Annual Events

Summary of Annual Events

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 31st Annual Garden Tour, a benefit organized by the Concord Museum Guild of Volunteers featuring outstanding private gardens in the Concord area. The 2020 Garden Tour will be held on Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6, 2020.



Golf Course

Golf Tournament

This annual, premier golf tournament supports the Museum’s educational initiatives. The 25th Annual Tournament, organized by the Concord Museum Guild of Volunteers, will be held on Monday, June 15, 2020 at the Concord Country Club. This event is chaired by Lisa McAfee.


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. The 7th Annual Lanagan Lecture will be held on Wednesday, October 30, 2019. Prize winning author and historian T.H. Breen will be speaking about The Will of the People: The Revolutionary Birth of America.

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 and this year will be held from November 27, 2019 through January 5, 2020. Pam Nelson and Lyn Carroll are this years co-chairs!

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 host a beautiful night of holiday cheer! The 2019 Fête will be held on Friday, December 6th in the Museum’s Brooke Hall and is co-chaired by Michelle McArdle and Gail Hire.

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 2019 Holiday House Tour will be held on Saturday, December 7th and is co-chaired by Patty Flint and Joanne Roser.

Upcoming Events

Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and their Astonishing Odyssey Home

February 06

“BOY LOST,” read the advertisement placed in a newspaper by the father of one of the five free boys kidnapped in Philadelphia in 1825.  Join us for a forum about the gripping and true story about five boys who were kidnapped in the North and smuggled into slavery in the Deep South—and their daring attempt...

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Steve Wood, of Claremont, New Hampshire

A Visit with President Lincoln

February 17

The Museum is pleased to again host Steve Wood and his amazing performance as Abraham Lincoln. Wood's first-person historical interpretation, "A Visit with Abraham Lincoln," includes stories of Lincoln's early life, campaign debates, the Civil War, and concludes with a stirring reading of the Gettysburg Address.  Ticket price includes Museum admission and activities after the...

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Sweet History: Colonial Chocolate

February 20

Grind cocoa beans, add spices and concoct delicious treats by the roaring winter hearth.  Read a colonial recipe or “receipt” and decipher the steps to cooking rare delicacies in colonial Concord.   With Museum admission. Members visit free.

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Curator Talk: 250th Anniversary of the Boston Massacre

March 05

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...

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Listening for Thoreau's Flute

March 12

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...

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Paul Revere: Man and Myth

March 25

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...

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Black Radical: The Life and Times of William Monroe Trotter

April 08

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...

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31st Annual Garden Tour

June 05

Join us for the 31st Annual Garden Tour, a benefit organized by the Concord Museum Guild of Volunteers featuring outstanding private gardens in the Concord area on Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6, 2020

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31st Annual Garden Tour

June 06

Join us for the 31st Annual Garden Tour, a benefit organized by the Concord Museum Guild of Volunteer featuring outstanding private gardens in the Concord area on Saturday, June 5 and Sunday, June 6, 2020.

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