2012-2013: Creative Economy Grant from the President's Office of the University of Massachusetts
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2011: The Digital Thoreau project in collaboration with SUNY Geneseo, the Thoreau Society, and the Walden Woods Project.
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2010-2011: Grant from the Research and Scholarship Council at UMass Lowell
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2010: Grant from Mass HumanitiesThoreau's cairn
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2009: The Thoreau Society Moves Its Offices
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2007: The Thoreau Society Recieves Two National Awards
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2005: Friends of Walden Pond Win Matching Grant
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Creative Economy Grant from the UMass President's Office

UMassThe Thoreau Society received a $28,000 Creative Economy Grant from the Office of the President of the University of Massachusetts.  The award will be used to create a new website for the Thoreau Society and to establish the Walden Climate Change Collaborative (WCCC).  Over the next two years, WCCC will bring Thoreau Society members, faculty from UMass Lowell, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreations, and an array of environmental activists and organizations together to provide place-based environmental education across our state.

The Thoreau Society Wins Grant from UMass Lowell


 Thoreau Society Board members Susan E. Gallagher and Joseph Fisher won a $6,000 grant from UMass Lowell's Research and Scholarship Council to develop the technical aspects of Mapping Thoreau Country: Tracking Henry David Thoreau's Travels in Massachusetts, a digital platform that uses historical maps to organize primary materials and information related to Thoreau's excursions throughout his home state. 


The Thoreau Society Wins Mass Humanities Award

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The Thoreau Society and the University of Massachusetts Lowell are launching “Mapping Thoreau Country,” a web-based initiative that will use historical maps to document Thoreau’s travels throughout the U.S. The project recently received a grant from the Mass Humanities to fund planning and archival research in the Thoreau Society’s Collections at the Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods.

A separate grant from UMass Lowell was received to support the technical aspects of the project. The generosity provided by these institutions will enable us to create a permanent digital resource that will open a new chapter in our efforts to promote public awareness of Thoreau’s contributions to American political and social thought. We are grateful to everyone who has assisted us in what promises to be an extremely exciting initiative and look forward to updating all members on our progress.

The Digital Thoreau

Digital Thoreau
In 2011, the Thoreau Society began an exciting project that is known as the Digital Thoreau, a project in collaboration with SUNY Geneseo, the Thoreau Society, and the Walden Woods Project.  The Digital Thoreau partnership was inaugurated to memorialize Walter Harding, PhD, who was a professor at Geneseo from 1956 to 1982 and a founder of the Thoreau Society.

Digital Thoreau features Walden: A Fluid Text Edition. The project has allowed us to assemble digitally Thoreau’s seven “drafts” of Walden, rendering the text searchable and interactive. The website is based on Ronald E. Clapper’s Ph.D. dissertation at the University of California Los Angeles, “The Development of Walden: A Genetic Text” (1967), which provided a complete account of Thoreau’s revisions to the manuscript.

The Thoreau Society Moves to Thoreau's Birthplace

Thoreau Farm: Birthplace of Henry David ThoreauOn October 1, 2009, The Thoreau Society moved its offices to the restored house at Thoreau Farm, where Henry D. Thoreau was born on July 12, 1817. Our new address is 341 Virginia Road, Concord, Massachusetts 01742. Our phone numbers remain the same. The main number to reach The Thoreau Society is 978-369-5310.

The Thoreau Society Receives Two National Awards

On March 6, 2007, the Thoreau Society won two awards of excellence in two separate national art exhibitions. The awards were for artwork produced under a Thoreau Society Fellowship that was awarded in 2003 to artist/illustrator John Roman. Roman's recreation of Concord as it appeared during Thoreau's time was honored in competitions held in Los Angeles, by the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, and in New York, by the New York Society of Illustrators.

Three years in the making, Roman's historically accurate view of 1845 Concord, Mass. depicts what Concord looked like the day Henry David Thoreau took residence at Walden Pond (July 4, 1845). Working closely with The Thoreau Society, The Thoreau Institute and several Thoreau and Concord area historians, the artwork was exactingly designed and rendered to replicate the look and style of an old 19th century bird's-eye-view city map lithograph. Bird's-eye-view maps were quite prevalent and very popular during that period, but, as unbelievable as it may seem, Concord was never the subject of such a city-view map. Using antique maps and prints from The Thoreau Institute's Henley Library archives as reference, Concord has finally had its likeness illustrated in a classic 1800s art form. Roman's original ink drawing will be on display at both national exhibitions this spring where both he and the Thoreau Society will be recognized for bringing this "new" old view of Concord to life. 20" x 30" gallery-quality prints of Roman's artwork are available at the Thoreau Society's Shop at Walden Pond at 915 Walden Street in Concord, as well as on the shop's web site at
The Thoreau Society and The Friends of Walden Pond have also produced an exhibit based on Roman's map. The exhibit is on display in The Tsongas Gallery at Walden Pond State Reservation through the end of March, and examines several different areas of life in 1845 Concord as well as visiting the sites today. The Thoreau Society is the oldest and largest organization devoted to an American author and is dedicated to promoting Thoreau's life and works through education, outreach, and advocacy. From 2001-2016, they were the designated the Friends group of Walden Pond, supporting the visitor services, conservation projects and park operations at the State Reservation, site of Thoreau's experiment in living deliberately (1845-1847) and inspiration for his classic work, Walden (1854).

Friends of Walden Pond Win Matching Grant

On March 6, 2007, the Thoreau Society won two awards of excellence in two separate national art exhibitions.. This grant will be used for rehabilitation of the bathhouse at the State Reservation and for work on four interpretive signs. The EOEA Office of Public Private Partnerships has developed the Matching Funds program as a new model for stewardship of historic, cultural, recreational and natural resources across the Commonwealth.

According to Walden Pond Park Supervisor Denise Morrissey, the rehabilitation project will provide the necessary funds to repair the interior of the bathhouse, which will improve the visitor’s experience dramatically. The current structure has not been significantly improved since it was remodeled in 1985. The bathhouse is used by over 300,000 people each summer, and is the only facility located on the shore of historic Walden Pond.

The Friends of Walden Pond also generously agreed to supplement state funds for the development of two new interpretive wayside signs. Money has been allocated to repair the two existing signs, which describe the historic, cultural and environmental significance of frequently-visited areas around the pond. The information contained in these mini-exhibits will enhance visitors’ experience and understanding of Walden. The Thoreau Society, with an international membership of 1600, became the official Friends group for Walden in 2001, supporting the educational programs, visitor services, park operations and conservation efforts at Walden Pond State Reservation. The Society has had a presence at the Pond since 1995, managing the Thoreau Society Shop at park headquarters across from the pond, and complementing the work of the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) staff to provide current and historical information to Park visitors.