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Scot Miller, Thoreau, The Maine Woods: A Photographic Journey Through an American Wilderness

The question is not what you look at—but how you look & whether you see.

—Thoreau, Journal, 5 August 1851

Scot Miller, Thoreau, The Maine Woods: A...

Thoreau rocks

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.  —Henry David Thoreau, Walden


The Gateway Arch is a 630-foot-high (192 m) monument in St. Louis

 In “Walking,” Thoreau not only defines sauntering as one of his cherished pursuits; he also self-consciously chooses a “perfectly symbolical” shape or contour for his sauntering journeys: "The outline which would bound my walks would be, not a circle, but a parabola . . .like one of those cometary orbits, which have been thought to be non-...

John Hessler

     I first started seriously reading the works of Henry David Thoreau almost twenty years ago when I was researching the biogeography of a particularly rare group of alpine butterflies. Back then I used to spend my time during the early summer...

Thoreau Society Civil Disobedience Medal

Essentially Revolutionary
Henry Thoreau's Radical Moment—and Ours

By Wen Stephenson

On a clear and seasonably cold Sunday morning in March, I made my way through the streets of an old neighborhood in Worcester, Massachusetts, and entered a large, converted brick building from some other century. Inside, in a cavernous room with worn floors and south-facing windows lit by the sun, a group of seventy or more young climate activists—mostly college students and recent graduates from the Boston area, along with a few veterans of the Occupy and global justice movements—...

University of Massachusetts

2012-2013: The Thoreau Society received a $28,000 Creative Economy Grant from the University of Massachusetts.  We are using the award to establish the Walden Climate Change Collaborative, create a new website for the Thoreau Society, and fund internships at the Thoreau Society.