Concord Town History Town Guide Training Offered
We are surrounded by the past in Concord. In this course we will learn to see it all around us. As we learn about Concord's hisotry, we also learn about how this history has shaped the presnt. This course is for all local citizens who want to know about this "estimable place" we call home.
This course, central to Town Guide training since 1904, provides a wealth of informatino about Concord aqnd its place in American history. In addition to town history, the course will aolso cover the techniques of interpreting cultural history to an audience. Our topics include:
Pre-Contact to 1700: Living with the Land
1700-1775: The Colonial Community
1775-1835: Shots heard Around the World
1833-1860: The World of the Writers
1860-1900: Challenges & Chanes - Civil War to 1900
1900-present: Community and Memory. Then & Now
The class inlcudes a library session on Saturday, March 17, 8:30 to 10 a.m., and a field session with a Sleepy Hollow walk on Sunday, April 1 from 1 to 5 p.m., Those applying for a Town Guide license must complete this course and pass an exam on Concord history and the essentials of guiding. A primary text for the course is Anne Forbes' Narrative Histories of Concord and West Concord (included for a fee.) This will be supplemented with additinoal readings, archival material, audio-visuals and more.
Jayne Gordon has taught the Concord History course for many years. She has worked as a staff member or consultant for most of the historical organizations and is curently the Director of Education and Public Programs for the Massachusetts Historical Society.
Jayne will be joined for one class by Sarah Blodgett, Concord native and consultant, heritage interpreter and trainer. She is past presidnet of the National Association for Interpretation.
The couse meets 8 Mondays from Feb. 27 through April 14 7 to 9:30 p.m., at CCHS the cost is $160. It is part of the Community Education programs Call 978-318-1432 to sign up. www.ace.colonial.net.