Family Trees: A Celebration of
November 26, 2014 - January 4, 2015
“Inspiring creativity is my mission, so it took a millisecond to say ‘yes’ when asked to be this year’s Honorary Chair of Family Trees at the Concord Museum. Each tree ‘connects the dots’ between children’s books, art, literacy, and families. A powerful combination. So, gather around these trees and be inspired to make your own mark. See where it takes you.”
~ Peter H. Reynolds, Honorary Chair, Family Trees 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 a full list of books for Family Trees 2014.
Most 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 November 27 and December 25.
The Concord Museum is partnering with Cradles to Crayons during Family Trees 2014. New pajamas for ages 0-12 may be dropped off at the Museum in a donation box next to the Pajamas of My Dreams tree. Please click here to learn more about the donation guidelines.
Thanksgiving Weekend Crafts
Friday and Saturday, November 28 and 29
Visiting Family Trees this Thanksgiving weekend? Get crafty with your family with special projects related to this year’s children’s books. 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.; free with Family Trees admission, Members free.
Friday, December 5, 6:00 - 8:00 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 19th annual Family Trees. Join members and friends at this popular, festive annual event that kicks off the holiday season. Purchase tickets online.
Holiday House Tour
Saturday, December 6, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
On the 4th Annual Holiday House Tour, eight of Concord’s most beautiful private homes will be professionally decorated in the holiday spirit by local and well-known interior designers. From 10:00-4:00, 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 7, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Meet some of the esteemed authors and illustrators whose books are featured in Family Trees, including Honorary Chair Peter H. Reynolds, Suzy Becker, Elise Broach, Josh Chalmers, Laurie Collins, Mary Newell DePalma, Margie Florini, Sara Hoagland Hunter, Scott Magoon, Salley Mavor, Julie Miner, Ilse Plume, and Pamela Zagarenski. 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 13, 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: online or by calling (978) 369-9763, ext. 216. Members: $25 child, accompanying adults free; Non-Members: $25 child; $10 adults.
Saturday and Sunday, December 20 and 21
Meet Dorothy Kunhardt’s beloved bunny from Pat the Bunny! This larger-than-life costume character welcomes you at 1:30 and 2:30. Included free with Family Trees admission, Members free.