2018 marks the 23rd year of the Concord Museum’s award-winning Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature, organized by the Guild of Volunteers with Patty Flint and Pam Nelson as co-chairs. This fall, the Museum will be celebrating the opening of a new Education Center designed by the Boston architectural firm designLAB and we are pleased that the Family Trees tradition will continue in this beautiful new building.
Visitors to Family Trees will be welcomed by outdoor trees in the new courtyard and orchard. Then, in the new welcome area and in three purpose-built classrooms, trees and wreaths will share the space with specially-installed classroom galleries housing some of the Museum’s renowned collection of historical artifacts. Finally, the spacious new community Lyceum will be literally a forest of trees large and small. All will be decorated as visitors have come to expect with whimsical ornaments that bring to life classic and contemporary children’s books.
This year’s Honorary Chair for Family Trees is the celebrated Melissa Sweet, who has illustrated nearly 100 children’s books from board books to picture books and nonfiction titles. She has received two Caldecott Honor Medals and two New York Times Best Illustrated citations, and will be in attendance at the December 9th Author and Illustrator Day.