Dear Members of the Harvard Community,
HCC is a membership organization for Harvard alumni, faculty, students and parents living in our ten-town area: Acton, Bedford, Carlisle, Concord, Lincoln, Littleton, Maynard, Stow, Sudbury, and Wayland. The Club is governed by a Board of Directors.
History. Now in its 96th year, the Club has a unique and interesting history. We are the only “IN” Club; all others are Harvard Clubs “OF.” We are so named to honor historic events that took place “in” Concord. On April 19, 1775, Minute Men from the Harvard Club In Concord member towns met “in” Concord at the Old North Bridge and fired the “Shot Heard ‘Round the World.” In 1776, young men from HCC member towns attended Harvard College “in” Concord, where it had moved for the year while General George Washington used Harvard buildings in Cambridge to house the Continental Army. Thus, the name Harvard Club In Concord. In 1920 a small group of alumni petitioned for an organizational meeting. In the 1970s, HCC was formally constituted and has been an active Club ever since.
Activities. HCC assists with interviewing for the Harvard Admissions Office; funds scholarships and fellowships for students in our area; organizes educational, cultural, and recreational events for members, families and their guests; and offers community service opportunities. The Annual Dinner in June is the highlight of the year, featuring a distinguished speaker from Harvard and beyond. This June we were delighted to hear Professor Maria Tatar talk "Wired for Weirdness: How Fairy Tales Work Their Magic." The year before we were thrilled to hear Harvard's Football Coach Tim Murphy speak about "Life as a Comeback." In 2014 Alyssa Goodman discussed "How Visualization, Computation, and Big Data are Changing the Nature of a Harvard Education." In June 2013 our speaker was Professor Richard N. Cooper who talked about "A Glimpse of the World Economy in 2030." Professor Harry Lewis, former Dean of the College, addressed us in 2012 and spoke about "Life, Liberty, and Happiness After the Digital Explosion." In the spring of 2014 Dr. Jennifer Notkin ’82 spoke about her career traveling the world for Helen Keller International and its programs in nutrition and agriculture. Other events include: distinguished speakers such as Judge Amy Totenberg; student musical concerts and symphony events; dinner and an evening at Hasty Pudding; dinner and an evening at Sanders Theater with the Radcliffe Pitches and a separate visit with the Harvard Din & Tonics, tailgate parties and sports events; family bike rides; and community service opportunities. Also in spring 2013, Jim Saltonstall, longtime Club member and interviewer spoke about his "Visit to the Happy Kingdom of Bhutan." HCC participates in Global Networking Nights and regional events with other Boston-area Harvard clubs.
Scholarships & Fellowships. The Club funds a $3,500 Summer Community Service Fellowship for a deserving Harvard student who is interested in public service. This program connects students and local alumni with non-profit service opportunities in our area.
Community Service. HCC participates in Harvard’s Global Month of Service initiative by organizing volunteer opportunities that enrich our communities locally and globally. Club members have spent a day plastering drywall and hammering nails to build a Habitat for Humanity home in Wayland. Members have volunteered an evening at Community Servings, a Boston non-profit organization that provides meals to critically ill patients in their homes, supported the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, and most recently, supported Project Bread's Walk for Hunger.
The Harvard community truly extends beyond the campus. We invite you to get involved, and we welcome your participation as the Harvard Club In Concord continues to grow and thrive from its modest beginnings of 96 years ago. Come join us and become part of our vibrant Harvard MetroWest community.
Robin Tapper, AB '80
President, Harvard Club In Concord