For a full list of programs, please visit the Calendar
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.
April 1, 2020
Learn the ins and outs of the muskets of the Concord Museum’s collection that were fired on the Old North Bridge on April 19, 1775, in the up-close educational setting of the Lisa H. Foote History Learning Center. Experts Joel Boey, of Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisals, and the Concord Museum’s Curator, David Wood, explore the objects that played a part in the events of the fateful day that began an eight-year fight for independence. In this unique setting, participants will go in-depth to experience historic objects like they never have before. $20 Member | $30 Non-Member. This program is an event of the Cummings Davis Society, which is a group of Museum members with a strong interest in American decorative arts. Funds raised by this program support acquisitions and preservation of the Museum’s distinguished collection for future generations. All are welcome!
April 8, 2020
Dr. Kerri Greenidge, Director of American Studies at Tufts University, reestablishes William Monroe Trotter’s essential place in the pantheon of American civil rights heroes. For more than thirty years, the Harvard-educated Trotter edited and published the Guardian, a weekly Boston newspaper that was read across the nation. Trotter advocated for a radical vision of black liberation that prefigured leaders such as Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. Join us as Greenidge unpacks this indefatigable figure whose underappreciated legacy in the pursuit of racial justice is as pertinent as ever. $5 Concord Museum and Robbins House Member | $10 Non-Member. Co-sponsored by the Robbins House. Greenidge’s new book Black Radical: The Life and Times of William Monroe Trotter will be available for signing in partnership with the Concord Bookshop. Register below:
April 18, 2020
Make the Concord Museum part of your Patriots’ Day tradition! Join us for activities, art-making, Longfellow-inspired poetry writing, and living history demonstrations from Colonial Minute Men. Special activities ongoing in conjunction with the special exhibition Beyond Midnight: Paul Revere and His Ride. The Colonial Minute Men encampment is free and open to the public. All other programs and exhibitions are included with Museum admission.
April 20, 2020
After the Patriots’ Day parade, stop by the Museum to enjoy patriotic activities for families, art-making, Longfellow-inspired poetry writing, and explore the Museum’s outstanding collection of objects that were witness to the events of April 1775, including the famous “one, if by land, two, if by sea” lantern. Meet a silversmith and hammer your own copper bowl to bring home. Patriots’ Day is made possible in part with the generous support of the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati. Activities throughout the day.
April 21, 2020
The Regulars are coming! Get creative during vacation week with Revolutionary activities inspired by the Concord Museum’s special exhibit Beyond Midnight: Paul Revere available daily in the Concord Museum galleries. Included with Museum admission. Members visit free.