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The Barbara L. Packer Fellowship is named for Barbara Lee Packer (1947-2010), who taught with great distinction for thirty years in the UCLA English department. Her publications, most notably Emerson’s Fall (1982) and her lengthy essay on the Transcendentalist movement in the Cambridge History of American Literature (1995), reprinted as The Transcendentalists by the University of Georgia Press (2007), continue to be esteemed by students of Emerson and of the American Renaissance generally. She is remembered as an inspiring teacher, a lively and learned writer,...


Dear Friends,

The Thoreau Society and Thoreau Farm would like to thank you for your support of our online "fun"-raising auction.

With the help of our donors and bidders, we raised $20,434 for our respective missions and programs. 93% of the auction items received bids with 1,183 total bids placed.

The auction is both a program and a fundraising event. Thoreau fans living around the world participate. One thing we love about the auction is that the Thoreauviana will go to people who will cherish them.

You can...

Laura Dassow Walls

What: Free Virtual Lecture
Who: Laura Dassow Walls, PhD, University of Notre Dame
Topic: “A Vast and Indefinite Loss”: Henry Thoreau’s Connections
Between Nature and Slavery
When: Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 2 pm EDT.
Where: Watch on YouTube:

ALA Conference:

July 7-11, 2021 in Boston (...

Peter Alden

Date: Sunday, March 28, 2pm
Zoom Event

The Write Connection at Thoreau Farm: A program in partnership with the Thoreau Society.

Join Peter Alden, Concord native,  ornithologist, and author, to learn about the changes over time to Concord’s bird and mammal inhabitants. Peter has written more than 15 books on North American and African wildlife, including the National Audubon Society’s Regional Field Guide Series. He organized the world’s first Biodiversity Days with Dr. Edward O...

David Gessner
Date: Sunday, March 21, 2021 - 2:00pm
Location: Zoom

The Write Connection at Thoreau Farm: A program in partnership with the Thoreau Society.

Join us in a conversation with author David Gessner and Michael Frederick, Executive Director of the Thoreau Society, as they...

Thoreau Bust


2021 Marjorie Harding Memorial Fellowship

Sponsored by The Thoreau Society

The Thoreau Society is pleased to announce the sixth annual Marjorie Harding Memorial Fellowship, generously funded by the Harding family. The fellowship honors the life and legacy of Marjorie Brook Harding, who worked diligently to bring together the Thoreau Society, the Walden Woods Project, and SUNY Geneseo to advance Thoreau studies and conservation of Thoreau Country and to keep alive the legacy of Walter Harding, Marjorie’s husband, an early leader in...

Register for "More Day to Dawn."

“'There Is More Day to Dawn':
A Global Conversation Celebrating Teaching and Diversity"

October 31 & November 1, 2020

Brought to you by The Thoreau Society;
sponsored by Thoreau Farm Trust