Meet at the Hartwell Tavern Parking Lot at the Minute Man National Historical Park.  Register here.

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Film Screening of Nature: A Walking Play

September 25, 2019

The Concord Museum and The Old Manse welcome you a screening of Nature: A Walking Play (TigerLion Arts), which tells the story of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau’s friendship. The film documents the unique outdoor play which captures the complex relationship between these two characters and nature itself.  Following the screening, the audience will have the opportunity to speak with members of the cast and the film’s director. Free Member | Free Non-Member with registration. In partnership with the Old Manse.

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"Our Paradise at Concord": How Hawthorne Found Happiness

October 3, 2019

Nathaniel Hawthorne cherished his years at the Old Manse, where he and his wife Sophia lived from 1842 to 1845. How did the moody Salemite find happiness in Concord? Surveying Hawthorne's private life and published fiction, historian John Frederick Bell will explain how Hawthorne’s adopted home shaped his worldview. John Frederick Bell is an interdisciplinary historian at Assumption College specializing in race, religion, and social reform and the history of education. His current research examines the politics of racial pluralism within Civil War-era interracial colleges, asking why these social experiments failed to curb prejudice. His work has appeared in Education's Histories, Journal of the Civil War Era, History of Education Quarterly, and (forthcoming) Journal of the Early Republic. His teaching interests include undergraduate writing and research methods, education studies, and historical and contemporary social issues. $5 Member | $10 Non-Member. This program is supported in part by the Sally Lanagan Fund and grants from the Concord Cultural Council, the Lexington Council for the Arts, and the Lincoln Cultural Council –  local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Advanced Registration Required. Register Here:

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Jenna Blum in conversation with Louisa May Alcott

October 15, 2019

       

Kick-off the 27th Annual Concord Festival of Authors with New York Times bestselling novelist Jenna Blum in conversation with one of America’s most prolific writers, Louisa May Alcott.  The fiercely independent author of Little Women is portrayed by Director of Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House Jan Turnquist. Reception to follow.

Jenna Blum is a New York Times and internationally best-selling author of the novels Those Who Save Us (Harcourt 2002) , The Stormchasers (Dutton, 2010) and The Lost Family (Harper Collins, 2018. She earned her M.A. in Creative Writing from Boston University, where she taught Creative Writing and journalism and was the fiction editor for AGNI Literary Magazine. In addition to being a novelist, Jenna is also a professional public speaker, traveling nationally and internationally to speak at universities, libraries, events, and book clubs. Among many achievements, she is one of Oprah's Top 30 Women Writers and is currently working on her fourth novel.

Jan Turnquist is the executive director of the Louisa May Alcott Orchard House. Jan is an educator, actress, and historian, holding teaching certification and degrees in English and Comparative Literature from the University of Wisconsin. She has been featured in various television roles on PBS, the Fox Network, and several BBC productions.

Books will be available for purchase and signing by the author in partnership with the Concord Bookshop.

$5 Member | $10 Non-Member. This program is supported in part by the Sally Lanagan Fund and grants from the Concord Cultural Council, the Lexington Council for the Arts, and the Lincoln Cultural Council –  local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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Canton in Concord: Early American Engagement in China

October 23, 2019

Curator Karina H. Corrigan will speak about the thriving and cosmopolitan Chinese port city of Guangzhou. Known to foreign merchants as Canton, Guangzhou was the only port in China open to foreign trade for over 100 years. Imported luxury goods such as tea, silk, porcelain and lacquer from Guangzhou had a profound impact on people's lives in Massachusetts during the early 19th century. Even the camp bed Thoreau slept on at Walden had its origins in China. Karina H. Corrigan is The H.A. Crosby Forbes Curator of Asian Export at the Peabody Essex Museum. She received her B.A. in Art History and Medieval Renaissance Studies from Wellesley College, an MS in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture. Corrigan has lectured and published extensively on many aspects of Asian export art and has organized eight exhibitions regarding the subject at the PEM. $5 Member | $10 Non-Member Advanced Registration Required. Register here:

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Upcoming Family Programs

GRAND OPENING: A New Concord Museum Experience!

October 11, 2019

Opening Weekend: Friday October 11 to 14, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Come see the newly renovated first phase of the Concord Museum! Visit the new Gateway to Concord, including the new Museum Shop! Explore the introductory gallery Concord: At the Center of Revolution; encounter the People of Musketaquid, and in the Concord Collects exhibition discover twenty remarkable works of art from four Concord private collections. Grand Opening festivities with crafts, entertainment, and talks throughout the weekend. Free with Museum admission.

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Concord Playdates: Sculptures Alive!

October 12, 2019

Look closely at the form and colors of the beautiful sculptures in Concord Collects. Then make your own sculpture and add color and design to bring it to life! Included with Museum admission. Drop in anytime between 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

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Concord Playdates: Sculptures Alive!

October 13, 2019

Look closely at the form and colors of the beautiful sculptures in Concord Collects. Then make your own sculpture and add color and design to bring it to life! Free with admission. Drop in anytime 10:00 am to 4:00 pm!

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GRAND OPENING: A New Concord Museum Experience!

October 14, 2019

Opening Weekend: Friday October 11 to 14, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Come see the newly renovated first phase of the Concord Museum! Visit the new Gateway to Concord, including the new Museum Shop! Explore the introductory gallery Concord: At the Center of Revolution; encounter the People of Musketaquid, and in the Concord Collects exhibition discover twenty remarkable works of art from four Concord private collections. Grand Opening festivities with crafts, entertainment, and talks throughout the weekend. Free with Museum admission.

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Sleepy Hollow-een Tour

October 27, 2019

Join us for this special Halloween event! Take a tour through historic Sleepy Hollow Cemetery with a Concord Museum guide. Learn about the lives and deaths of past Concordians through stories passed down through the generations. $5 Member | $10 Non-Member.  Ticket includes same day admission to the Concord Museum. Advanced Registration Required. Register here:

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