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.

Innermost House

I love to be Alone, A Valentine to Henry David Thoreau

March 19, 2017 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Thoreau Farm: Birthplace of Henry David Thoreau, 341 Virginia Road, Concord MA 01742

For seven years, Diana and Michael Lorence lived in a 144 sq. ft. house they built themselves, without electricity or hot water, hidden in the woods, in a world lit only by fire.

On Sunday, March 19th from 3-5pm, at Thoreau Farm, the Lorences will share their experience and how they came to find peace by living simply in the Innermost House.

Living Deliberately Essay Contest

March 15, 2017 - 12:00pm

Live Deliberately Essay Contest

2016-2017 Live Deliberately Essay Contest prompt is announced!

“Let me say to you and to myself in one breath, Cultivate the tree which you have found to bear fruit in your soil. Regard not your past failures nor successes. All the past is equally a failure and a success; it is a success in as much as it offers you the present opportunity.”

—Journal, after 16 July 1850


"American Philosophy: A Love Story" book signing and talk at Walden Pond

March 5, 2017 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Walden Pond State Reservation

Walden Pond State Reservation and The Thoreau Society proudly present... a book signing and talk with Dr. John Kaag on his new book, "American Philosophy: A Love Story". 

This is a Walden Pond State Reservation special event. Sunday, March 5, 2017, 12:00pm - 2:00pm, at the new Walden Pond Visitors Center.

A Visit from Henry David Thoreau

February 26, 2017 - 4:00pm
Fellowship Hall, Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 3650 W. 106th St., Carmel, Indiana

"A Visit from Henry David Thoreau" is now available to bring one of America's most incisive and thought-provoking voices to Pilgrim Lutheran Church. Since 1991, Kevin Radaker has presented his dramatic characterization of Thoreau over 400 times around the nation at universities, colleges, libraries, museums, conferences, state and national parks.

A Lecture on Henry David Thoreau

February 19, 2017 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Library Oss Raadhuislaan 10, 5341 GM Oss, Netherlands

The Library Oss will host a lecture on Henry David Thoreau on Sunday, February 19th. The American writer, philosopher and naturalist, is being honored around the globe because it is exactly two hundred years since his birth on July 12th, 1817.

The Idea of Nature Lecture Series: Part II “Deliberate Living: The Challenge of Walden in the 21st Century” by Laura Dassow Walls

February 16, 2017 - 6:00pm
Boise State University (Boise, Idaho)

Professor Walls will offer a public lecture that are free and open to the public.

The Idea of Nature Lecture Series: Part I “Deliberate Living: The Challenge of Walden in the 21st Century” by Laura Dassow Walls

February 15, 2017 - 6:00pm
The College of Idaho (Caldwell, Idaho)

Professor Walls will offer a public lecture that is free and open to the public.

Barrow Bookstore

Barrow Bookstore: Henry David Thoreau and Abolotion, an informal discussion led by Harrison Glasgow

February 11, 2017 - 5:00pm
Barrow Bookstore, 79 Main Street, Concord MA 01742

Mark your calendars now to join in an informal discussion about Henry David Thoreau, Slavery, Abolition and John Brown at the Barrow Bookstore in Concord, MA. 

Louisa May Alcott Society Call for Papers

November 11, 2016 - 11:00am - January 20, 2017 - 11:00am
CFP, ALA 2017: Louisa May Alcott and Concord