The Concord Museum is celebrating its 125th anniversary with a special exhibition entitled “Crowdsourcing a Collection”. The exhibition, which seeks to celebrate the collection of the museum and its history by telling it in the first person, features objects which have been specially chosen by 25 guest curators.
Among the guest curators are Senator John Kerry, novelist Alan Lightman, Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree Robert Coles, and many others, including citizens, teachers, historians, artists, sister institutions, and five iconic people from Concord’s past. To each the Museum asked to choose one object with personal meaning and then to explain their choice in writing or video. The result is an exhibition that tells the history of Concord through each object and through each text or video linked to it.
For example, a bundle of pencils made by William Munroe was the choice of weaver and environmentalist Rosita Corey because William Munroe lived and made his pencils in the 18th century house where she has lived her whole life.
The exhibition will be on display from the 22nd October 2011 to 18th March 2012. Visitors can vote on their favorite object.
The Concord Museum was established in 1886 and was originally called the Concord Antiquarian Society.