Family Trees: A Celebration of
November 23, 2016 - January 2, 2017
Jerry Pinkney will be Honorary Chair for Concord Museum's Family Trees
The Concord Museum is pleased to announce that renowned children's book illustrator Jerry Pinkney will serve as this year's Honorary Chair of the exhibition. Mr. Pinkney has illustrated over 100 titles since beginning his career in 1964 and is the recipient of the Caldecott Medal and five Caldecott Honors for children's literature.
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 more than 30 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.
Most of the books featured in this year's Family Trees can be purchased at the Museum Shop!
Click here for a complete listing of all the featured books.
Family Trees Thanksgiving Weekend Crafts
November 25 & November 26, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Get crafty with your family with special projects related to this year’s Family Trees children’s books. Free with Family Trees admission, Members Free.
December 2, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Enjoy an evening with signature cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and a visit to the 21st annual Family Trees.
Organized by the Guild of Volunteers. Reservations required.
Author & Illustrator Day
December 4, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Meet some of the accomplished authors and illustrators whose books are featured in Family Trees, including Linda Booth Sweeney, Liza Gardner Walsh, Hazel Mitchell, David A. Kelly, Heather Lang, Deborah A. Locke, Richard Michelson, Ilse Plume, Barbara Purchia, E. Ashley Rooney, Heidi Stemple, Melissa Sweet, and Jane Yolen. Explore the trees decorated throughout the Museum galleries, and visit with authors and illustrators as they sign your books. Books are available for purchase in the Museum Shop. Free with Family Trees admission, Members free.
Morning with Santa
December 10, 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! Members: $25 child, accompanying adults free; Non-Members: $25 child, $10 adults; Reservations required.
Jerry Pinkney: Imaginings
December 17, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Join Jerry Pinkney, Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator and Honorary Chair of Family Trees, for a program about his art and career. A book signing follows the presentation. Books available for sale. Free, but reservations required.
Costumed Character Days
December 17 & 18, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Meet laurie Keller's Arnie the Doughnut and join him on his excellent adventures. Free with Family Trees admission, Members free.