Previous Annual Gatherings

July 10, 2016 - 8:00am
Various locations in Concord, MA
Thoreau Society Annual Gathering

The Thoreau Society has been celebrating its Annual Gathering since its founding in 1941.  Thoreau Society members and enthusiasts from around the world gather in Concord each July around the time of Thoreau's birthday, July 12.  Our Keynote speakers have featured a diverse group of individuals, inspired by Thoreau in some way, including:  Joyce Carol Oates, Arun Gandhi, and Edward O. Wilson.  Some milestones of the Thoreau Society Annual Gatherings have included the discovery of the Walden cabin by Roland Robbins in 1944, the first open house of the Thoreau Institute in 1998, and the unveiling of plans for two new global, educational projects, Mapping Thoreau Country and the Walden Pond Climate Change Collaborative in 2012.



        75th Annual Gathering, Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary

        Thoreau as Proto-Ecologist, Reformer, and Visionary
        July 7-10, 2016, Concord, Massachusetts
        Keynote Speaker: Elizabeth Witherell, PhD.

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        Thoreau’s Sense of Place
        July 9-12, 2015, Concord, Massachusetts
        Keynote Speaker: Robert Gross
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Thoreau’s Creative Genius: Connecting the Arts, Sciences, and Higher Law.
July 10-13, 2014, Concord, Massachusetts
Keynote Speaker: John Stauffer


Henry D. Thoreau: Mystic, Transcendentalist, and Natural Philosopher to Boot
July 10-14, Concord, Massachusetts
Keynote Speaker: Robert Richardson


Celebrating 150 Years of Henry David Thoreau's Life, Works, and Legacy
July 12 – 15, 2012 Concord, Massachusetts
Keynote Speaker: Edward O Wilson
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Henry David Thoreau's Environmental Ethos: Then & Now
July 7 – 10, 2011 Concord, Massachusetts
Keynote Speaker: Laura Dassow Walls
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Henry David Thoreau & New England Transcendentalism: Then & Now
July 8 – 11, 2010 Concord, Massachusetts
Keynote Speaker: Megan Marshall, Professor, Emerson College
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Social Awareness: Thoreau and the Reform Movement
July 9 – 12, 2009 Concord, Massachusetts
Keynote speaker: Dana S. Brigham Memorial Keynote Address by John T. Matteson
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The Individual and the State:The Politics of Thoreau in Our Time
July 10-13, 2008 Concord, Massachusetts
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Lawrence Buell, Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature, Harvard University
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Simplify, Simplify: Thoreau's Timeless Message
July 12-15, 2007 Concord, Massachusetts 
Keynote Speaker: Scott Russell Sanders
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Mountains, Seashores, Moonlight: Thoreau's Exploration of Wildness
July 6-9, 2006 Concord, Massachusetts
Keynote Speaker: Donald M. Whaley
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Thoreau: Nature, Science, and Higher Laws
July 7-10, 2005 Concord, Massachusetts
Keynote Speaker: Michael Kammen
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Walden: Of Its Time, For our Time A Sesquicentennial Celebration
July 8-11, 2004 Concord, Massachusetts 
Keynote Speaker: Leo Marx
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Thoreau and the Emersonian Influence
July 10-13, 2003  Concord, Massachusetts
Keynote Speaker: Robert N. Hudspeth
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The Spiritual and Political Mind of Thoreau
July 11-14, 2002 Concord, Massachusetts
Keynote Speaker: Lewis Hyde
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60th Anniversary
July 12-15, 2001 Concord, Massachusetts 
Keynote Speaker: Donald Worster
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