Patriot’s Day activities for families are planned at Concord Museum
Patriot's Day activities for families are planned at Concord Museum

Patriot's Day in Concord is all about commemorating the momentous events that happened here on April 19, 1775, when minutemen fired the "shot heard round the world."

On April 18, the Concord Museum opens the exhibition "The Shot Heard Round the World: April 19, 1775." It runs through September 21.

Highlights include the reuniting of 50 Revolutionary War artifacts from Arlington, Acton, Concord, Lexington, Sudbury and beyond, from both public and private collections, that have not been together since that historic day 239 years ago.

Many exciting events are planned over the opening weekend, including a large encampment of Revolutionary War soldiers on the museum's lawn beginning on Friday, April 18. On Monday, April 21, there will be fife and drum performances and throughout April Vacation Week, April 21-25, a variety of craft projects will be available for families in Brooke Hall from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Paul Revere’s famed lantern is featured in Concord Museum exhibit.
Paul Revere's famed lantern is featured in Concord Museum exhibit.

Visit or call 978-369-9763 for information.

Art picks:


  • GOOD IMPRESSIONS: The Whistler House Museum of Art, 243 Worthen St., Lowell, presents Mary Rose O'Connell: Essential Impressions on view through May 18. Included in the exhibition are portraits, figurative work, still life and landscape paintings. O'Connell is a classically trained artist, who studied with Mary Minifie, a modern master of the Boston School, a style of painting done in natural light that is influenced by the beautiful colors of the Impressionists.
    "Magnolias" by Mary Rose O’Connell at Whistler House Museum of Art
    "Magnolias" by Mary Rose O'Connell at Whistler House Museum of Art
    She maintains a studio in the Whistler House and also shows her work at the Brush Art Gallery and Studios in Lowell. She has won many awards and exhibited nationally, most recently at The National Arts Club in Gramercy Park, N.Y. Her work is in public, private and corporate collections, including the Enterprise Bank and Lowell City Hall. A reception takes place on Saturday, April 26, 2-4 p.m. 978-452-7641 or
  • FRUITLANDS TURNS 100: Fruitlands Museum, Prospect Hill Road, Harvard, opens its 100th season on Wednesday, April 16, and features two new exhibits. The Changing Landscape: Fruitlands' Living Collection, running April 19-June 8, tells the story of Fruitlands' connection to the land, using maps, historical farm implements, archaeological materials recovered from the property, plant samples and details about land management techniques practiced here. The Ehrenkranz Basket Collection, running April 19-August 10, features more than 80 antique baskets from Native people around the world. Painter Elaine Khrenkranz amassed her large collection and donated it to Fruitlands. She also donated baskets to Harvard University and the Morikami Museum in Delray Beach, Fla. Both exhibits open with receptions on Saturday, April 19, 1-3 p.m. Many events are planned this season as the museum celebrates its 100th birthday. Visit or call 978-456-3924 for information.

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