Annual Events

Summary of Annual Events

Mary M. Lesneski Memorial Lecture

Every spring this lecture focuses on a topic relevant to those interested in decorative arts, collecting antiques, gardening, and the home and brings to the Museum an expert in their field. Past topics included decorating with blue, antique jewelry, the gardens of Winterthur, and Chinese export porcelain. The 2019 Lesneski Memorial Lecture will be held on March 28, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the Franklin Lyceum of the Rasmussen Education Center with Catherine Allgor, President of the Massachusetts Historical Society, on “‘The Great Centre of Attraction’: Dolley Madison Creates the White House”. A reception organized by the Guild of Volunteers will follow the lecture. Register here.

Patriots’ Ball

Save the date for the 2019 Patriots’ Ball: April 13, 2019!  Join us for an evening of music, raffles, cocktails, Americana style food, and patriotic activities – including a late night march through town to see Samuel Prescott ride in on horseback to warn us that the “Regulars are coming out!”  The Patriots’ Ball is organized by the Concord Museum Guild of Volunteers to support the Concord Museum’s education programs.

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Patriots’ Day

Make the Concord Museum part of your Patriots’ Day tradition! Each April, Concord is the focal point for visitors from near and far as area minutemen reenact the fateful events of April 19, 1775 and fife and drum corps from all over the nation march down Main Street. After the Patriots’ Day parade, or anytime throughout the Patriots’ Day weekend, visit the Concord Museum’s six history galleries and experience a hands-on orientation to Concord’s remarkable past.

Garden Tour

Join us for the 30th Annual Garden Tour, a benefit organized by the Concord Museum Guild of Volunteers featuring outstanding private gardens in the Concord area. The 2019 Garden Tour will be held on May 31, 2019 & June 1, 2019.

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Golf Course

Golf Tournament

This annual, premier golf tournament supports the Museum’s educational initiatives. The 24th Annual Tournament, organized by the Concord Museum Guild of Volunteers, will be held on Monday, June 10, 2019 at the Concord Country Club.

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Sally Lanagan Lecture

The Lanagan Lecture is a major annual lecture named for Sally Lanagan, a beloved volunteer who was deeply involved with the Museum and had a passion for American art, the decorative arts, and historic preservation. To honor Sally and her memory each year, The Sally Lanagan Fund was established in 2012 by her family, as a tribute to Sally’s years of dedicated service to the Concord Museum. Through this endowed lectureship, the Museum offers each year a presentation by a prominent scholar on a topic that is aligned with her interests.

Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature

Concord’s renowned literary tradition takes a creative twist during the holiday season when the Concord Museum opens the annual Family Trees: A Celebration of Childrens Literature. A benefit exhibition with related programs, Family Trees fills the Museum with trees and wreaths of all shapes and sizes fancifully dressed for the occasion with charming original ornaments inspired by a dazzling selection of children’s picture books. Family Trees is organized by the Concord Museum Guild of Volunteers, chaired in 2018 by Patty Flint and Pam Nelson.

The Fête

Join friends of the Museum for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at our annual event celebrating the opening of Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature. Each year the Concord Museum Guild of Volunteers Fête co-chairs host a beautiful night of holiday cheer! The 2018 Fête was held on November 30, 2018 in the Anna and Neil Rasmussen Education Center.

Holiday House Tour

Guests are welcomed inside the front doors of gracious private Concord residences to visit the charming ground floor rooms. From Colonial to Victorian to Shingle Style and more, each house will be decorated in a different holiday theme. The Concord Museum welcomes you to spend the day in Concord, a small town with a big history, and enjoy the elegant streets, charming cafés and shops, as well as the many historic homes. Organized by the Concord Museum Guild of Volunteers, the 2018 Holiday House Tour was chaired by Leah Butler and Lisanne Wheeler, and was held on Saturday, December 1st, 2018.

Upcoming Events

March Teddy Bear Tea

March 23

SOLD OUT! Thank you for your interest in Teddy Bear Tea at the Concord Museum.  We hope you can join us for these upcoming family programs on Patriots' Day Weekend, April School Vacation Week, and for a very special hands-on program: An Old Fashioned Breakfast! Delight your child or grandchild with an afternoon for just...

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Mrs James Madison (Dolley Madison), by Bass Otis

Mary Lesneski Memorial Lecture and Reception: "'The Great Centre of Attraction’: Dolley Madison Creates the White House"

March 28

Catherine Allgor, President of the Massachusetts Historical Society, presents the annual Mary Lesneski Memorial Lecture. Dolley Madison is famously credited for "redecorating" the executive mansion. It is more accurate, however, that Dolley Madison and architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe restructured the space in order to accomodate James Madison's political goals. Dr. Allgor explores the political meanings...

