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Thoreau's desk at Walden Pond

From the Executive Director's Desk:John Brown funeral exercises, Concord

2014 Annual Gathering, July 10-13:

Coming soon: highlights including clips from John Stauffer's keynote, "Thoreau's Evolution from "Resistance to Civil Government" to John Brown." 

Asher B. Durand, Study of a Rock

Another Annual Gathering Highlight:

"The solid earth! the actual world!": Thoreau Studies and the Material Turn: A Roundtable Discussion

Go to the 2014 Agenda to access panelists' papers.

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We are pleased to present "Henry's Rock and Mineral Collection," by Robert Thorson, author of Walden's Shore: Henry David Thoreau and Nineteenth-Century Science (Harvard University Press, 2014).  Thorson also explored Thoreau's geological depths at this year's Annual Gathering.

Thoreau rocks

Blind luck. Sometimes, by sheer chance, we stumble onto something wonderful. This happened to me last spring during the eleventh hour of working on Walden’s Shore: Henry David Thoreau and Nineteenth-Century Science, my new book emphasizing Thoreau’s self-taught skills as a physical scientist...

Thoreau book shelf

The Thoreau Society is pleased to announce the continuation of its Short-Term Research Fellowships. Recipients receive funds towards travel and research expenses to work on Thoreau-related projects in the Greater Boston area, as well as free attendance at the Thoreau Society Annual Gathering in July.