Family Trees: A Celebration of
s Literature 

November 27, 2013 - January 1, 2014

A love of books and reading is a lifelong treasure passed from adult to child, from generation to generation. Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature at the Concord Museum in historic Concord, Massachusetts gives Concord’s renowned literary tradition a creative twist.  During the holiday season, 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. 

Click here for the 2013 Family Trees booklist (PDF). All of the books featured in this year's Family Trees can be purchased at the Museum Shop!

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. The Museum is open Monday-Saturday from 9:00 - 5:00 and Sunday from 12:00 - 5:00; the Museum will close at 1:00 on December 24 and will be closed all day December 25.

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Related Programs

Story Hour at Barefoot Books
Friday, December 6 and Friday, December 20, 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Join the Concord Museum for Story Hour at the Barefoot Books Studio in Concord (89 Main Street). Appropriate for all ages; free. 

The Fête
Friday, December 6, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

The Guild of Volunteers of the Concord Museum cordially invites you to The Fête. Enjoy an evening with signature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a visit to the 18th annual Family Trees: A Celebration of Children's Literature. Join members and friends at this popular, festive annual event that kicks off the holiday season.

Holiday House Tour
Saturday, December 7, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

On the third annual Holiday House Tour, seven of Concord’s most beautiful private homes will be professionally decorated in the holiday spirit by local and well-known interior designers. From 11:00-4:00, guests will tour ground floor rooms in the homes with each house decorated in a different holiday theme. Click here for more information.

An Afternoon with Authors and Illustrators
Sunday, December 8, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Meet some of the esteemed authors and illustrators whose books are featured in Family Trees, including Micha Archer, Ed Emberley, Rebecca Emberley, Bill Harley, Jane Kohuth, Wendell Minor, Ilse Plume, and Matt Tavares. Stroll through the galleries to enjoy the trees and visit with authors and illustrators as they sign your books. Books are available for purchase in the Museum Shop. 1:00-4:00 p.m.; free with Family Trees admission, Members free.

Morning with Santa

Saturday, December 14, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Don’t miss Santa’s stop at the Concord Museum.  Enjoy a delightful visit and photo with Santa, as well as a number of engaging seasonal crafts and activities including face painting, treasure hunts, cookie decorating, letters to Santa, and more.  Organized by the Guild of  Volunteers, this event has a long tradition with Concord Museum families.  Some who attended as children are now bringing their children to Morning with Santa! 10:00-12:30; reserve early as space is limited.  Members: $25 child, accompanying adults free; Non-Members: $25 child; $10 adults. 

Costume Character
Saturday and Sunday, December 21 and 22

Meet Ian Falconer’s delightful Olivia the Pig­! This life-size costume character welcomes you at 1:30 and 2:30. Included free with Family Trees admission, Members free.