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Davis Museum at Wellesly College

April Member Meet-Up: Davis Museum at Wellesley College

April 11

Join other Concord Museum Members for a student-led tour of the Davis Museum at Wellesley College, one of the first American colleges to introduce both an art history program and modern art course.  Together we'll discover the treasures of the Davis' permanent collection. This is a members-only program. If you are not yet a member, please click...

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Patriots' Day Weekend

April 13

Rendezvous for Revolution at the Concord Museum!  Make the Concord Museum part of your Patriots’ Day tradition!   Join us for a Minute Man encampment with Billerica Colonial Minute Men, gallery talks, collection spotlights, dances, music, activities, and art-making. The Rasmussen Education Center is open Saturday, April 13 through Monday, April 15 from 10:00 a.m....

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Guests at the Concord Museum's 2018 Patriots' Ball

Patriots' Ball

April 13

Purchase tickets to the April 13, 2019 Patriots' Ball below! This patriotic evening is organized by the Concord Museum Guild of Volunteers and is a festive way to celebrate Concord's role in the first battle of the American Revolution in April 1775. Join us for an evening of music, raffles, cocktails, Americana style food, and...

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Patriots' Day Weekend

April 14

Rendezvous for Revolution at the Concord Museum!  Make the Concord Museum part of your Patriots’ Day tradition!   Join us for a Minute Man encampment with Billerica Colonial Minute Men, gallery talks, collection spotlights, dances, music, activities, and art-making. The Rasmussen Education Center is open Saturday, April 13 through Monday, April 15 from 10:00 a.m....

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Patriots' Day Weekend

April 15

Rendezvous for Revolution at the Concord Museum!  Make the Concord Museum part of your Patriots’ Day tradition!   Join us for a Minute Man encampment with Billerica Colonial Minute Men (Saturday, April 13), gallery talks, collection spotlights, dances, music, activities, and art-making. The Rasmussen Education Center is open Saturday, April 13 through Monday, April 15...

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The Revolution’s Odd Couple: Sam Adams and John Hancock

April 15

Join us the night of Patriots’ Day to hear from renowned storyteller and Northeastern University historian, Bill Fowler discuss two important figures who shaped the fabric of the American Revolution and the country that it formed. Dr. William Morgan Fowler, Jr. is a professor emeritus of history at Northeastern University,  Boston and a prolific author. He served as Director of the Massachusetts Historical Society from...

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bloody massacre

April Vacation Week Animal Adventures!

April 16 - 20

Tuesday, April 16 through Saturday, April 20 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Museum closed Easter Sunday, April 21)   Animal Adventures at the Concord Museum From prehistoric woolly mammoths to the Concord Town Cow, animals shape and reflect the history of the people of Concord.  Be inspired by the furry, feathered, and fluffy creatures wild,...

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Protecting Our Planet

April 18

Join Barbara Moran, WBUR’s Senior Producer for Environmental Reporting and Boston University Professor Richard Primack, author of Walden Warming: Climate Change Comes To Thoreau’s Woods in a conversation with museum director Tom Putnam on the environmental challenges facing our times. Members $5, Nonmembers $10. This program is supported in part by the Sally Lanagan Fund and...

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Frederick Douglass in Concord

April 24

Join us for a conversation with prize-winning historian Robert A. Gross as he discusses Frederick Douglass and his legacy in Concord.  Douglass, one of the nation’s most effective abolitionists, spoke twice in Concord: on October 12, 1841 and on August 1, 1844.  Hear about Douglass’ visits and the impact he left on the Middlesex County...

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Film Screening: A Revolutionary Duo

April 26

Patriots’ Day might be ending, but the Revolution is just beginning!  Join the Concord Museum to wrap up Patriots’ Day with a screening of A Revolutionary Duo - two short films investigating the war-time contributions of two New England residents during the Revolutionary War. After the screening, hear from the filmmaker, Maureen Taylor, and Pam...

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Film Screening: Exile and Community: The Life of Carola Domar

May 01

Carola Domar escaped Nazi Germany in her teens and came to the States, where she married and built a new life in Concord, finding true belonging within the unique neighborhood of Conantum. In this documentary film, she and her daughter tell the story of her persistent search for community. A high-spirited, resourceful person, Domar yearned...

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Woods and Pond

Your Everyday Companion: Journaling Workshop for Families

May 04

Slow-down and consider the world around you, notice overlooked details, and make connections.  Journaling can be your family’s invitation to creative expression, new thoughts, and broader perspectives. In this two hour workshop, participants will create their own hand-made journal with unique covers, pages, and binding.  In the second part of the workshop, participants will learn...

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Early Bird Walking Tour with Gary Clayton and Jeff Collins

May 11

Walk with the warblers as they migrate through Concord.  Led by Gary Clayton, president of Mass Audubon and Jeff Collins, Director of Conservation Science.  Explore birding hotspots in Mass Audubon’s newly acquired land on Ball’s Hill. Birders of all levels will enjoy searching for a variety of warblers that migrate through New England in the...

