Adult and Family Programs

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Upcoming Adult Programs

Postponed - Cummings Davis Society Event: Muskets of the American Revolution

April 1, 2020

This event was temporarily postponed. We will be sure to post the new date and time when it is confirmed. Learn all about the muskets of the Concord Museum’s collection that were fired on the Old North Bridge on April 19, 1775, in the History Learning Center.  Experts Joel Bohy, of Skinner Auctioneers, and the Concord Museum’s Curator, David Wood, explore the objects that played a part in the events of the fateful day.  In this unique setting, participants will 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!

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Postponed - Black Radical: The Life and Times of William Monroe Trotter

April 8, 2020

This event was temporarily postponed. We will be sure to post the new date and time when it is confirmed. 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:

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Postponed - Boston Massacre: A Family History

April 9, 2020

This event was temporarily postponed. We will be sure to post the new date and time when it is confirmed. 250 years ago this March, British soldiers shot into a crowd and killed five civilians outside Boston’s Old State House on a blustery night in 1770. In her new book on the Boston Massacre, Serena Zabin, professor of history at Carleton College, offers a unique view of the British occupation of Boston highlighting that the British army at that time was a family institution with soldiers being accompanied by their wives and children, who lived side-by-side (and often in common cause) with their fellow Bostonians. How did this familial bond break in the violent events of the Boston Massacre that led to a bitterly fought American Revolution? Professor Zabin’s new book Boston Massacre: A Family History will be available for signing in partnership with the Concord Bookshop. $5 Member | $10 Non-Member. Image: Bloody Massacre. Paul Revere. Engraving. 1770. Concord Museum collection.

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Postponed - Mary Lesneski Memorial Lecture and Reception

April 23, 2020

This event was temporarily postponed. We will be sure to post the new date and time when it is confirmed.

Art and Reform: The Saturday Evening Girls

The Saturday Evening Girls take center stage at this year’s annual Mary Lesneski Memorial Lecture and Reception.  Young immigrant women, living in the tenements of the North End in early 20th century Boston, gathered weekly to create colorful and often lyrical ceramics under the enterprise Paul Revere Pottery.  The wares were sold to fund the young women’s informal education, at a time when there was a void in social and educational opportunities for girls.  The pieces produced by Paul Revere Pottery are now extremely valuable and cherished by Museums and private collectors across the country.  Hear about the women who, inspired by the patriot and entrepreneur, took Paul Revere’s legend into their own hands – literally – and formed ceramic wares appreciated for posterity.   Nonie Gadsden is the Katharine Lane Weems Senior Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA). She earned her B.A. from Yale College and her M.A. from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture at the University of Delaware. Prior to joining the MFA in 2004, she worked at the Chipstone Foundation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and the Milwaukee Art Museum.  At the MFA, Gadsden is responsible for a wide range of artwork, including the planning and installation of the MFA’s award-winning Art of the Americas Wing (opened 2010).  Gadsden curated many exhibitions in the MFA, including the current exhibition “Women Take the Floor” (2019). She is the author of books, essays, articles, and book reviews including the monograph Art and Reform: Sara Galner, the Saturday Evening Girls and the Paul Revere Pottery (2006).  She heads the Collections Committee of the Nichols House Museum on Boston’s Beacon Hill, serves as a Governor for the Decorative Arts Trust, and is a member of the Council of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts. The lecture will be held in the Franklin Lyceum in the Rasmussen Education Center.  Reception to follow in Brooke Hall with an opportunity to visit Beyond Midnight: Paul Revere and His Ride with Concord Museum Curator, David Wood. $10 Member | $15 Non-Member. Reception to follow.

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Postponed - Confronting Contested Histories

April 27, 2020

This event was temporarily postponed. We will be sure to post the new date and time when it is confirmed. Join Harvard Professor and former Dean of the Radcliffe Institute Lisabeth Cohen in a conversation on how contested topics in American history are conveyed to the public through museum exhibits, public memorials, and reenactments.  How do museums related to our nation’s founding handle the stories of indigenous people and slavery?  Should memorials to Civil War heroes remain standing?  How do we best discuss more contemporary topics such as the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War can in the public square?  The forum will end with a brief discussion of Professor Cohen’s newest book, Saving America's Cities: Ed Logue and the Struggle to Renew Urban America in the Suburban Age. 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.  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, 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.  Cohen received her Ph.D. from the University of California Berkeley and her A.B. from Princeton University. Cohen’s book Saving America’s Cities: Ed Logue and the Struggle to Renew Urban America in the Suburban Age will be available for signing in partnership with the Concord Bookshop. $5 Member | $10 Non-Member. Advanced Registration Required. Register here.

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Upcoming Family Programs

Canceled - Minute Men Encampment and Patriots' Day Weekend Activities

April 18, 2020

This event was canceled.  Please join us next year for our annual Patriots' Day and April Vacation Week programming. 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. Patriots’ Day is made possible in part with the generous support of the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati.

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Canceled - Patriots’ Day at the Concord Museum

April 20, 2020

This event was canceled.  Please join us next year for our annual Patriots' Day and April Vacation Week programming. 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 ongoing throughout the day.

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Canceled - School Vacation Week: Beyond Midnight

April 21, 2020

This event was canceled.  Please join us next year for our annual Patriots' Day and April Vacation Week programming. 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. Patriots’ Day is made possible in part with the generous support of the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati.

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Postponed - A Walk with Louisa and Ellen

May 3, 2020

This event was temporarily postponed. We will be sure to post the new date and time when it is confirmed. "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. To mark the centennial of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, the Concord Museum places women at the center of political thought and action that reshaped the country in the early 20th century through a program highlighting the objects and homes of remarkable women including Louisa May Alcott and her dear friend Ellen Emerson.  Beginning in the Concord Museum galleries, participants will have the opportunity to view significant historical objects including Louisa May Alcott’s tea kettle that she used while serving as a nurse for the Union Army.  The program will conclude with a walk to Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House and Ralph Waldo Emerson’s House where participants will hear stories of friendship and the quest for equality. 1-mile walk, mostly flat sidewalk or pavement, rain or shine. Meet at the Concord Museum. Free. Space for our popular walking tours is limited.  Please reserve tickets in advance to ensure registration. Register here.

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Postponed - A Walk with Louisa and Ellen

May 30, 2020

This event was temporarily postponed. We will be sure to post the new date and time when it is confirmed. "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. To mark the centennial of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, the Concord Museum places women at the center of political thought and action that reshaped the country in the early 20th century through a program highlighting the objects and homes of remarkable women including Louisa May Alcott and her dear friend Ellen Emerson.  Beginning in the Concord Museum galleries, participants will have the opportunity to view significant historical objects including Louisa May Alcott’s tea kettle that she used while serving as a nurse for the Union Army.  The program will conclude with a walk to Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House and Ralph Waldo Emerson’s House where participants will hear stories of friendship and the quest for equality. 1-mile walk, mostly flat sidewalk or pavement, rain or shine. Meet at the Concord Museum. Free. Space for our popular walking tours is limited.  Please reserve tickets in advance to ensure registration. Register here.

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