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Thoreau's Journal, 1856

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Thoreau’s Journal: A Life of Listening

Listen to Thoreau’s personal reflections on nature, friendship, slavery, and society. 

For a quarter century, American author Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862) filled notebook after notebook with his observations and reflections, strong in the belief that a closely examined life would yield infinite...

Susan Coyne, Thoreau, Radio Open Source

Christopher Lydon, WBUR, 90.9:  "A Wild & Disobedient Life," a multifaceted conversation about the multiple facets of Thoreau

Part One, Part Two,...

Christopher Lydon, Open Source Radio

Wednesday, July 12, 1:00, First Parish, 20 Lexington Rd, Concord, MA 01742.

Moderated by WBUR's Christopher Lydon with Deborah Cramer, Jennifer Haigh, John Kaag, and Megan Marshall.

Christopher Lydon covered politics for The New York Times from the Washington bureau in the 1970s. He hosted The Ten O’Clock News on WGBH TV through the 1980s, and he co-founded and...

Theodore Roosevelt and Skip on hunting trip

Evening Talk by Douglas Brinkley

First Parish Church, Wed, July 12, 7:30pm

At this year's Annual Gathering and Celebration of Thoreau's Bicentennial, Douglas Brinkley, professor of history at Rice University and the author of Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of...

“Concord, which is my Rome”: Henry Thoreau and His Home Town

Drawing on the rich holdings of the William Munroe Special Collections of the Concord Free Public Library, this gallery exhibition explores multiple facets of Thoreau’s complex relationship with his native town and life-long home.  June 7-Oct. 30, 2017, Concord Free Public Library Art Gallery, 129 Main Street, Concord, MA 01742.

“Walden: Four Views,” gallery talk by Abelardo Morell, June 22, 2017

“Walden: Four Views,” gallery talk by Abelardo Morell, June 22, 2017, Concord Museum. The Concord Museum celebrates the bicentennial of the birth of Henry David Thoreau, one of America’s most thought-provoking writers and thinkers, with a deeply personal exhibition by photographer Abelardo Morell. Walden: Four Views, by Abelardo Morell will be on exhibit at the Concord Museum from February 10 through August 20, 2017.

Over 150 years after Henry Thoreau’s publication of Walden, Abelardo Morell offers a new look at the landscape that formed Thoreau. Inspired by Thoreau’s...

Thoreau Bicentennial

"Henry David Thoreau: Son of Concord," a talk by Robert Gross, June 13, 7:00 PM, Shrewsbury Public Library, 609 Main Street, Shrewsbury, MA, 01545. For more information, contact Priya Rathnam, prathnam@cwmars.org.

Margaret Fuller

Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, June 6, 2017, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm. Houghton Library recently acquired Thoreau’s manuscript notes on his exhaustive but fruitless search for the bodies and belongings of war correspondent and feminist Margaret Fuller Ossoli and her family, shipwrecked off Fire Island on July 19, 1850....

Thoreau Bicentennial

Thoreau in Our Time, May 11, 2017, Jones Library, Amherst. Henry David Thoreau’s writings, especially Walden (1854), were a product of his own time and place. But the world is just now catching up with his insights into economy, society, and the human relationship with nature. Join UMass historian David Glassberg on an exploration of Thoreau and his legacy on the 200th anniversary of Thoreau’s birth in 1817.  For more information, visit the Jones Library,...

Thoreau Celebration at First Parish in Concord

Thoreau Celebration, First Parish, Concord, May 6, 2017, 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm. In honor of the Thoreau Bicentennial, this celebration at First Parish in Concord begins with a lecture entitled “Walking, Working, Waking: What was Thoreau Seeking?” by historian Jayne Gordon at 4:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. Following the lecture, guests are invited downstairs to the Parish Hall for an informal trivia night on topics related to Henry David Thoreau’s life and work. Hosting the trivia competition will be Richard Smith, Thoreau interpreter. A buffet dinner will follow. Sponsored by the...

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