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Moosehead Lake

East Cove, Greenville, Maine    July 24-26, 2019

The Thoreau Wabanaki Trail Festival promotes the understanding, appreciation, and stewardship of Maine’s unique cultural heritage and natural resources, made famous here in the Moosehead Lake Region. It celebrates naturalist writer Henry David Thoreau’s three trips into the Maine Woods and the culture and heritage of the Wabanaki people. Penobscot Nation Chief Joseph Attean and guide Joseph Polis guided two of the three Thoreau trips, launched...

Scot Miller's photography has been featured in many books and publications. He is the author of Walden: 150th Anniversary Illustrated Edition of the American Classic, Cape Cod: Illustrated Edition of the American Classic, and, most recently, Thoreau’s Maine Woods: A Photographic Journey Through an American Wilderness. Scot’s lifelong commitment to conservation is reflected in his photographic illustrations of Thoreau’s writings, his work for The Yosemite Fund, and his support for the Walden Woods Project, to which he offers his...

Helen Sherrah-Davies, Steven Kirby, Ed Lucie

Join the Thoreau Society on Friday, July 12, 2019 at 7:30 at First Parish (Concord) for a special performance on Thoreau's 202d birthday.  Event Registration

Five string violinist Helen Sherrah-Davies presents jazz-infected, trans-stylistic and synaesthetic-inspired eclectic originals. We invite you to join us on a creative journey that will include Cats, Candles, Light and Dark, and Elemental Paradox…...

Helen Sherrah-Davies

Steve Kirby & Ed Lucie

 

Acclaimed violinist and composer Helen Sherrah-Davies will grace this year's Annual Gathering with a special performance on Friday, July 12, at 7:30 pm at First Parish in Concord. Helen is honored to be joined by the “folkloric elegance” of guitarist Steve Kirby and the...

Punkatasset Hill

Peter AldenKick off this year's Annual Gathering with an early morning walk around Punkatasset Hill with Peter Alden, Thursday, July 11, 2019. Meet at 6:30am on Keyes Rd to carpool.

 

 

 

 

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Annual Gathering 2019: Engineering Thoreau

Engineering Thoreau:  Nature, Technology, and the Connected Life

          Today, people don't ordinarily associate Thoreau with engineering, but many of his contemporaries made this connection. In his eulogy of Thoreau, for instance, Ralph Waldo Emerson said that he felt the loss of his friend's "rare powers of action" so keenly that he could not "help counting it a fault in him that he had no ambition. Wanting this,...

Walt Whitman Bicentennial

On the 200th anniversary of Walt Whitman’s birth, join in a celebration of his work at a Whitman Poetry Reading, with commentary by Concord historian Richard Smith. Smith will illustrate the ways in which Concord residents and Transcendentalists, such as Thoreau and Emerson, supported and influenced Whitman.

Friday, May 31, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

First Parish in Concord, 20 Lexington Rd., Concord, MA.

 

Learn more about Thoreau and Whitman's mutual admiration, Henry Stephens Salt, ...

Merrimack River

The New England Classical Singers will perform

Merrimack, with text by Henry David Thoreau

NECS celebrates its 50th Anniversary with the premier of a specially commissioned work by local composer Ronald Perera, Merrimack, with text by Henry Thoreau. Also experience the expressive vocal and instrumental soundscapes in Perera’s Why I Wake Early, based on the works of recently deceased local poet Mary Oliver. Both pieces performed with chorus accompanied by string quartet and piano...

Thoreau portrait

On February 27, 2019, Laura Dassow Walls, the William P. and Hazel B. White Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame, will deliver the 6th annual Silas Peirce lecture, "Henry David Thoreau’s Legacy of Resistance and Hope," at Boston University. To register and get directions, visit Boston University's announcement page. (Registration is appreciated but not required.)

It might seem that Henry David Thoreau, who celebrated his 200th birthday in 2017, could have little to say to us today—yet nothing could...

Thoreau Society

2019 Thoreau Society Graduate Student Fellowship

The Thoreau Society is pleased to announce its inaugural graduate student fellowship. The 2019 Thoreau Graduate Student Fellow will receive $1,000 for travel and Thoreau-related research in greater Boston area, plus free attendance at the 2019 Thoreau Society Annual Gathering in Concord, Massachusetts. (Attendance at the Annual Gathering is not required and will not be factored into the fellowship committee’s evaluation.)

We welcome applications from scholars whose work will contribute to Thoreau scholarship or whose work...

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