Eric Weiner

“A few weeks before my journey to Concord, I stumbled upon a New Yorker article about Thoreau. It was called "Pond Scum" and, as you can imagine, did little to rehabilitate the Hermit of Concord in my mind. The story's author, Kathryn Schulz, opens the piece by painting a picture of the coldhearted, misanthropic crank. Then she takes the gloves off. But as the commuter train pulls into Concord Station, just as it did during Thoreau's day, I resolve to maintain an open mind.”...

The Great Tide of Humanity: Race and Gender Reform in 19th Century Concord, Massachusetts

The Great Tide of Humanity: Race and Gender Reform in 19th Century Concord, Massachusetts

Join us for a lively evening where Concord, Massachusetts, historians and social rights activists come together to talk about the 19th century revolution that was fought with a pen and continues to capture the hearts and minds of social reformers today.

Henry David Thoreau and his fellow Transcendentalists sparked...

Nancy Shohet West
Date: Sunday, October 11, 2020 - 3:30pm
Location: This is a Zoom event
Nancy Shohet West is a Boston-area journalist who helps individuals, multi-generational families, communities, and special interest groups to write and...
Richard Smith
Date: Friday, September 18, 2020 - 7:00pm
Location: This is a Zoom event
“the Penobscot”

June 13 and 14, 2020: Films and Webinars. To view films, see below.

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“the Penobscot”

"Surveyor of the Soul"

Directed and Narrated by James Eric Francis Sr.
Featuring Jennifer Neptune,
Chris Sockalexis, Jason Pardilla, and Chris
"Charlie Brown...

Bob Galvin

We announce with sadness the passing of longtime Thoreau Society member Bob Galvin, who served several terms on the TS board of directors and generously donated his assistance in the revision of bylaws and other legal matters. He attended all but one Annual Gathering over the last more than 35 years. A tribute to Bob will be published in a forthcoming Thoreau Society Bulletin. His obituary, which
he wrote himself (including a typically witty suggestion for memorial donations to the Society), is available online:

June 7th at 2pm - Thoreau in a Time of Loss, a conversation with Kristen Case, Audrey Raden, facilitated by interviewer Rochelle Johnson

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Audrey Raden’s book, When I Came to Die: Process and Prophecy in Thoreau’s Vision of Dying, was published in 2017. She lives...

Henry Petroski

Join us for an interview with Henry Petroski, interviewed by Richard Smith.

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Henry Petroski is a professor of engineering and of history at Duke University. He has written a number of books on the history of everyday objects, among them The Pencil, The...

Thoreau in the Anthropocene

2020 American Literature Association Conference

May 21-24, 2020, San Diego, CA

The Thoreau Society will sponsor two panels: 

Thoreau in the Anthropocene

Thoreau in the...