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The Best Workman in the Shop: Cabinetmaker William Munroe of Concord

Concord cabinetmaker William Munroe helped make some of the most beautiful clocks Massachusetts ever produced. The Best Workman in the Shop explores his remarkable career through the objects he made, his detailed shop records, and his 1839 autobiographical account—an incomparable archive of a Federal-era craftsman. The grandson of Patriot activists, Munroe arrived in Concord in 1800, with a set of tools and patterns for making clock cases and $3.40 in cash. Forty years later he proudly recorded having more than $20,000 in assets, a remarkable achievement for a craftsman.
Sponsored by Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture

September 13, 2013
11:00 AM – March 23, 2014
4:00 PM
Cambridge Turnpike & Lexington Road
Concord, MA 01742
Free with Museum admission: Adults $10; Seniors (62 & over) $8; Students (18 & over with valid id) $8; Children (6-18) $5; Children (under 6) Free; Concord Museum Members Free
(978) 369-9763, ext. 216