Annual Events

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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

Annual Earth Day Forum with Tatiana Schlossberg

April 21

Join Tatiana Schlossberg, former New York Times journalist, as she discusses her book, Inconspicuous Consumption: The Environmental Impact You Don’t Know You Have, about the unseen environmental and climate impacts of the Internet, technology, food, fashion and fuel, which recently won the Rachel Carson Environment Book Award in 2020. Please join us for this virtual Concord Museum Forum. Tatiana Schlossberg’s book...

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Revolutionary Family Activities

April 22

Participate in drop-in activities outside in the Museum’s courtyard inspired by the Revolution.  Try your hand at using a feather quill and ink to write like a revolutionary; make and decorate your own tricorne hat; and play colonial games! Activities are free with Museum admission; Members visit free. Sponsored by Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati....

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Revolutionary Family Activities

April 23

Participate in drop-in activities outside in the Museum’s courtyard inspired by the Revolution.  Try your hand at using a feather quill and ink to write like a revolutionary; make and decorate your own tricorne hat; and play colonial games! Activities are free with Museum admission; Members visit free. Sponsored by Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati....

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Make Your Own Paul Revere Lantern

April 23

Listen along to a reading of the famous poem “Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride” and see the famed one if by land, two if by sea lantern that was hung to signal Revere and the other riders.  Create a decorative pattern on your own lantern that shines as bright as Paul Revere’s signal. Advanced registration required...

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Make Your Own Paul Revere Lantern

April 23

Listen along to a reading of the famous poem “Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride” and see the famed one if by land, two if by sea lantern that was hung to signal Revere and the other riders.  Create a decorative pattern on your own lantern that shines as bright as Paul Revere’s signal. Advanced registration required...

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Revolutionary Family Activities

April 24

Participate in drop-in activities outside in the Museum’s courtyard inspired by the Revolution.  Try your hand at using a feather quill and ink to write like a revolutionary; make and decorate your own tricorne hat; and play colonial games! Activities are free with Museum admission; Members visit free. Sponsored by Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati....

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Revolutionary Family Activities

April 25

Participate in drop-in activities outside in the Museum’s courtyard inspired by the Revolution.  Try your hand at using a feather quill and ink to write like a revolutionary; make and decorate your own tricorne hat; and play colonial games! Activities are free with Museum admission; Members visit free. Sponsored by Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati....

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Emerson, Thoreau, and Frost: A Conversation with Jay Parini

April 27

Join poet, novelist, biographer, and critic Jay Parini in a wide-ranging discussion of three granite figures of New England and American literature: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Robert Frost.  A faculty member at Middlebury College, Professor Parini’s most recent book, Borges and Me: An Encounter, has been described as a “poignant and comic...

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Telling Women’s Stories: StoryCorp DIY

May 01

Tell a story about a woman in your life; tell a story with a woman in your life.  Participate in the Museum’s oral history program recording stories about the important women in our lives.  The recordings will become part of the StoryCorps Archive through the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, preserving your...

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Women in Our Future: Drop-In Family Program

May 01

Every Saturday in May, stop by the Churchill and Janet Franklin Lyceum to participate in an activity that celebrates women’s fight for civil rights and equity throughout history, and all that is to come for women’s achievement. The future is female, and we want to hear your hopes for our future! With Museum admission; Members...

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FULL! Brewster and the Birds Walking Tour

May 01

Thank you for your interest in our programs.  Registration for the Brewster and the Birds walking tour is full.  We hope you will consider participating in one of our other programs this spring! A young William Brewster and his childhood friend Daniel Chester French explored the rivers and forests of Concord and observed birds - an ornithological...

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Anna Malaika Tubbs on The Three Mothers

May 02

On the eve of Mother’s Day, join biographer Anna Malaika Tubbs as she discusses her new book, The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr. Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation, which Ibram X. Kendi describes as “forgotten history that begs to be told and Tubbs tells it brilliantly.” Please join us...

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Breaking the Political Glass Ceiling

May 06

Over 20 years ago Jane Swift became the only woman to perform the duties of governor of Massachusetts and also the first sitting Governor to give birth while in office.  Since that time we’ve seen the election of our nation’s first woman as Vice President, the state’s first female United States Senator, two female attorney...

