Adult and Family Programs

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Upcoming Adult Programs

Doris Kearns Goodwin, Harold Holzer, and Ted Widmer on Abraham Lincoln

September 30, 2020

        Historians Doris Kearns Goodwin, Harold Holzer, and Ted Widmer discuss the life and times of Abraham Lincoln prompted by Ted Widmer’s new book Lincoln on the Verge: Thirteen Days to Washington which evokes the train journey from Springfield to Washington as Lincoln prepared to become the nation’s 16th president.  In a review in the Wall Street Journal, Harold Holzer writes: “In a wholly original, gorgeously crafted reimagining, Mr. Widmer portrays Lincoln’s demanding journey as a Homeric odyssey through perilous terrain toward almost preordained immortality…Mr. Widmer brings off his panoramic, almost mythical interpretation with riveting panache.  His book is not only a historical achievement but a literary one.” At 7:00 p.m. the Museum will bestow the 2020 Robert Gross Award for the Advancement of Concord’s History to Michael Goodwin, founder of the Rivers and Revolutions program at Concord-Carlisle High School.  The forum will then begin around 7:30 p.m. Ted Widmer’s new book Lincoln on the Verge: Thirteen Days to Washington can be ordered through the Concord Bookshop. Please note that this forum and award ceremony are virtual.  Participants will be emailed a link to watch the program live.

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.

Images from left to right: Ted Widmer, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Harold Holzer, and Michael Goodwin teaching.

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Memory Lands

October 7, 2020

Williams College historian Christine DeLucia will discuss her book, Memory Lands, in which she reconsiders the markers, monuments, and “memoryscapes” that memorialize King Philip’s War alongside the processes that alternatively repress and recover Indigenous histories of survival and adaptation. The Concord Museum’s new permanent exhibition, The People of Musketaquid, will serve as a case study on how museums present this complicated history to public. Christine DeLucia is Assistant Professor of History at Williams College. She focuses on Native American/ Indigenous and early American topics. Her research, teaching, and writing involve community collaborations, decolonizing approaches to archives, museums, and knowledge circulation, and socially transformative ways of connecting past, present, and future. Memory Lands: King Philip’s War and the Place of Violence in the Northeast is her first book. Prior to Williams, Professor DeLucia was a member of the history faculty at Mount Holyoke College. In 2018-2019, she held a research fellowship at Chicago’s Newberry Library to work on her second book, a study of Native communities’ complex modes of dwelling, adaptation, and sovereignty in the 18th-century Northeast. Professor DeLucia completed a Ph.D. in American Studies at Yale, an M.Litt. in Environmental History at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and an A.B. in History and Literature at Harvard. Professor DeLucia’s book Memory Lands: King Phillip’s War and the Place of Violence in the Northeast will be available for signing in partnership with the Concord Bookshop.. Please note that this forum is virtual.  Participants will be emailed a link to watch the program live. 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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Applying History to Present Challenges

October 19, 2020

As battles continue to rage over Confederate War monuments and with the future of American cities so uncertain, historical experience can help inform understanding and action. Join Harvard Professor and former Dean of the Radcliffe Institute Lizabeth Cohen in a conversation on how a well-informed historical perspective can equip us to revisit public memorials, monuments, and exhibits; to address mounting racial tensions; and to develop effective public policy. Professor Cohen will also discuss her newest book, Saving America's Cities: Ed Logue and the Struggle to Renew Urban America in the Suburban Age, which recently won the prestigious Bancroft Prize in American History, and how the lessons learned from urban renewal efforts in the 1960’s and 1970’s can be applied to the challenges we face today. Lizabeth Cohen is the Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies and a Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of History at Harvard. From 2011-18 she was the dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Professor Cohen has published a popular textbook and multiple books, including Making a New Deal: Industrial Workers in Chicago, 1919-1939, winner of the Bancroft Prize and a finalist for the Pulitzer. Among many awards and honors, Professor Cohen has been a fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California Berkeley and her A.B. from Princeton University. Professor Cohen’s book Saving America’s Cities: Ed Logue and the Struggle to Renew Urban America in the Suburban Age will be available in partnership with the Concord Bookshop. This program is part of the Concord Festival of Authors. Please note that this forum is virtual. Advanced registration is required. Participants will be emailed a link to watch the program live on Monday, October 19. 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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April 19, 1775 Curator Gallery Talk

October 21, 2020

Join us for a free virtual forum from the comfort of your home!

Curator David Wood and Peggy N. Gerry Curatorial Associate Erica Lome introduce visitors to the newly opened permanent galleries that unveil first-person narratives of the events of April 19, 1775 that started an 8-year war for independence. The objects in the gallery are witnesses to the events of that fateful day and tell a moving story of the Provincials who risked their lives and livelihoods for liberty. Please note that this event is virtual.  Participants will be emailed a link to watch the program live on Thursday, October 22. This is a free event.  Donations are encouraged to support the Concord Museum’s Education initiatives.

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JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century 1917-1956

October 27, 2020

As part of the 2020 Concord Festival of Authors, the Concord Museum is pleased to present Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, Fred Logevall, discussing his new biography, JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917-1956 with Tom Putnam, Concord Museum's Edward W. Kane Executive Director. Logevall’s Harvard colleague, Jill Lepore, describes the book as “an utterly incandescent study of one of the most consequential figures of the twentieth century.” Fredrik Logevall is the Laurence D. Belfer Professor of International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School and Professor of History at Harvard University. A specialist on U.S. foreign relations history and 20th century international history, he was previously a Professor of History at Cornell University and the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he co-founded the Center for Cold War Studies. He is the author or editor of nine books, including Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam (Random House, 2012), which won the Pulitzer Prize. Logevall’s essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Politico, Daily Beast, and Foreign Affairs, among other publications. A native of Stockholm, Sweden, he is a past president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. Professor Logevall’s new book JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917-1956  can be ordered through the Concord Bookshop. This program is part of the Concord Festival of Authors. Please note that this forum is virtual.  Participants will be emailed a link to watch the program live on Tuesday, October 27. 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

Free Community Day

October 12, 2020

Free admission is generously supported by Middlesex Savings Bank. Visit the People of Musketaquid gallery and learn about Concord’s rich Native history. Tickets are required for admission on a first come, first served basis. Please reserve your timed tickets on our website.  

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Family Performance with Larry Spotted Crow Mann

October 12, 2020

The Drum, which is the Heartbeat of Mother Earth holds a special place for Larry Spotted Crow Mann. Join us for a singing and Hand Drum performance from the award-winning performer, educator, and poet Larry Spotted Crow Mann. Mann is a citizen of the Nipmuc Tribe of Massachusetts, and he is sharing his music, culture, and the history of the Nipmuc people in this special program. This program will be performed at the Museum for a limited audience and streamed live to a virtual audience. Advanced registration is required. This is a free event.  Donations are encouraged to support the Concord Museum’s Education initiatives.

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Sleepy Hollow-een Tour

October 25, 2020

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. This is an in-person event. Tickets include same-day admission to the Concord Museum.

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A Soldier's Kit

November 1, 2020

What did Provincial troops carry with them into battle in 1775? How do you change a flint and fire a musket? Muster with living Historian Nick Johnson in this virtual program to find out! Please note that this family program is virtual.  Participants will be emailed a link to watch the program live on Sunday, November 1. This is a free event.  Donations are encouraged to support the Concord Museum’s Education initiatives.

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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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