Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature, now in its 18th year, gives Concord’s renowned literary tradition a creative twist. From November 27 – January 1, the Museum’s galleries are filled with 38 fanciful trees of all shapes and sizes, decorated with original ornaments inspired by acclaimed children’s storybooks and contemporary picture book favorites.
The exhibition’s focus on children’s literature makes Family Trees unique among the many holiday events in Greater Boston. Each tree serves as a canvas for the artistic creations of a dedicated team of volunteer decorators. Inspired by the storyline, the illustrations, the characters or setting of a particular book, the decorators let their imaginations take flight, much to the delight of visitors of all ages from all over New England.
This year’s honorary chair, Danielle Hill Greendeer, is the author of Keepunumuk: Weeâchumun’s Thanksgiving Story. “It’s important for indigenous children to see themselves and their culture represented within literature,” Greendeer shared. “I wrote Keepunumuk so my own children and all Wampanoag children will know they are loved, seen and heard. Their voices matter.”
Proceeds from Family Trees, organized by the Museum’s Guild of Volunteers, benefit the Concord Museum’s education initiatives.
During this benefit event, admission is $15 adults, $10 seniors, $6 children (4–18); children under 4 and Members Free. Family Trees admission includes all of the Museum galleries and special exhibitions.