Calling all Patriots!
(CONCORD, MA. November 8, 2017) The Concord Museum is in the final stretch of the landmark $13 million capital and endowment campaign to expand and enhance the Museum’s facilities with the building of a new Education Center and renovations to the Museum.
“The Concord Museum invites Concordians and other friends – believers in freedom and democracy, environmentalists, advocates for education and culture, and otherwise revolutionaries – to join with your neighbors and friends in supporting the final $1M stretch of the Campaign for the Concord Museum. Just as every Minuteman stood together on April 19, 1775 in powerful unity and to a common end, every gift to the Campaign ensures that the Museum will reach its goal. In honor of the Concord Patriots, we seek 175 gifts of $1,775.00,” explained Churchill Franklin, President of the Concord Museum’s Board of Governors and Chair of the Campaign for the Concord Museum.
The Concord Museum currently serves more than 12,000 school children each year, including many free-of-charge through the Paul Revere’s Ride Fund. The Museum’s school and public programs have doubled over the past six years, stretching its physical spaces well beyond capacity. A new 12,900 square foot Education Center with modern classrooms and a large Community Lyceum meeting hall will enable the Museum to expand its educational offerings and better collaborate with local organizations. The signature new History Learning Center will create opportunities for innovative learning directly from objects, supporting the Museum’s role as a recognized leader in history education.
World-renowned historian, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, and Honorary Campaign Chair Doris Kearns Goodwin explained, “As a longtime resident of Concord, I love that our town has an important place in the nation’s history. The Concord Museum is a vital educational and cultural resource, and I applaud the work it’s doing to preserve Concord’s rich history and share it with the world. The Museum, like the town, is a national treasure. Only by understanding the past will we be able to build a better future, and it’s that commitment to future generations that is at the heart of Campaign for the Concord Museum.”
Margaret Burke, Executive Director of the Concord Museum, explained, “In just over two years, donors to the Revolution: The Campaign for the Concord Museum have contributed $12 million – 92% – toward the goal of $13 million. If you have already made a gift or pledge to the Concord Museum, we extend our deepest thanks. If not, please consider doing so now. Your contribution of $1,775 — or any amount — is greatly appreciated and will make a real difference.”
A special Campaign for the Concord Museum display with a model of the new building is currently on view at the Museum, and visitors are invited to make a contribution. To learn more or make a gift online, please visit concordmuseumcampaign.org or contact Leah Giles, Director of Development, at 978-369-9763 x210.
The Concord Museum Education Center building project is underway and slated to be completed in the summer of 2018.