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  • November 27, 2013 - January 01, 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)

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.

Join us at the Concord Museum this Holiday Season for a fun-filled calendar of Special Family Tree Programs - Bring the Kids!

Thanksgiving Weekend Crafts  •  Friday, November 29 and Saturday, November 30 - Bring the Kids!

Visiting Family Trees this Thanksgiving weekend? Get crafty with your family with special projects related to this year's children's books. 11:00-3:00; free with Family Trees admission, Members free.

Author/Illustrator Day  •  Saturday, December 8 - Bring the Kids!

Meet some of the wonderfully talented authors and illustrators whose books inspired Family Treesincluding Ed Emberley, Rebecca Emberley, Bill Harley, Jane Kohuth, Wendell Minor, Ilse Plume, and Matt Taveras. 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 FamilyTrees admission, Members free.

For a complete schedule of appearances, please visit concordmuseum.org.

Morning with Santa  •  Saturday, December 14 - Bring the Kids!

Enjoy a delightful visit with Santa as well as a number of engaging seasonal activities. This year Barefoot Books of Concord will be joining in the craft activities!  Santa: 10:00 - 12:00; Crafts: 10:00 - 1:00; reserve early as space is limited.  Members: $25 child, accompanying adults free; Nonmembers: $25 child; $10 adults.

Meet Classic Picture Book Character  •  Saturday and Sunday, December 21 & 22 - Bring the Kids!

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. 

Museum Hours:  Monday - Saturday 9:00 - 5:00, Sunday 12:00 - 5:00.  The Museum will be closed all day on Christmas Day and at 1:00 on Christmas Eve.  The Museum will be open on New Year's Day, January 1 from 9:00 - 5:00. 

Family Trees Admission: 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 the special exhibitions.

The Concord Museum is easily accessible from Route 495 or Route 128 and Route 2 and is located at the intersection of Lexington Road and Cambridge Turnpike, ¼ mile east of Concord Center.  The Museum's entrance is on Cambridge Turnpike; parking is free.  The Museum is wheelchair accessible. 

For further information contact the ConcordMuseum at (978) 369-9609 (Taped information); (978) 369-9763 (Reservations); E-mail: cm1@concordmuseum.org; concordmuseum.org  

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