Field Trip Friday — Concord Museum

After leaving Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, we drove down the road to the Concord Museum.

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We debated long and hard about what to see and what to leave for next time. There is a possibility that we will be leaving New York at the end of the summer so we knew there might not be a next time. Our options were the Concord Museum, Louisa May Alcott’s home, Hawthorne’s home and the Minuteman Museum. We decided the Concord Museum would be the most interesting to the most people (namely, the girls and the boys were likely to find things they liked).

The first thing we saw was a replica of Henry David Thoreau’s cabin he built on Walden Pond.

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The kids were in a good mood as we headed in.

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We got our tickets and the curator challenged the children to a scavenger hunt. They each had a piece of paper with 16 things to locate in the museum. The most exciting thing (to me!) we found was one of the two lanterns used to signal Paul Revere to make his famous ride.

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They had a room set up to mimic Emerson’s study with all of the original furniture and furnishings:

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Kenny was fascinated by this Victorian-style dining room. Personally, I find the wallpaper a bit suffocating…

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Upstairs has a wonderful seasonal Thoreau display. They even had some of his original journals and his writing desk. No pictures were allowed in this area — even without flash. I got so excited looking at his journal, though, and asked the curator if she’d ever heard of the English educator, Charlotte Mason. Thoreau and Mason were on the same wavelength! His journals reminded me very much of her Book of Firsts. The curator had not heard of Mason but she did tell me something I didn’t know. Thoreau is pronounced like thorough (i.e. — I’ll make a thorough examination of the facts.)

I could have stayed longer looking around at the Thoreau display. I’m super excited to learn more about him and his works now that I’ve seen this similarity to Mason. Jesse, however, is a two year old and was on day three of trying to be super good in public. He’d had about enough and wanted no more of the stroller. Since it wasn’t prudent to let a grumpy two year old loose in a historic museum, we opted to head out for lunch. I did manage a quick run through of the gift shop ;), and found this lovely little bird as a reminder of our trip:

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Of course, I couldn’t help but style it with my vintage Burgess books!

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I think all the kids (except maybe Jesse!) had a great time and learned a lot!

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