Concord Museum Forums - Fall 2023


Concord Museum Forums are a series of public programs designed to foster dialogue on a diverse range of historical, contemporary, and cultural topics that resonate with Concord’s history.

Many Forums are hybrid format (both in-person at the Museum and live-streamed), making them accessible to an even wider audience. Please check details on on the Concord Museum website. 

Learn more about upcoming (and recently held) programs below, and by visiting the Concord Museum's calendar pages



Upcoming Programs:


Wednesday, October 4, 2023 from 7 - 8pm - Lawrence Buell, Harvard University Professor Emeritus of American Literature, joins us for a conversation on his new book Henry David Thoreau: Thinking Disobediently.  Professor Buell details the complexities and contradictions of Thoreau’s life and work, providing necessary context to understanding a key American writer.


register for the program here

purchase Henry David Thoreau: Thinking Disobediently here






Wednesday, November 8, 2023 from 7 - 8pm - Marking the 250th anniversary of the publication of Wheatley’s collection of poetry, Professor David Waldstreicher offers a fresh and full account of the poet’s life and works in The Odyssey of Phillis Wheatley, correcting myths, reconstructing intimate friendships, and deepening our understanding of her verse and the revolutionary era.

register for the program here

purchase The Odyssey of Phillis Wheatley here




Wednesday, November 15, 2023 from 7 - 8pm - Winner of the 2023 Bancroft Prize in American History, John Sweet joins us to discuss his new book The Sewing Girl’s Tale: A Story of Crime and Consequences in Revolutionary America.  On a moonless night in the summer of 1793, a crime was committed in the back room of a New York brothel, and seventeen-year-old seamstress Lanah Sawyer did what virtually no one in US history had done before: she charged a gentleman with rape. Based on rigorous historical detective work, Professor Sweet shows how our laws and our culture were changed by a persistent young woman and the power of words 200 years ago.

register for the program here

purchase The Sewing Girl's Tale here



Books for the Concord Museum Forums are available to purchase below. You may choose to pick-up your order at the Concord Bookshop, or select Media Mail shipping ($4.99)


Henry David Thoreau: Thinking Disobediently By Lawrence Buell Cover Image
ISBN: 9780197684269
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Oxford University Press, USA - October 3rd, 2023

The Odyssey of Phillis Wheatley: A Poet's Journeys Through American Slavery and Independence By David Waldstreicher Cover Image
ISBN: 9780809098248
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 7th, 2023

The Sewing Girl's Tale: A Story of Crime and Consequences in Revolutionary America By John Wood Sweet Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250871480
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Holt Paperbacks - July 11th, 2023

The New Bicycle By Darcy Day Zoells, Darcy Day Zoells (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781605379647
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Clavis - November 7th, 2023