Each year the Friends of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery organize a breakfast featuring a guest speaker who lectures on the history of Concord and Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. These breakfasts have featured historians, authors, researchers, preservationalists, and distinguished residents.
On Saturday, April 4, 2020, The Friends of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery will welcome film and television Location Manager Tim Gorman as the speaker at the Friends’ Fourteenth Annual Breakfast Event. Gorman’s talk, 'Little Women' Returns to Concord: A Behind-the-Scenes View of the Film Production will highlight his experiences working on the highly acclaimed new “Little Women” movie, which was entirely filmed in Massachusetts at 11 historic locations. Gorman was responsible for finding the right era-specific locations to match the story with the locales.
Tim Gorman has been involved in filmmaking for more than 25 years, and since moving to the Boston-area in 2002, he has greatly influenced the growth of films being shot in New England. Prior to serving as Location Manager for Little Women, Gorman worked on the movie Spotlight, which won Best Picture Oscar in 2016, as well as Strong, Mission Impossible and many others.
Gorman will discuss challenges in finding Massachusetts locations that had to serve as stand-ins for New York City and Paris. Locations he selected included the Arnold Arboretum; the Emerson Colonial theatre in Boston; the Fairmont Copley Plaza; the Gibson House Museum in Boston; the William Hickling Prescott House in Boston; the Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate in Canton; Forge Park in Franklin; Gibbet Hill in Groton; the Harvard general store and Town Hall; Fruitlands Museum in Harvard; the Crane Estate and Crane beach in Ipswich; the Thayer Estate in Lancaster; Appleton Street in Lawrence; the Lyman Estate in Waltham; and of course locations in Concord.
The Friends of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery’s Breakfast Event will be held on Saturday, April 4, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Colonial Inn in the main dining room. The cost is $25 per person, which includes a full breakfast. Seating for the event is limited, so reservations are required by March 23 and can be made by sending a check to The Friends of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, P.O. Box 313, Concord, MA 01742-0313. Reservations for the Annual Breakfast will be confirmed and held at the door the morning of the event – no tickets will be issued in advance.
2019 - David Wood, the Curator of the Concord Museum, discussed – Emerson in His Study – a look 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.
2018 - Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Matteson returned to describe the research for his upcoming book, tentatively titled Five at Fredericksburg.
2017 - Professor Laura Dassow Walls, a Thoreau scholar and author of Henry David Thoreau: A Life, spoke in honor of the bicentennial of Thoreau’s birth.
2016 - Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Matteson spoke about Louisa May Alcott’s life-changing experience as a nurse during the Civil War. He described how Alcott found her literary voice through this experience.
2015 - Concord Museum Curator David Wood spoke on cabinetmaker William Munroe and described a time in history in which Concord was the second largest manufacturer of clocks in New England.
2014 - Jayne Gordon, Director of Education and Public Programs at the Massachusetts Historical Society, presented Mourning Hawthorne: The Gathering at the Grave.
2013 - Architectural historian Anne Forbes described the important local characters who shaped the town of Concord by building, developing and designing the streetscapes and neighborhoods of their native town.
2012 - Megan Marshall, described her experiences researching and writing her book The Peabody Sisters, Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism.
2011 - Polly Atwood, the history of Africans and abolitionists in Concord prior to and during the Civil War era, and the Drinking Gourd Project that was formed to raise awareness of these issues.
2010 - Leslie Perrin Wilson, an exploration of the accomplished people who lived in Concord during the 1800's.
2009 - Donna Hassler, discussion of the career of Daniel Chester French and his studio Chesterwood.
2008 - Charles Dee Jr., Stories and Movies of Concord: The 1950 Patriots Day Parade
2008 - Jim and Minxi Fannin, The Architecture and Symbolism of Early Cemetery Stones.
2008 - Retailing in Concord - Stores Over the Generations. Karen Anderson (Main Street Market and Cafe), Fritz Kussin, Louisa Alcott Yamartino (Fritz and Gigi's - The Children's Shop) and David Hesel (The Toy Shop).
2007 - Jayne Gordon, addressed the many luminary figures in American literature, the arts and education that lived and supported each other in Concord including the Alcotts, Emersons, Thoreaus and Hawthornes, all of whom are buried in Sleepy Hollow.
2007 - Charles Dee Jr., presented the fascinating movies his great grandfather Joseph Dee took of Concord during the 1930's, including the 1938 hurricane.
2007 - Richard Wheeler, 11th generation Concord resident - the Wheelers arrived in Concord in the mid 1630's. Rick shared some of the family lore from the 17th century through the 1850's.