Alive with Birds: William Brewster in Concord

Friday, March 4th, 2022 - Monday, September 5th, 2022

The Concord Museum is collaborating with Mass Audubon to present this special exhibition. The exhibition explores William Brewster’s life and legacy in Concord, featuring paintings and sculpture from the Museum of American Bird Art and ornithological artifacts from the Concord Museum, Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology, and the Chesterwood Archives at Williams College.

William Brewster (1851-1919) was Mass Audubon’s first President. He dedicated over thirty years of his life to the study of birds in Concord at his property, which he called October Farm. Drawn to Concord for its natural beauty and abundant bird life, Brewster made October Farm into an experimental field laboratory and documented its wildlife for scientific study and public enlightenment. His rich observations and analysis of the local landscape included a concern for environmental changes caused by humans. Brewster was one of the country’s earliest advocates for the protection of birds and the conservation of their habitats. In 2019, Mass Audubon received a 143-acre parcel of land which was once part of October Farm, which has been renamed Brewster’s Woods Wildlife Sanctuary.

Thu - Sun 10am - 4pm

Concord Museum
53 Cambridge Turnpike

Concord, MA

42.45762056453, -71.3421019

Alive with Birds: William Brewster in Concord