The William Special Collections is honored to host a series of on-site and virtual programs in 2023 in celebration of the Library's 150th anniversary. In case you missed any of the recent events or would like to enjoy seeing them again, we invite you to view them below. 

Upcoming Programs:

  • Film Premiere: “Ralph Waldo Emerson: Give All to Love” – A New Film by Michael MaglarasSaturday, September 30, 2023, 2:00 - 4:30 p.m., Goodwin Forum, Main Library - Michael Maglaras and his Executive Producer and artistic partner Terri Templeton are known for their “essays in film” on the subject of the great cultural heritage of America. Written, narrated, and directed by Michael Maglaras, Give All to Love is less a documentary… and more a history of the personal discovery of the deep importance of Emerson’s writing and thinking and his example of a life well lived. Give All to Love, filmed in and around Concord, including, over two days, at the Emerson House, will provide a new and deeply personal perspective on Emerson, his writing, his life, and his importance to contemporary life. [Register for the Event]

  • March 24 - September 4, 2023 - A Perpetual Invitation: 150 Years of Art at the Concord Free Public Library is on view at the Concord Museum. Curators from the Library's William Munroe Special Collections will lead exhibition tours at 12:00 p.m. on July 14, and August 18. Please visit the Concord Museum's website for more information. 

Sponsored by the Concord Free Public Library Corporation. 

Celebrating Ralph Waldo Emerson: Filmmaker Michael Maglaras and Writer James Marcus in Conversation

Celebrating Ralph Waldo Emerson: Filmmaker Michael Maglaras and Writer James Marcus in Conversation was held on June 22, 2023. 

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Mr. Agassiz's Puzzle-Box: What To Do With 19th-Century Science Today

Mr. Agassiz's Puzzle-Box: What To Do With 19th-Century Science Today was presented by Prof. Irmscher on June 8, 2023.  [Watch Video]

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May Alcott and the Town of Concord: The Making of an Artist

May Alcott and the Town of Concord: The Making of an Artist was presented by Prof. Daniel Shealy on May 17, 2023 in the Goodwin Forum of the Main Library. [Watch Video]

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Joel Myerson Annual Lecture Series: "After Lives: Bringing Una Hawthorne Home,"

The first author talk of the Joel Myerson Annual Lecture Series: "After Lives: Bringing Una Hawthorne Home," was presented by Prof. Megan Marshall on April 27, 2023 in the Goodwin Forum of the Main Library. [Watch Video]

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Daniel Chester French: The Process of Sculpting

Daniel Chester French: The Process of Sculpting was presented by Robert Shure via Zoom on March 2, 2023. [Watch Video]

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