Past Events

Thoreau Society Annual Gathering

Previous Annual Gatherings

July 10, 2016 - 8:00am
Various locations in Concord, MA

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.

A Thoreau Weekend at Congaree National Park

April 22, 2017 - 8:00am - April 23, 2017 - 6:00pm
Congaree National Park

“Thoreau Nature Walks,” Featuring South Carolina Naturalists and Youth and Adult Actors Portraying Thoreau and His Contemporaries, Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23, 2017.

“Thoreau’s Music at Congaree,” Mid-19thCentury American Folk Music. A Columbia Music Ensemble, Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23, 2017.

Honoring Thoreau through Contemplation & Journaling at Thoreau Farm

April 5, 2017 - 2:00pm - April 26, 2017 - 3:30pm
Thoreau Farm: Birthplace of Henry David Thoreau, 341 Virginia Road, Concord MA 01742

Honoring Henry David Thoreau Through Contemplation & Journaling at Thoreau Farm.

In the tranquility of his birthplace, Nanri Tenney and Thoreau Farm will offer a course to explore the soul of the sage and naturalist, Henry David Thoreau. We will read his works with a fresh perspective using the practices of meditation and journaling to gain our own insights.

Kevin Dann

Captain of a Huckleberry Party!

April 1, 2017 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Thoreau Farm: Birthplace of Henry David Thoreau, 341 Virginia Road, Concord MA 01742

Dr. Kevin Dann, author of Expect Great Things: The Life and Search of Henry David Thoreau, will give a talk on this new book and perform Captain of a Huckleberry Party.

Emerson Society Award Announcements

April 1, 2017 - 9:15am - 12:00pm

**Awards Announcements**



The Ralph Waldo Emerson Society announces four awards

for projects that foster appreciation for Emerson.




*Graduate Student Paper Award*

Japan Thoreau Society

Thoreau Society of Japan Celebrates Thoreau Bicentennial

March 30, 2017 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Japan Radio NHK - Japan National Broadcasting

The Thoreau Society of Japan Celebrates the Thoreau Bicentennial!

Shoko ITOH, Professor Emeritus of Hiroshima University and former President of The Thoreau Society of Japan will present a series of 13 lectures on the radio of NHK (Japan National Broadcasting).

NHK will present the lectures on Thursday Evenings from January 5th through March 30th, 2017.


Picturing Emerson: A Selection of Lifetime Portraits of Ralph Waldo Emerson

March 24, 2017 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Concord Free Public Library in the Library Rotunda

The Trustees of the Concord Free Public Library cordially invite you to a reception and viewing of "Picturing Emerson: A Selection of Lifetime Portraits of Ralph Waldo Emerson"

Innermost House

I love to be Alone, A Valentine to Henry David Thoreau

March 19, 2017 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Thoreau Farm: Birthplace of Henry David Thoreau, 341 Virginia Road, Concord MA 01742

For seven years, Diana and Michael Lorence lived in a 144 sq. ft. house they built themselves, without electricity or hot water, hidden in the woods, in a world lit only by fire.

On Sunday, March 19th from 3-5pm, at Thoreau Farm, the Lorences will share their experience and how they came to find peace by living simply in the Innermost House.

Living Deliberately Essay Contest

March 15, 2017 - 12:00pm

Live Deliberately Essay Contest

2016-2017 Live Deliberately Essay Contest prompt is announced!

“Let me say to you and to myself in one breath, Cultivate the tree which you have found to bear fruit in your soil. Regard not your past failures nor successes. All the past is equally a failure and a success; it is a success in as much as it offers you the present opportunity.”

—Journal, after 16 July 1850


"American Philosophy: A Love Story" book signing and talk at Walden Pond

March 5, 2017 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Walden Pond State Reservation

Walden Pond State Reservation and The Thoreau Society proudly present... a book signing and talk with Dr. John Kaag on his new book, "American Philosophy: A Love Story". 

This is a Walden Pond State Reservation special event. Sunday, March 5, 2017, 12:00pm - 2:00pm, at the new Walden Pond Visitors Center.