Past Events

Mary Oliver (left) and Diane Ackerman credit: Dorothy Alexander

Mary Oliver Honored with Dianne Ackerman

Friday, November 16, 2018 - 6:00pm
Chapel of the Concord Academy, 166 Main Street, Concord

Celebrate the work of Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Mary Oliver, as she receives, in absentia, the 2019 Henry David Thoreau Prize for Literary Excellence in Nature Writing.

Thoreau Society Annual Gathering

Previous Annual Gatherings

Sunday, July 10, 2016 - 8:00am
Various locations in Concord, MA

The Thoreau Society has been celebrating its Annual Gathering since its founding in 1941.  Thoreau Society members and enthusiasts from around the world gather in Concord each July around the time of Thoreau's birthday, July 12.  Our Keynote speakers have featured a diverse group of individuals, inspired by Thoreau in some way, including:  Joyce Carol Oates, Arun Gandhi, and Edward O. Wilson.

“An Eye for Trees” by Richard Higgins

Friday, November 9, 2018 - 9:00am to Friday, November 30, 2018 - 4:00pm
Concord Free Public Library

The Concord Free Public Library will host an exhibit of Richard Higgins’s photographs of local trees November 2 through November 30.

Richard Smith - "Walking"

Monday, November 5, 2018 - 7:00pm
First Parish

Group Discussion with Historian Richard Smith
Monday, November 5, 7:00 p.m.
First Parish in Concord, 20 Lexington Rd., Concord, MA

Preceding the discussion, Richard will talk about Thoreau and his reasons for writing “Walking.” He invites participants to discuss whether and why they like the essay, and how it relates to their modern life.

Thoreau Farm Anniversary: A Principled Life: Panel Discussion

Friday, November 2, 2018 - 3:00pm
Concord Academy's Performing Arts Center

A Principled Life: Panel Discussion

Thoreau Talk, Foraging Walk & Tasting

Sunday, October 21, 2018 - 3:00pm
Bethel Woods, NY


"All good things are wild and free." Henry D. Thoreau

Deborah Bier

Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 3:00pm
Thoreau Farm, 341 Virginia Road, Concord

Free Talk on Dementia for Family and Caregivers

Dr. Deborah Bier to talk on her book, “From Crisis to Calm” and the care methods that can be successful in helping family members and caregivers.

Sat., Oct. 20, 3 - 4 PM at Thoreau Farm, 341 Virginia Road, Concord


Robert Thorson

“Down-time” at Walden Pond

Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
First Parish in Concord, 20 Lexington Rd., Concord, MA

“Near the end of March, 1845,” Thoreau “borrowed an axe and went down to the woods by Walden Pond." Robert M. Thorson explores this descent in his new book, The Guide to Walden Pond (Houghton-Mifflin-Harcourt, 2018).

Transcendentalists, Abolitionists, John Brown and Beyond: How New England Writers Made John Brown a Hero

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 6:00pm
Thoreau Farm, Concord, MA

Historian Richard Smith to discuss how New England Writers made John Brown a hero.

Wild Apples Public Reading of Thoreau’s Essay

Sunday, October 7, 2018 - 10:00am

Come and hear the words of Henry David Thoreau’s essay, Wild Apples, read aloud! Meet at the LEED certified Visitor Center at Walden Pond State Reservation.