Teacher Resources

Online Exhibitions and Lesson Plans

Online Exhibition and Lesson Plans Early Spring: Henry Thoreau and Climate Change

Visit this online exhibition bringing science and history together to learn about Henry David Thoreau’s impact on climate change science today. Visit here.

Online Exhibition and Lesson Plan Thomas Dugan: An African American Life in 1820s Concord

This exhibition explores the life of Thomas Dugan, an African American who lived in Concord in the early 1800s. Visit here.

Online Exhibition and Lesson Plans The Shot Heard ‘Round the World: April 19, 1775

Discover the story of April 19, 1775, the Battles of Lexington and Concord, and the beginnings of the American Revolution. Visit here.

The Collection

The Concord Museum has over 35,000 objects in our collections, spanning 10,000 years. Learn more.

The Henry David Thoreau Collection

Visit our searchable database of the Museum’s Thoreau collection – the world’s largest collection of objects related to Henry David Thoreau including the bed, desk, and chair from Walden Pond. Explore the collection.

Revolutionary Traveling Trunk

Have the Revolution travel to you! Borrow a trunk filled with reproduction primary source artifacts and documents that travel to your classroom to make your Revolutionary unit come alive. Along with touchable objects, the trunk includes directions to set up stations in your classroom and worksheets for students to use. This trunk allows the richness of the Concord Museum’s collection to come to your classroom as you study the events surrounding April 19, 1775. Pick up at the Museum or shipping available.

Download booking sheet
Traveling Trunk Guidelines
Traveling Trunk Teacher Manual

teacher workshopsTeacher Workshops

The Museum partners with other local institutions and schools to participate in grant-funded teacher workshops which provide a forum for sharing ideas, techniques, and scholarship that enrich both the teaching and museum professional.Contact Suzi
Fonda, Director of Education and Public Programs at (978) 369-9763, ext.
218 or sfonda@concordmuseum.org

Massachusetts Teachers Association Members

Active members of the Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA), with a valid MTA membership card, receive free regular admission to the Concord Museum.

Special Exhibition Opportunities

Special exhibitions provide the opportunity to develop new curricula, online teacher resources, and educational collaborations. See our list of upcoming exhibitions.

Book Recommendations

Looking for more on Concord’s history?  Here are few books to get you started:

  • An Observant Eye: The Thoreau Collection at the Concord Museum. David F. Wood.  Concord: Concord Museum, 2006.
  • Paul Revere’s Ride. David Hackett Fischer. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994.
  • The Minutemen and their World. Robert Gross. New York: Hill and Wang, 1976, reprinted 2001.
  • The People of Concord: One Year in the Flowering of New England (1846). Paul Brooks.  Chester, CT: Globe Pequot Press, 1990.