Michael Frederick has been the Executive Director of the Thoreau Society since 2006. He holds a BS in Finance from Suffolk University, an ALM in History from Harvard University (Thoreau's ethics and social philosophy), and a certificate in non-profit management from Northwestern, Kellogg School of Management. His field of study includes Thoreau’s social philosophy and ethics as well as an interest in Transcendentalism as it developed among European philosophers and writers. He served as assistant editor of Henry David Thoreau’s Wild Fruits and of collection of essays on the Maine Woods entitled, Wildness within, Wildness Without. He has worked with several non-profit Boards, including the Thoreau Farm Trust, the Walden Pond Advisory Board, and the Friends of the Middlesex Fells.
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Richard is originally from Cleveland, Ohio, and has a background in history and education, with 20 years of experience in museum studies. He has lived in the Concord area for almost a decade, working at various historic sites as an historian and research assistant. This is his second stint with the Thoreau Society. Along with his writing and research, Richard is also involved in Living History and is best known around the area as "Henry Thoreau." He has been portraying the Transcendentalist since 1999. Richard, as "Henry," appears regularly at Walden Pond and has also traveled a great deal in Concord and elsewhere on Thoreau's behalf.
Jon has worked at the Shop for more than 11 years, starting in 1995, six months after it opened. He has an educational background in physics, electrical engineering, and marketing. He graduated from Amherst College; then took his Masters at Harvard, plus additional post-graduate work. Jon is fluent in French and speaks German and some other languages. He was Director of International Sales for several computer companies. Jon lived for a time with his family in France and worked as a director of two companies there. He authored many technical and travel articles. Jon was brought up in a family of authors, and publishing was always part of his life. This explains his delight in working for the Thoreau Society.
Mark is a doctoral candidate in the English Department at UCLA. His primary teaching and research interest is in American Transcendentalism. He is currently working on a dissertation titled “In the Optative Mood: The Transcendental Affects of Emerson, Fuller, and Thoreau,” a study of how Transcendentalism emerges as a discourse of radical, critical optimism, particularly in the moral sublime of Ralph Waldo Emerson, the radical sympathy of Margaret Fuller, and the sense of connection of Henry David Thoreau. Mark is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Editor, The Concord Saunterer: A Journal of Thoreau Studies