Annual Gathering 2020 Rescheduled to 2021

Our 80th Annual Gathering has been rescheduled to NEXT July 8-11, 2021.


Thoreau and Diversity:

People, Principles, and Politics

Our 2021 Keynote Speaker will be New York Times best-selling author Ibram X. Kendi

Recommended Reading List

The 2020 Thoreau Prize recipient is renowned conservationist George Schaller.

"There is more day to dawn." Henry David Thoreau.

Dear Friend,

It will likely come as no surprise that, due to COVID-19, the 2020 Annual Gathering in Concord has been cancelled. We regret this necessary decision and apologize for any inconvenience it may cause. We will postpone our conference devoted to the important “Diversity” theme until July, 2021. We hope that you’ll be able to join us at that time. As 2021 approaches, we will be in touch with you to learn your plans.

We are currently looking into the possibility of hosting a scaled-down, virtual meeting online during summer 2020 that will engage Thoreau Society members around the world. More details to follow. Please also check back here for updates.

All of us in The Thoreau Society treasure the companionship that the July Annual Gathering brings. It allows us a chance to be in Thoreau country, among friends and colleagues, learning more about Thoreau’s life, works, and legacy. We trust that we will share this rich experience of the Thoreauvian community once again in 2021.


Stay safe. Be well.

All the best, 

Mike Frederick   Ron Hoag
Executive Director   President