Annual Events

Stay tuned for our calendar of Fall and Winter events, coming soon!

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

Concord Museum’s Annual Garden Tour is a benefit organized by the Concord Museum Guild of Volunteers and features outstanding private gardens in the Concord area.

 

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 August 10, 2020 at the Concord Country Club.

 

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 and this year will be held from November 25, 2020 through January 3, 2021.

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!

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.

Upcoming Events

Copy after Amos Doolittle's 1775 -The Engagement at the North Bridge in Concord

Postponed to November: April 19, 1775 Curator Gallery Talk

October 21

Due to delays in the gallery opening, this event will now be held on Saturday, November 14 at 1:00 p.m. Please register here. 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...

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Sold Out! Sleepy Hollow-een Tour

October 25

This program is full.  We hope you can join us for more programs this fall! 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...

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

October 27

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...

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Cummings Davis Society Event: Muskets of the American Revolution

October 28

Learn all about the muskets of the Concord Museum’s collection that were fired on the North Bridge on April 19, 1775 streamed from the Lisa H. Foote History Learning Center. Experts Joel Bohy, of Bruneau & Co., and the Concord Museum’s Curator, David Wood, explore the objects that played a part in the events of...

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A Soldier's Kit

November 01

What did the Minutemen 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,...

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Concord: Laid in Stone

November 04

Join us for a free virtual forum from the comfort of your home! Join Geologist and New England's foremost expert on stone walls, Robert Thorson, in a conversation on the fascinating history of Concord's signature, but often forgotten, landform - stone walls. Thorson uncovers why New England is uniquely situated to be the quintessential landscape...

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The Art of Framing

November 08

Lawrence Powers has owned and operated Powers Gallery since 1982 after taking the business over from his father. Learn the ins and outs of fine art framing from the eye of an expert who has framed much of the artwork on view in the special exhibition Home: Paintings by Loring W. Coleman. This program will...

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Film Screening: The Making of Joe Wheeler: A Concord Story

November 12

Born on Thoreau Farm in 1926, Joe Wheeler went on to help farmers and others across the world. His idealism was forged in Concord during the Depression and World War II. Motivated to help build a war-free, prosperous world, he spent most of his life abroad assisting others through the U.S. Agency for International Development...

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Copy after Amos Doolittle's 1775 -The Engagement at the North Bridge in Concord

April 19, 1775 Curator Gallery Talk

November 14

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...

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The Life of a Watercolor: Artist Demonstration

November 15

As part of your Museum visit today, stop in the Churchill and Janet Franklin Lyceum to see the process of a watercolor painting come to life with artist Kat O’Connor, who is known for her stunning large-scale watercolors, acrylic paintings, and drawings of water, the human figure, and desert landscapes. Kat O’Connor earned a BA...

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1774: The Long Year of Revolution 

November 17

In her new book, 1774: The Long Year of Revolution, Cornell historian Mary Beth Norton chronicles the revolutionary change that occurred from December 1773 to April 1775 – from the Boston Tea Party and the first Continental Congress to the Battles of Lexington and Concord.  During those sixteen months, the term “Loyalist” was first coined...

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Conversation on Loring Coleman and the New England Landscape

November 18

Join us for a free virtual forum from the comfort of your home! Henry Adams, Professor of American Art at Case Western Reserve University and descendant of John Adams, joins us for a conversation on his former teacher and mentor, Loring W. Coleman. In reflecting on Coleman’s work, Adams addresses that “Coleman was inspired by...

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25th Annual Family Trees: A Celebration of Children's Literature

November 25

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,...

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Art-Making Program with Honorary Chair Nicole Tadgell

December 06

Join us for a free virtual event from the comfort of your home! What do you want to be when you grow up? Annie dreams of being an astronaut who flies to outer space! Join Family Trees Honorary Chair and Award-winning illustrator of Astronaut Annie, Nicole Tadgell, in a creative art-making program that’s out of...

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A Virtual Weekend with Authors and Illustrators

December 11 - 13

Join us for a free virtual event series from the comfort of your home! Meet some of the accomplished authors and illustrators whose books are featured in the 25th Annual Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature in a series of virtual programs. Watch videos, read stories, and participate in art-making and story-telling activities all...

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Holiday House Tour

December 11

Concord Museum's annual Holiday House Tour is now virtual! Enjoy five spectacular Concord homes decorated in the holiday spirit from the comfort of your home. This year the Guild of Volunteers will present five individual tours starting on Friday, December 11, 2020 through Sunday, December 13, 2020. Please be sure to save the dates! More...

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Holiday House Tour

December 12

Concord Museum's annual Holiday House Tour is now virtual! Enjoy five spectacular Concord homes decorated in the holiday spirit from the comfort of your home. This year the Guild of Volunteers will present five individual tours starting on Friday, December 11, 2020 through Sunday, December 13, 2020. Please be sure to save the dates! More...

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Holiday House Tour

December 13

Concord Museum's annual Holiday House Tour is now virtual! Enjoy five spectacular Concord homes decorated in the holiday spirit from the comfort of your home. This year the Guild of Volunteers will present five individual tours starting on Friday, December 11, 2020 through Sunday, December 13, 2020. Please be sure to save the dates! More...

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