Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Join the Concord Museum to celebrate the 24th Annual Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature opening to the public on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 through Sunday, January 5, 2020. Admire 39 fancifully decorated Holiday Trees and Wreaths inspired by themes from children’s literature throughout some of the Concord Museum’s newly redesigned galleries. Children’s book author and illustrator and two-time Caldecott Honor winning artist Pamela Zagarenski will serve as this year’s Honorary Chair of Family Trees. Pamela explained, “Concord has been an integral part of my life ever since I was a very little girl. Family Trees weaves together my love of family, of Concord, and my love of the picture book in a very personal way. I hold dear what Family Trees say to our Community, especially to children. Words matter. Light matters. Art and creativity matter. Imagination matters. Dreams can come true!”
A love of books and reading is a lifelong treasure passed from adult to child, from generation to generation. The focus on children’s literature makes the Concord Museum’s Family Trees beloved among the many holiday events in Greater Boston. Each tree and wreath serves as a canvas for the creations of a dedicated team of decorators. Inspired by the storyline, the illustrations, the characters or setting of a particular book, the decorators let their imaginations take flight. From decorators, program book editors, visiting authors and beyond, Family Trees is a volunteer effort and all funds raised benefit the educational programming initiatives at the Concord Museum.
Tom Putnam, Edward W. Kane Executive Director explained, “The Concord Museum started Family Trees over 24 years ago to give a creative twist to Concord’s esteemed literary history and to share one of life’s greatest pleasures – reading to a child. Since then, we have brought over 750 children’s books to life using trees and wreaths of all shapes and sizes. Such an endeavor is made possible by the talented and dedicated volunteers who design and decorate trees and wreaths and by our generous sponsors, including our lead sponsor Barefoot Books.”
Voices from around the World Bring the Kids! Saturday, December 14, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Bindy Fleischman, Books for Young People Ambassador, and Nancy Traversy, co-founder of Barefoot Books, share books that open children’s hearts and minds to voices from around the world.
Make What You Love Bring the Kids! Sunday, December 15, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Join author Linda Booth Sweeney and illustrator Shawn Fields for a family program about the life and art of Concord sculptor Daniel Chester French from their new award winning children’s book, Monument Maker.
Author & Illustrator Day Bring the Kids! Sunday, December 15, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Meet 17 talented authors and illustrators whose books are featured in the 24th Annual Family Trees at the Concord Museum. Enjoy conversation and books for purchasing & signing, in partnership with The Concord Bookshop.
Family Trees is organized by the Concord Museum’s Guild of Volunteers. This year’s Guild Co-Chairs are Pam Nelson and Lyn Carroll.
More information about Family Trees
Admission: During this benefit event, Museum admission is $15 adults, $10 seniors, $6 children (4–18); children under 4 Free. Members Free. Events are free with admission except where indicated. Hours: The Museum is open 7 days a week, 10:00am to 4:00pm. (Closed November 28, December 24 and December 25) Location: Concord Museum is located at 53 Cambridge Turnpike, Concord, MA. Parking is Free. For more information www.concordmuseum.org