The Best Workman in the Shop: William Munroe of Concord
presented in conjunction with Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture
September 13, 2013 through March 23, 2014
The Best Workman in the Shop explores William Munroe’s (1778 – 1861) life and career through the objects he made – including some of the most beautiful clocks crafted in Massachusetts, exquisitely crafted furniture and his detailed shop records. Perhaps most revealing is his 1839 autobiographical account, an incomparable archive of a Federal-era craftsman. The autobiography and numerous records from Munroe’s shop are the generous gift to the Concord Museum of William Munroe’s great, great grandchildren, Bill and Charlie Munroe.