Past Events

Thoreau Society Annual Gathering

Previous Annual Gatherings

July 10, 2016 - 8:00am
Various locations in Concord, MA

The Thoreau Society has been celebrating its Annual Gathering since its founding in 1941.  Thoreau Society members and enthusiasts from around the world gather in Concord each July around the time of Thoreau's birthday, July 12.  Our Keynote speakers have featured a diverse group of individuals, inspired by Thoreau in some way, including:  Joyce Carol Oates, Arun Gandhi, and Edward O. Wilson.

A Visit from Henry David Thoreau

August 4, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Harmony Library 4616 South Shields Fort Collins, Colorado 80526
After offering a 40-minute dramatic monologue, Radaker then answers questions in-character as Thoreau, followed by a time for Radaker himself to answer questions about Thoreau. 


Henry David Thoreau: A 200th Birthday Celebration

July 12, 2017 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
38 South Second Street, Bayfield, Wisconsin, 54814 (715-779-5223)

A community reading and commentary about the writings of Henry David Thoreau will be offered in the outdoor patio at What Goes 'Round Books.

Nature Walk on Bayfield Trails

July 12, 2017 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
300 N 4th St, Bayfield, WI 54814

We will be hiking a portion of the Bayfield Regional Conservancy's Big Ravine Trail, a stretch of hardwood and conifer wooded ridges offering views of Lake Superior from the northern limits of the City of Bayfield. Interested persons can meet hike leaders at the parking lot atop the hill at the baseball diamond at Bayfield Schools on upper 4th Street in Bayfield at 4PM on the 12th of July.

Thoreau at Walden Pond, N.C. Wyeth

Thoreau Bicentennial Gathering: Celebrating the Life, Works, and Legacy of Henry David Thoreau

July 11, 2017 - 3:00pm - July 16, 2017 - 9:00pm
Concord, Massachusetts

The Thoreau Society Annual Gathering & Bicentennial Celebration of Thoreau’s Life, Works, and Legacy

July 11-16, 2017
Concord, Massachusetts

Henry David Thoreau Memorial Celebration Week in Seward, Alaska

July 8, 2017 - 10:00am - July 16, 2017 - 12:30pm
Kenai Fjords National Park, 24620 Herman Leirer Rd, Seward, AK 99664

Celebrating the world wide celebration of the birth of Henry David Thoreau.

July 8th, 9th, 12th, 15th, 16th summer of 2017


Hikes are available by reservation:  

$69.00 ea + tax (2 person minimum for trip)

Solos may add to existing trips

Henry David Thoreau at the Olmsted Falls Library

June 22, 2017 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Cuyahoga County Library, Olmsted Falls Branch, 8100 Mapleway Drive, Olmsted Falls, OH 44138
Donna Marie Przybojewski, Thoreau Bicentennial Ambassador, will be portraying Henry David Thoreau at the Olmsted Falls Branch of the Cuyahoga County Library.

Thoreau Society Panel, ASLE Conference 2017

June 20, 2017 - 1:00pm - June 24, 2017 - 1:00pm
Wayne State University, Detroit MI

The Thoreau Society Panel at the Twelfth ASLE Biennial Conference 2017 "Rust/Resistance: Works of Recovery"

Panel Organizer: Cristin Ellis, Assistant Professor of English at The University of Mississippi

4-person panel, 15-minute presentations

Panel Chair: TBD

2017 Thoreau Stamp

Henry D Thoreau First Day Stamp Issue

May 23, 2017 - 9:45am - 3:00pm
Walden Pond State Reservation

“A Visit from Henry David Thoreau”: A Dramatic Performance by Kevin Radaker

May 20, 2017 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm
First Presbyterian Church, Granville, Ohio


Encounter Henry David Thoreau, America's mid-nineteenth-century apostle of the wilderness, social critic, and political reformer, on the eve of the Civil War.  After his formal presentation, Thoreau will answer questions from the audience, followed by Professor Radaker answering questions about Thoreau.

Dr. Kevin Radaker—Bio