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Telling Women’s Stories: StoryCorp DIY

May 08

Tell a story about a woman in your life; tell a story with a woman in your life.  Participate in the Museum’s oral history program recording stories about the important women in our lives.  The recordings will become part of the StoryCorps Archive through the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, preserving your...

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Women in Our Future: Drop-In Family Program

May 08

Every Saturday in May, stop by the Churchill and Janet Franklin Lyceum to participate in an activity that celebrates women’s fight for civil rights and equity throughout history, and all that is to come for women’s achievement. The future is female, and we want to hear your hopes for our future! With Museum admission; Members...

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A Walk with Louisa and Ellen

May 08

Join us for a walking tour highlighting the objects and homes of remarkable women of Concord including Louisa May Alcott and her dear friend Ellen Emerson.  1-mile walk, mostly flat sidewalk or pavement, rain or shine. Meet at the Concord Museum. This is a free tour for a small group; Advanced registration is required. This...

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A Bridge to the Future: Thriving at Work Beyond Covid

May 11

Join us for a virtual presentation and networking breakfast to discuss the challenges women face in the workplace, and the bridges we can build to the future as we emerge from lock-down. For women at work, what has been lost and what new pathways and opportunities have opened because of the pandemic? This framing question...

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The Smallest Lights in the Universe: A Conversation with Sara Seager

May 11

Join Sara Seager, an astrophysicist and a professor of planetary science at MIT, as she discusses her memoir, The Smallest Lights in the Universe, in which she recounts her successful efforts to rebuild her life in the wake of tragedy -- discovering the power of connection on this planet, even as she searches our galaxy...

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Courageous Women Leaders in Turbulent Times

May 13

In her recent book, Forged in Crisis, Nancy Koehn, historian at the Harvard Business School, examines the pivotal role that Rachel Carson played in the development of the modern environmental movement and in inspiring citizen action toward protecting the earth. Join us for this conversation in which she will also discuss the book she is...

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Telling Women’s Stories: StoryCorp DIY

May 15

Tell a story about a woman in your life; tell a story with a woman in your life.  Participate in the Museum’s oral history program recording stories about the important women in our lives.  The recordings will become part of the StoryCorps Archive through the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, preserving your...

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Women in Our Future: Drop-In Family Program

May 15

Every Saturday in May, stop by the Churchill and Janet Franklin Lyceum to participate in an activity that celebrates women’s fight for civil rights and equity throughout history, and all that is to come for women’s achievement. The future is female, and we want to hear your hopes for our future! With Museum admission; Members...

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The Quest for Equality: Progress or Retreat?

May 20

As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment – how far has our nation and our world come in creating an equitable world?  Join Margaret Marshall, former (and first female) Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and the author of the groundbreaking decision that legalized same-sex marriage; Jane...

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Telling Women’s Stories: StoryCorp DIY

May 22

Tell a story about a woman in your life; tell a story with a woman in your life.  Participate in the Museum’s oral history program recording stories about the important women in our lives.  The recordings will become part of the StoryCorps Archive through the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, preserving your...

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Women in Our Future: Drop-In Family Program

May 22

Every Saturday in May, stop by the Churchill and Janet Franklin Lyceum to participate in an activity that celebrates women’s fight for civil rights and equity throughout history, and all that is to come for women’s achievement. The future is female, and we want to hear your hopes for our future! With Museum admission; Members...

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Emerson-Thoreau Amble Walking Tour

May 22

Celebrate Emerson’s birthday and follow the footsteps of writers Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau! Enjoy the spring weather and learn about the friendship of two notable observers of nature from a museum interpreter. 1-mile walk, mostly flat terrain, rain or shine. Meet at the Concord Museum. Members $5; Non-members $15. Includes Same-day admission...

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Emerson and Concord: America Discovers Idealism

May 25

Join the Concord Museum and the Ralph Waldo Emerson Memorial Association for the first annual Robert D. Richardson III Lecture to mark Emerson’s birthday featuring author and philosopher, Richard Geldard.  Dr. Geldard, the author of a number of studies of Emerson, will provide opening remarks and then engage in a conversation with Concord Museum Director,...

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Telling Women’s Stories: StoryCorp DIY

May 29

Tell a story about a woman in your life; tell a story with a woman in your life.  Participate in the Museum’s oral history program recording stories about the important women in our lives.  The recordings will become part of the StoryCorps Archive through the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, preserving your...

