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. Registration coming soon.

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.

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

Mark your calendars for the 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.

 

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.

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

Slavery’s Determined Foe: Amanda Gilvin and Laura McDonald on the Legacy of John Brown

January 24

Concord is home to the flashpoint of a revolution, discussions of protest, peace and war, and the people who defined American ideals. Inspired by this past, the Concord Perspectives series uses history as a lens to analyze present issues of power, protest, and society. This presentation brings together two scholars to discuss John Brown, the...

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House of the Seven Gables

February Member Meet-Up: The House of the Seven Gables

February 09

Join other Concord Museum members for a tour of The House of the Seven Gables! Nathaniel Hawthorne’s cousin, Susanna Ingersoll, owned this house during his lifetime and he was a frequent visitor. He used his experiences there and her stories as inspiration when writing his 1851 novel with the same name. Whether you’ve toured The House of the Seven...

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Concord perspectives: The Garrison Men in Images and Objects

February 13

Concord is home to the flashpoint of a revolution, discussions of protest, peace and war, and the people who defined American ideals. Inspired by this past, the Concord Perspectives Series consists of a lectures and panel discussions which use history as a lens to analyze present issues of power, protest, and society. Moderated by Maria Madison of...

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February Vacation Week Crafts

February 16

Get creative during vacation week with crafts available daily in the Rasmussen Education Center. Come imagine what you would do if you were president and vote on your favorite object in the museum! Included with Museum admission; Members free. Public parking is available in the Museum's newly expanded parking lot at 200 Lexington Road, Concord...

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February Vacation Week Crafts

February 17

Get creative during vacation week with crafts available daily in the Rasmussen Education Center. Come imagine what you would do if you were president and vote on your favorite object in the museum! Included with Museum admission; Members free. Public parking is available in the Museum's newly expanded parking lot at 200 Lexington Road, Concord...

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February Vacation Week Crafts

February 18

Get creative during vacation week with crafts available daily in the Rasmussen Education Center. Come imagine what you would do if you were president and vote on your favorite object in the museum! Included with Museum admission; Members free. Public parking is available in the Museum's newly expanded parking lot at 200 Lexington Road, Concord...

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A Visit with President Lincoln

February 18

The Museum is pleased to again host Steve Wood and his performance as Abraham Lincoln. Wood’s first-person historical interpretation includes stories of Lincoln’s early life, campaign debates, the Civil War, and concludes with a stirring reading of the Gettysburg Address. Recommended for all ages; Members $10/$6 child; Non-members $16/$8 child; ticket price includes crafts after...

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February Vacation Week Crafts

February 19

Get creative during vacation week with crafts available daily in the Rasmussen Education Center. Come imagine what you would do if you were president and vote on your favorite object in the museum! Included with Museum admission; Members free. Public parking is available in the Museum's newly expanded parking lot at 200 Lexington Road, Concord...

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February Vacation Week Crafts

February 20

Get creative during vacation week with crafts available daily in the Rasmussen Education Center. Come imagine what you would do if you were president and vote on your favorite object in the museum! Included with Museum admission; Members free. Public parking is available in the Museum's newly expanded parking lot at 200 Lexington Road, Concord...

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February Vacation Week Crafts

February 21

Get creative during vacation week with crafts available daily in the Rasmussen Education Center. Come imagine what you would do if you were president and vote on your favorite object in the museum! Included with Museum admission; Members free. Public parking is available in the Museum's newly expanded parking lot at 200 Lexington Road, Concord...

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February Vacation Week Crafts

February 22

Get creative during vacation week with crafts available daily in the Rasmussen Education Center. Come imagine what you would do if you were president and vote on your favorite object in the museum! Included with Museum admission; Members free. Public parking is available in the Museum's newly expanded parking lot at 200 Lexington Road, Concord...

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February Vacation Week Crafts

February 23

Get creative during vacation week with crafts available daily in the Rasmussen Education Center. Come imagine what you would do if you were president and vote on your favorite object in the museum! Included with Museum admission; Members free. Public parking is available in the Museum's newly expanded parking lot at 200 Lexington Road, Concord...

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February Teddy Bear Tea

February 23

Delight your child or grandchild with an afternoon for just the two of you! Bring a favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal to join you for tea or cocoa and take part in a simple craft. Tea served in the brand new Rasmussen Education Center with jewel-like silken tea infusers crafted by Tea Forté of...

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February Vacation Week Crafts

February 24

Get creative during vacation week with crafts available daily in the Rasmussen Education Center. Come imagine what you would do if you were president and vote on your favorite object in the museum! Included with Museum admission; Members free. Public parking is available in the Museum's newly expanded parking lot at 200 Lexington Road, Concord...

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Ken Gloss on the Value of Old and Rare Books

February 27

Kenneth Gloss, proprietor of the internationally known Brattle Book Shop in Boston’s Downtown Crossing section, will give a talk on the value of old and rare books. Ken, who is also a frequent guest appraiser on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow, will talk in part about the history of his historic bookshop Brattle Book Shop, which goes back...

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Monument Man: The Life & Art of Daniel Chester French

March 06

Harold Holzer on "Monument Man: The Life & Art of Daniel Chester French" Harold Holzer, one of the leading historians of Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era, explores the long life and dramatic artistic career of pre-eminent American sculptor Daniel Chester French, whose statue for the Lincoln Memorial is arguably...

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Wright Tavern

Winter Night at Wright Tavern

March 14

Shake off the winter blues at Wright Tavern! Join us for a talk by Maria Olia on the historic taverns and inns of New England. Olia is a travel writer and author of New England’s Colonial Inns & Taverns: Centuries of Yankee Fare and Hospitality. After the talk, try some brews for yourself with a beer tasting....

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March Teddy Bear Tea

March 23

Delight your child or grandchild with an afternoon for just the two of you! Bring a favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal to join you for tea or cocoa and take part in a simple craft. Tea served in the brand new Rasmussen Education Center with jewel-like silken tea infusers crafted by Tea Forté of...

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