The Thoreau Society received a $28,000 Creative Economy Grant from the Office of the President of the University of Massachusetts. The award will be used to create a new website for the Thoreau Society and to establish the Walden Climate Change Collaborative (WCCC). Over the next two years, WCCC will bring Thoreau Society members, faculty from UMass Lowell, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreations, and an array of environmental activists and organizations together to provide place-based environmental education across our state.
Thoreau Society Board members Susan E. Gallagher and Joseph Fisher won a $6,000 grant from UMass Lowell's Research and Scholarship Council to develop the technical aspects of Mapping Thoreau Country: Tracking Henry David Thoreau's Travels in Massachusetts, a digital platform that uses historical maps to organize primary materials and information related to Thoreau's excursions throughout his home state.
The Thoreau Society and the University of Massachusetts Lowell are launching “Mapping Thoreau Country,” a web-based initiative that will use historical maps to document Thoreau’s travels throughout the U.S. The project recently received a grant from the Mass Humanities to fund planning and archival research in the Thoreau Society’s Collections at the Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods.
A separate grant from UMass Lowell was received to support the technical aspects of the project. The generosity provided by these institutions will enable us to create a permanent digital resource that will open a new chapter in our efforts to promote public awareness of Thoreau’s contributions to American political and social thought. We are grateful to everyone who has assisted us in what promises to be an extremely exciting initiative and look forward to updating all members on our progress.
On October 1, 2009, The Thoreau Society moved its offices to the restored house at Thoreau Farm, where Henry D. Thoreau was born on July 12, 1817. Our new address is 341 Virginia Road, Concord, Massachusetts 01742. Our phone numbers remain the same. The main number to reach The Thoreau Society is 978-369-5310.
On March 6, 2007, the Thoreau Society won two awards of excellence in two separate national art exhibitions. The awards were for artwork produced under a Thoreau Society Fellowship that was awarded in 2003 to artist/illustrator John Roman. Roman's recreation of Concord as it appeared during Thoreau's time was honored in competitions held in Los Angeles, by the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, and in New York, by the New York Society of Illustrators.
On March 6, 2007, the Thoreau Society won two awards of excellence in two separate national art exhibitions.. This grant will be used for rehabilitation of the bathhouse at the State Reservation and for work on four interpretive signs. The EOEA Office of Public Private Partnerships has developed the Matching Funds program as a new model for stewardship of historic, cultural, recreational and natural resources across the Commonwealth.
According to Walden Pond Park Supervisor Denise Morrissey, the rehabilitation project will provide the necessary funds to repair the interior of the bathhouse, which will improve the visitor’s experience dramatically. The current structure has not been significantly improved since it was remodeled in 1985. The bathhouse is used by over 300,000 people each summer, and is the only facility located on the shore of historic Walden Pond.
The Friends of Walden Pond also generously agreed to supplement state funds for the development of two new interpretive wayside signs. Money has been allocated to repair the two existing signs, which describe the historic, cultural and environmental significance of frequently-visited areas around the pond. The information contained in these mini-exhibits will enhance visitors’ experience and understanding of Walden. The Thoreau Society, with an international membership of 1600, became the official Friends group for Walden in 2001, supporting the educational programs, visitor services, park operations and conservation efforts at Walden Pond State Reservation. The Society has had a presence at the Pond since 1995, managing the Thoreau Society Shop at park headquarters across from the pond, and complementing the work of the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) staff to provide current and historical information to Park visitors.