Our popular Concord Town History & Guide Training starts next week!
In this course, you’ll meet the men and women who made Concord the birthplace of American independence and imagination. You’ll learn their stories, visit the places where they made their mark, and examine objects they used and documents they wrote. If you want to learn about these remarkable people, and the town that Thoreau called “most estimable place in all the world,” this course is right for you. If you’d like to share Concord’s stories with visitors as a licensed tour guide, this course will prepare you with a wealth of information as well as techniques for interpreting cultural history to provide an engaging visitor experience.
Topics will include:
• How Musketaquid became Concord: The native community and the English colony (1700 and before)
• The Colonists’ world, and the emerging conflict with England (1700-1774)
• Revolution in our backyard (1775)
• America finds its voice in Concord (1770s-1830s)
• Radical ideas, radical acts: Transcendentalists, abolitionists, and Civil War (1840s-1860s)
• Preserving the land and its stories (1860s-present)
• Interpretation techniques
We will meet for seven Monday-evening classes in the Rasmussen Education Center at the Concord Museum, beginning February 25. The course will also include a site visit to Special Collections at the Concord Free Public Library on Saturday, March 23, and an afternoon field session on Saturday, April 5. Students applying for the Town Tour Guide license must complete and pass an exam on Concord History and the essentials of guiding. A primary text for the course is Historic Concord (included in fee). This will be supplemented with additional readings, archival material, audio-visuals, and more.
Click here to register or call 978-318-1432 today!
We are thrilled to have Victor Curran teach this year! Victor Curran is an interpreter at the Concord Museum and The Old Manse, sharing the stories of these places and their historic contents with adult visitors and student groups. He leads walking tours of Concord’s Revolutionary, Transcendentalist, and Abolitionist sites for the Concord Museum and Concord Tour Company, and he is a past president of the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.
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