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Women in Our Future: Drop-In Family Program

May 29

Every Saturday in May, stop by the Churchill and Janet Franklin Lyceum to participate in an activity that celebrates women’s fight for civil rights and equity throughout history, and all that is to come for women’s achievement. The future is female, and we want to hear your hopes for our future! With Museum admission; Members...

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The Letters of Ellen Garrison

June 01

Ellen Garrison, the daughter and granddaughter of men who had been enslaved, spent her life educating newly freed people and fighting for their civil rights. Born and raised in Concord, she followed in her mother’s footsteps as an antislavery activist. After the Civil War, Ellen taught newly freed people during Reconstruction and tested the nation’s...

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Outdoor Film Screening: Little Women

June 10

The Concord Museum and the Orchard House celebrate Louisa May Alcott and the film adaptation of her famous novel Little Women! Bring the whole family for an outdoor movie under the stars on the Museum lawn. Pre-film activities begin at 7:00 p.m.  Come with your blankets, chairs, snacks, and an intrepid spirit and participate in...

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Outdoor Film Screening: Harriet

June 17

The Robbins House partners with the Concord Museum in a screening of Harriet on the eve of Juneteenth to celebrate and continue the conversation raised by Harriet Tubman’s life.  This award-winning Own Voices film directed by Kasi Lemmons and starring Cynthia Erivo expands our understanding of this well-known, and almost mythical, figure and puts her...

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Antislavery Walking Tour

June 19

19th century Concord was teaming 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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Virtual Garden Tour

June 25

Explore Concord’s gorgeous formal gardens and rambling country landscapes without leaving home! Presented by The Guild of Volunteers is pleased to present the 32nd Annual Garden Tour as an exciting virtual experience featuring six spectacular gardens.  The six-episode series will be released the weekend of June 25, with the opportunity for registrants to watch the...

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Virtual Garden Tour

June 26

Explore Concord’s gorgeous formal gardens and rambling country landscapes without leaving home! Presented by The Guild of Volunteers is pleased to present the 32nd Annual Garden Tour as an exciting virtual experience featuring six spectacular gardens.  The six-episode series will be released the weekend of June 25, with the opportunity for registrants to watch the...

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Virtual Garden Tour

June 27

Explore Concord’s gorgeous formal gardens and rambling country landscapes without leaving home! Presented by The Guild of Volunteers is pleased to present the 32nd Annual Garden Tour as an exciting virtual experience featuring six spectacular gardens.  The six-episode series will be released the weekend of June 25, with the opportunity for registrants to watch the...

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Concord Museum Virtual Course

July 28

Decorative Arts Sampler Join us for an introductory, five-week study of decorative arts made or used in New England from the colonial era until the early twentieth century. Designed to appeal to individuals interested in antiques, craftsmanship, and/or history, the course centers on the Concord Museum’s vast collection of decorative arts. The course includes an...

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Concord Museum Virtual Course

August 04

Decorative Arts Sampler Join us for an introductory, five-week study of decorative arts made or used in New England from the colonial era until the early twentieth century. Designed to appeal to individuals interested in antiques, craftsmanship, and/or history, the course centers on the Concord Museum’s vast collection of decorative arts. The course includes an...

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Concord Museum Virtual Course

August 11

Decorative Arts Sampler Join us for an introductory, five-week study of decorative arts made or used in New England from the colonial era until the early twentieth century. Designed to appeal to individuals interested in antiques, craftsmanship, and/or history, the course centers on the Concord Museum’s vast collection of decorative arts. The course includes an...

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Concord Museum Virtual Course

August 18

Decorative Arts Sampler Join us for an introductory, five-week study of decorative arts made or used in New England from the colonial era until the early twentieth century. Designed to appeal to individuals interested in antiques, craftsmanship, and/or history, the course centers on the Concord Museum’s vast collection of decorative arts. The course includes an...

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Concord Museum Virtual Course

August 25

Decorative Arts Sampler Join us for an introductory, five-week study of decorative arts made or used in New England from the colonial era until the early twentieth century. Designed to appeal to individuals interested in antiques, craftsmanship, and/or history, the course centers on the Concord Museum’s vast collection of decorative arts. The course includes an...

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