The Thoreau Society exists to stimulate interest in and foster education about Thoreau’s life, works, legacy and his place in his world and in ours, challenging all to live a deliberate, considered life.
The Thoreau Society keeps Thoreau's writings and ideas alive around the globe and across generations.
The Thoreau Society's offices are located at the birth house of Henry D. Thoreau (341 Virginia Road, Concord, Massachusetts), near Minute Man National Historical Park. The Society leases its office space from the Thoreau Farm Trust.
Concord, where the American War for Independence began on April 19, 1775, was also home to the "second American Revolution," a revolution of ideas. Learn more about the Concord authors, including Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888), and Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864).
Established in 1941, the Thoreau Society has long contributed to the dissemination of knowledge about Thoreau by collecting books, manuscripts, and artifacts relating to Thoreau and his contemporaries, by encouraging the use of its collections, and by publishing two periodicals, The Thoreau Society Bulletin and the Concord Saunterer: A Journal of Thoreau Studies.
Through an annual gathering in Concord, and through sessions devoted to Thoreau at the Modern Language Association (MLA), the American Literature Association's (ALA), and the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE), the Thoreau Society provides opportunities for all those interested in Thoreau – dedicated readers and followers, as well as the leading scholars in the field – to gather and share their knowledge of Thoreau and his times.
The Thoreau Society archives are housed at the Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods in Lincoln, Massachusetts. This repository includes the collections of Walter Harding and Raymond Adams, two of the foremost authorities on Thoreau and founders of the Thoreau Society; and those of Roland Robbins, who uncovered Thoreau's Walden house site. Learn more.
Thoreau Society members represent a wide range of professions, interests, cities and towns across the United States and around the world. They are connected by the conviction that Henry D. Thoreau had important things to say and crucial questions to ask that remain just as significant in our time as they were in his. Through its programs, publications and projects, the Thoreau Society is committed to exploring Thoreau's observations on living with self, society and nature, and encouraging people to think about how they live their lives. Join now.