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Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

May 15

Join the Concord Museum in welcoming renowned historians David Blight and John Stauffer as they discuss one of the most important people of the nineteenth century: Frederick Douglass, the escaped enslaved man who became the greatest orator of his day and one of the leading abolitionists and writers of the era.   A NEW YORK TIMES, WALL...

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Antislavery Agents of Change: Concord Bike Fest Guided Tour

May 18

Experience the history of Concord while you cruise your way through town on a guided tour of Concord’s African American and Antislavery history.  Meet the free and enslaved people who called Concord their home.  Traverse spots along the Underground Railroad, and learn about flashpoints in Concord’s history that played a crucial role in the abolitionist...

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Trustees' Long Hill Beverly, MA

May Member Meet-Up: Trustees' Long Hill

May 24

Gear up for the Concord Museum's 30th Annual Garden Tour by joining other Members for a tour of the historic gardens at The Trustees' Long Hill in Beverly, MA.  Led by Trustees Horticulturist Dan Bouchard, we will tour through the beautiful and distinct gardens that surround the Federal-style house that once belonged to the Sedgwick...

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Emerson-Thoreau Amble Walking Tour

May 25

Happy 216th Birthday, Emerson! Celebrate Emerson’s birthday and follow the footsteps of writers Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau! Join a guided walk from Emerson's house to Fairyland Pond in the Walden Woods. Enjoy the spring weather and learn about the friendship of two notable observers of nature from Concord Museum interpreter, Barbara Forman....

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Collection Spotlight: Emerson in His Study

May 25

Join the Concord Museum Curator, David Wood, for a spotlight on the inner sanctum of Ralph Waldo Emerson.  After recently cataloging all of the objects in Emerson’s study, David will share highlights, surprises, and insights into the remarkable man and his many visitors who shaped the course of history. Included with Museum admission; Members free.

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Film Screening: James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket

May 29

As the culminating event in our Frederick Douglass Community Conversation initiative, the Museum will present a screening of James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket, a film described as "an emotional portrait, a social critique, and a passionate plea for human equality.” Following the screening of the newly restored documentary, the filmmaker, Karen Thorsen, along with Director...

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Garden Bed at 2018 Garden Tour

30th Annual Garden Tour

May 31

Join us for the Concord Museum's 30th Annual Garden Tour on Friday, May 31 & Saturday, June 1, organized by the Concord Museum's Guild of Volunteers to benefit the Museum's educational initiatives.  There are seven beautiful private Concord gardens on the list for this year and we look forward to sharing their elegant designs and...

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Garden Bed at 2018 Garden Tour

30th Annual Garden Tour

June 01

Join us for the Concord Museum's 30th Annual Garden Tour on Friday, May 31 & Saturday, June 1, organized by the Concord Museum's Guild of Volunteers to benefit the Museum's educational initiatives.  There are seven beautiful private Concord gardens on the list for this year and we look forward to sharing their elegant designs and...

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An Old Fashioned Breakfast with Laura Ziman

June 09

Wake up in 18th century Concord and immerse yourselves in the daily lives of children and families.  Discover the many similarities and differences between the daily lives and routines of children today and children three hundred years ago.  Participants will prepare and cook an authentic colonial breakfast.  Knead dough and shape rolls.  Turn fresh berries...

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Golfers at Concord Museum Golf Tournament

Concord Museum - Salesforce 24th Annual Golf Tournament

June 10

Each year the Concord Museum holds a premier golf tournament, organized by the Museum's Guild of Volunteers, to support the Museum's education initiatives.  The Museum’s educational programs teach children about the ideas of freedom, self-government and individualism and help to bring our nation’s history alive. This year's 24th Annual Tournament and will be held on...

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Farming Fields

Antislavery Walking Tour

June 15

19th century Concord was teeming with activists and intellectuals who cultivated the beginning of the antislavery movement.  Coinciding with the celebration of Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, this tour will introduce you to the Concord women and men who played a crucial role in the abolitionist movement in...

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Father’s Day Beer Talk and Tasting

June 16

Celebrate a very special Father’s Day at historic Wright Tavern!  Join us for a conversation with Mike Smith author of The Comic Book Story of Beer and head brewer for Aeronaut Brewing Co. of Somerville. Hear fascinating and pithy insights into the history of the world’s favorite brew from the New York Times Bestseller. Following the...

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Historic New England's Gropius House Lincoln, MA

June Member Meet-Up: Historic New England's Gropius House

June 19

Join other Concord Museum Members to celebrate 100 years of the Bauhaus movement with a tour of Historic New England's Gropius House, designed and lived in by Walter Gropius, one of the most influential architects of the twentieth century.  This unique home was built in 1938 in the rural landscape of Lincoln, MA and whether...

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