The Grand Opening of the Anna and Neil Rasmussen Education Center

was celebrated on Friday, November 2 through Sunday, November 4, 2018

Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Concord Minutemen played Fife and Drum and shot muskets in celebration of the Museum’s Ribbon-cutting of the Rasmussen Education Center.


We were extremely grateful to have so many distinguished people to help us with the Ribbon Cutting of Concord Museum’s Anna and Neil Rasmussen Education Center yesterday including: Senator Jamie Eldridge, Senator Mike Barrett, Tom Putnam, Executive Director of Concord Museum; Ralph Earle, President, Museum’s Board of Governors, Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, Anna and Neil Rasmussen; Churchill Franklin, Vice President Board of Governors; Margaret Burke, Executive Director Emerita; and Representative Cory Atkins. And of course elementary school students from Concord and Lowell!

Hip Hip History!!!!? Elementary school students from Lowell and Concord public schools throw their Tricorn hats in the air celebrating the Grand Opening of the Concord Museum’s Anna and Neil Rasmussen Education Center.

Our Open House continued all weekend with FREE crafts, musical performances,activities for all ages,and visits with living history interpreters!!

Janet Scudder, Educator at the Concord Museum, does a colonial cooking demonstration for fifth graders from Lowell Public schools in one of the new classrooms at the Rasmussen Education Center.

over 100 historical artifacts from the Concord Museum collection including Paul Revere’s lantern and Henry David Thoreau’s desk.

The Rasmussen Education Center Open House was an autumn feast for all ages – and for all five senses! Visitors got to see some of the highlights of the Concord Museum’s collection, listen to stories about the town’s rich history, hear performances from local musicians, smell what’s cooking over the Museum’s new reproduction hearth, and taste some of the delicious treats for sale by local businesses. They expressed creativity through a variety of hands-on activities: making a sun-catcher, writing in Revolutionary secret code, or learning about weaving fabric from a local artist. 

 The Grand Opening weekend celebrations were FREE, and were made possible through the generous support of Middlesex Savings Bank.

"We invite the entire Concord community and residents of Middlesex and neighboring counties to join us in this historic celebration," stated Tom Putnam, Edward W. Kane Executive Director.
"The Rasmussen Education Center will not only transform the manner in which the museum engages with students and families but will cement the Concord Museum's reputation as a national leader in history education. The public is invited to tour the new building which contains a History Learning Center to facilitate learning directly with historical objects, three classrooms, and the Community Lyceum - a large meeting hall that will host Museum programs as well as meetings with other community groups.

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