Winters in New England can be cold - but imagine the plight of Concordians in 1816, the 'year without a summer.' Read about the volcanic eruption of Mount Tambora and the ripple effect it had around the world - reaching as far as Concord, Massachusetts where summer began with a snowstorm on June 6, 1816.
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What do Henry David Thoreau, Celtic folklore, and a half-crazed entrepreneur hell-bend on bringing ice to the far shores of tropical islands in the early 1800s have in common? Find out in this intriguing article about Frederic Tudor and his frozen quest - with touch points through Concord that will surprise you.
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The legendary Dr. Jane Goodall came to the Thoreau Gathering in Concord, Massachusetts in 2022 to receive the Thoreau Prize for Literary Excellence in Nature Writing. Discover Concord was deeply honored to speak with her about her inspirational accomplishments in the study, understanding, and protection of non-human animals, nature, and our planet. Read about her amazing message of hope in this feature article.
Meet legendary Don Henley, founding member of the legendary band The Eagles and passionate conservationist. Learn what moved this dynamic man to help protect Walden Woods and the legacy of Henry David Thoreau.
Share a moment with beloved American Presidential Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin in this intimate interview at her Concord home. She enchants us with the fascinating life that she and her husband Dick Goodwin shared - and explains why Concord's "living history" inspires her work.
The fiery sermons of the Reverend William Emerson helped push Concordians to take up arms against the British regulars - earning him the title of "A Very Bad Subject of the Crown."
Concord is home to many women who helped shape our nation's history. Here we share the amazing stories of Sara Ripley, Sophia Peabody Hawthorne, Helen Louisa Thoreau, and Lydia Jackson Emerson.
Concord's hidden architectural gem is a collection of mid-century homes. Learn about architects Marvin Goody, John Clancy, Carl Koch, William Berkes, and Robert Brownell - who introduced this unique style to Concord.
Elizabeth Peabody was a fascinating woman. She founded a publishing house and was a friend to the Transcendentalists. But she was unlucky in love - losing a beau not once, but twice, to her more fortunate sisters.
Concord, Massachusetts is home of the "Shot Heard 'Round the World" and the beginning of the American Revolution. Literary legends Louisa May Alcott, Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Nathanial Hawthorne all made their home here. You can still visit the places that inspired so much of our country's history. Discover Concord will guide you to the fascinating history of this first inland settlement in New England. You'll also learn about the current people, places, and events that make Concord a great place to explore. Discover living history, national parks and hiking trails, charming shops and restaurants, gracious inns, and lots of family friendly things to see and do - all in the pages of this award-winning magazine.