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Resistance & Freedom: The Political Legacy of Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau described himself as “a mystic, a transcendentalist, and a natural philosopher to boot,” but he is probably most famous for his refusal to pay his taxes in protest against slavery and the Mexican War. Just as later political figures such as Emma Goldman and Martin Luther King cited Thoreau’s refusal as inspiration for their decisions to defy unjust laws, the ongoing protests against the Trump Administration have echoed his call for resistance to political evil.  In order to gain a better understanding of this political legacy, Susan E. Gallagher explores how Thoreau’s...

Henry David Thoreau Loved the Seasons

 On Thursday, April 20, 3-5pm, Donna Marie Przybojewski will launch her latest children’s book, “Henry David Thoreau Loved the Seasons,” at Thoreau Farm. Przybojewski, a junior high school teacher and Thoreau Society Ambassador for the Thoreau Bicentennial, will read from her book and give a short talk on how parents and teachers can introduce Thoreau to children at a young age. This event is FREE and open to the public. Children accompanied by an adult are welcome to attend this event. Space is limited, please email...

Bicentennial Happenings in Concord and beyond

Art Exhibition—WALDEN: Window & Mirror, April 6 - May 14, 2017.

Artist Talks: Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 6:00 pm

Concord Center for Visual Arts, 37 Lexington Road, Concord MA 01742

In the spirit of celebrating Henry David Thoreau and the bicentennial of his birth, Concord Art presents WALDEN: Window & Mirror featuring the work of eight artists who, like Thoreau, strive to understand our relationship...

Thoreau Society Shop at Walden Pond

The Thoreau Society is proud to announce that the Thoreau Society Shop at Walden Pond has moved into its new home at the Walden Pond Visitor Center. 

In 2015 the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) began the construction of a new visitor center at Walden Pond State Reservation. The construction phase of the building was completed last fall with a ribbon-cutting ceremony which took place on September 27, 2016. 

The new visitor center is a state-of-the-art facility, designed with green technology in mind. Impressive for its small carbon footprint, the...

Thoreau rock collection

“Thoreau and Material Culture”

Call for Papers for a guaranteed session sponsored by the Thoreau Society

Modern Language Association Annual Conference, New York City, January 4-7, 2018 

How do material objects enrich our understanding of Thoreau’s literary, natural-history, and politically-minded endeavors? How might tangible things deepen our sense of the author’s work, life, and world? What insights can we gain by recovering objects associated with his work, home, and place? The Thoreau Society...

Recipients receive $1,000 towards travel and research expenses at archives in the Greater-Boston area on Thoreau related projects, as well as free attendance at the Thoreau Society Annual Gathering held in Concord, MA in early July.

Both emerging and established scholars, as well as Thoreau enthusiasts, are encouraged to apply. 

Preference will be given to those candidates who will use the Thoreau Society’s Walter Harding Collection housed at the Thoreau Institute for at least part of the fellowship period, but applicants intending to use any of the Thoreau Society...

Taghdarreh at Walden Pond

This past July, Iranian scholar Alireza "Ali" Taghdarreh left his country for the first time to visit America. Taghdarreh has produced the first-ever Persian translation of Walden. We were honored to have him come to Concord to speak at our 2015 Annual Gathering "Thoreau's Sense of Place."

The Walden Woods Project invited Taghdarreh to speak at the Institute to celebrate their 25th anniversary. He was introduced by their chairman, Don Henley, of the Eagles. You may...

Thoreau-Roosevelt

In a recent article in the Chicago Tribune, "10 Things You Might Not Know about Fear," Mark Jacob and Stephan Benzkofer mentioned the relatively obscure origins of FDR's famous declaration in the face of the Great Depression, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself!" As Jacob and Benzkofer report, Eleanor Roosevelt was once asked about the origins of this frequently quoted sentence in her husband's first...

New Visitor Center at Walden Pond

On September 30, 2014, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) held a community meeting to gather additional input from stakeholders, including the Thoreau Society, on the design of the new Visitor Center at Walden Pond.  Construction of the new building, which will include exhibit space and a bookstore, will begin in the spring of 2015 and finish in 2016.  Through the Friends of Walden Pond, our long-term partnership with the DCR...

The Gateway Arch is a 630-foot-high (192 m) monument in St. Louis

 In “Walking,” Thoreau not only defines sauntering as one of his cherished pursuits; he also self-consciously chooses a “perfectly symbolical” shape or contour for his sauntering journeys: "The outline which would bound my walks would be, not a circle, but a parabola . . .like one of those cometary orbits, which have been thought to be non-...

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