A historic day comes to life at the Concord Museum

The Concord Museum has not let the ongoing pandemic get in the way of its planning, exhibition and programming endeavors. And November promises to be particularly exciting and busy.

Stone wall expert Robert Thorson speaks virtually next week at the Concord Museum.COURTESY CONCORD MUSEUM

First, an interesting discussion on the stone walls of Concord with geologist and expert Robert Thorson on Wednesday, November 4 from 7-8 p.m. He will talk about the history of Concord’s signature, but often forgotten, relief stone walls in a Concord museum. Virtual discussion forum. It’s free but register in advance at www.concordmuseum.org. Attendees will be emailed a link to watch the program live.

The following week, on Thursday, November 12, the museum opens three new permanent galleries chronicling the events of April 19, 1775 and their revolutionary effect on American history.

The story of the Battle of Concord’s North Bridge is often told. But these new galleries bring it to life in a dramatic, new and more inclusive way, recounting the fateful moments when the first shots were fired and the American Revolution began.

Amos Barrett’s powder horn, used in the Battle of North Bridge on April 19, 1775, will be displayed in a new gallery at the Concord Museum.COURTESY CONCORD MUSEUM

“The new exhibit marries the museum’s iconic artifacts (of that day) with a multidimensional narrative to the foundational story as it has never been told before,” said Ralph Earle, chairman of the museum’s board of trustees. .

Executive Director Tom Putnam notes that “this achievement is perhaps the most remarkable in the lifetime of our exhibition history”.

A major focal point of the new galleries, designed by Amaze Design, is a 12ft by 7ft map that comes to life to provide an overview of the events of this iconic day. Created by Richard Lewis Media Group, the map allows visitors to see the two lit lanterns in Boston’s Old North Church, then watch the next 24 hours of history unfold in six minutes.

British regulars march, alarm runners spread the word, and towns along their routes light up. Gunfire crackles, smoke rises, and provincial Minutemen troops rush into battle from across the area. Text and infographics tell the story, helping viewers understand its meaning, while the sounds of battle echo through the gallery.

A comprehensive collection of artifacts from the iconic day are assembled and serve as an eyewitness to this story. Among them are the eight-day clock that ticked the hours in Lexington’s Buckman’s Tavern as the town’s militia assembled on the nearby Common, and the powder horn belonging to Amos Barrett, who wrote a living account of his experience at the North Bridge.

You can also see a sword abandoned by a British officer during the bloody return of the Regulars to Boston and – most famous of all – the only surviving lantern hanging from the belfry of the North Church to signal the alarm to horsemen, including Paul Revere, that the British were coming.

Visitors will also hear more than 10 first-person accounts from Provincials and Regulars, men and women, young and old about what people really experienced that day. Also intertwined is information about people of color, both enslaved and free.

Two themed galleries, ending the main dynamic experience, showcase the situation in Concord that precipitated the bloody battle and how the city has commemorated the historic events 100 years later, including a scaled-down replica of the “Concord” sculpture Minute Man of 1775″ by Daniel Chester French. .

The museum honors America’s first veterans with a preview and free admission (with advance registration for timed tickets) to all active military personnel, veterans and their families on Wednesday, November 11, Veterans Day.

Visit www.concordmuseum.org for advanced and timed tickets required and safety information.

Gallery Notes

Artist Tom Christiano’s whimsical animal pastels are on display at Lowell’s Z Gallery.

NEW ARTIST AT GALERIE Z: Tom Christiano is well known for his strong support for Chelmsford on two active Facebook sites and programs on the Chelmsford Cable TV Network. But Christiano is also a prolific and talented artist who creates images that primarily reflect the natural world, colorful animals and birds. He recently became affiliated as Artist in Residence with Gallery Z, 167 Market St., Lowell, where his original pastels are displayed and for sale. Christiano’s paintings are filled with expressive strokes, vivid colors and heartfelt emotions. He studied art at DeCordova Museum School in Lincoln and other schools and colleges including Harvard University Extension School in Cambridge and Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. Gallery Z is currently open Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. His cafe closes at 3 p.m. Visit www.tomchristiano.com to see his art and learn more about him.

‘Widdicombe Graveyard’ at the Worcester Art MuseumCOURTESY WORCESTER ART MUSEUM

SPOOKS AT WAM: Before you say goodbye to October howling season, check out this month’s ‘WAM updates’ on the Worcester Art Museum website. The detailed entry examines the spooky illustrations of “Widdicombe Fair” by Pamela Colman Smith. First transmitted in a popular, fanciful folksong, it was recorded in print in the late 19th century and illustrated by Smith, whose plates are in WAM’s collection of works on paper. Visit https://wamupdates.worcesterart.org/2020/10/examining-spooky-illustrations-of.html to read the intriguing story.

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