Events and News


Ralph Waldo Emerson House in Concord to reopen for tours
April 25th article in The Concord Journal
The Concord Journal recently featured an article on Emerson, his work, and his house in Concord. The article is available online as well as in print.

New at the Emerson House Bookstore

Carleton Watkins, Making the West America by Tyler Green
A biography of nineteenth-century photographer Carleton Watkins. We have two of Watkins’ photographs in the Emerson House (and recognized in Green’s biography). Reviewer David D’Arcy of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote “…the book is convincing in its central argument, relating the sublimity of Watkin’s photography to American Transcendentalism, particularly the poetry of Emerson. Ultimately, the book makes a strong case for photography as the first and most American art: much like Watkin’s work.”

Solid Seasons by Jeffrey S. Cramer
The book connects the friendship between Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson. The Christian Science Monitor reviewer Bob Blaisdell recently wrote, “Jeffrey S. Cramer describes how, as in all long friendships, the pair had their sunny and overcast days as well as periods of revelation and frustration…Each helped the other see himself – both strengths and limitations – more clearly.” Additionally, The Concord Journal recently covered the book and the article is available online.

Past Events

Emerson in His Library
April 6, 2019; 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Colonial Inn, Concord Center, Main Dining Room
$25, includes full breakfast. Reservations required, by sending a check made out to The Friends of Sleepy Hollow for $25 for each reservation and send to The Friends of Sleepy Hollow, P.O. Box 313, Concord, MA 01742

Speaker: David Wood, Curator of the Concord Museum. David’s topic will bring guests into the inner sanctum of this world-famous poet, essayist and speaker who lived in Concord and spent his writing, thinking and conversing hours in his beloved study. The Museum has recently catalogued all the objects in Emerson’s study and David will share highlights of particular Emerson possessions, interwoven with the literary, philosophical, and courageous people who spent time with him in the study.

Monument Man: The Life and Art of Daniel Chester French
March 6, 2019; 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Concord Museum; Churchill and Janet Franklin Lyceum in the Rasmussen Education Center
$5.00 for members, $10 for non-members

Speaker: Harold Holzer, one of the leading historians of Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era, explores the long life and dramatic artistic career of pre-eminent American sculptor Daniel Chester French, whose statue for the Lincoln Memorial is arguably the nation’s most iconic statue.