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In Walden, Thoreau wrote, “I desire that there may be as many different persons in the world as possible.” The Thoreau Society likewise recognizes that the contributions of all will continue to result in a more vital organization and a more vital world.

The Thoreau Society is committed to diversity and inclusion, and welcomes people of all ages, ethnicities, gender expressions and identities, origins, physical abilities, races, religions, and sexual orientations.

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Featured Guests and Events:

  • Robert Gross, The Transcendentalists and Their World
  • Rebecca Solnit, Thoreau Society Medal Honoree
  • Screening and Film Discussion of Margaret Fuller: Transatlantic Revolutionary
  • Musician Jesse Paris Smith, performance at the Emerson Umbrella Community Theater
  • A Celebration of Brister Freeman in cooperation with The Robbins House
  • Dr. J. Drew Lanham, Dana S. Brigham Memorial Keynote Address
  • Dr. Lawrence Buell, Thoreau Society Medal honoree, at Thoreau Farm
  • Dr. Jane Goodall, Thoreau Prize in Literary Excellence in Nature Writing Honoree

Wednesday, July 6, events are free and open to the public.

The Thoreau Society is the oldest and largest organization devoted to an American author and is dedicated to promoting Thoreau’s life and works through education, outreach, and advocacy.

Established in 1941, the Thoreau Society has long contributed to the dissemination of knowledge about Thoreau by collecting books, manuscripts, and artifacts relating to Thoreau and his contemporaries, by encouraging the use of its collections, and by publishing articles in two Society periodicals. The mission of the Society is to stimulate interest in and foster education about Thoreau’s life, works, and philosophy and his place in his world and ours; to encourage research on Thoreau’s life and writings; to act as a repository for Thoreauviana and material relevant to Thoreau; and to advocate for the preservation of Thoreau Country.

Henry David Thoreau saw the exploitation of people and of nature as two sides of the same coin of injustice and oppression.

The Thoreau Society continues our namesake’s struggle to open all eyes to social and environmental injustice, and to end blindness to the consequences of unchecked racism, climate change, and other threats to individual freedom, democratic equality, and social justice in the United States and around the world. As a community devoted to Thoreau’s legacy, we are a work-in-progress, committed to the perpetual challenge of improving the Thoreau Society as an embodiment—and a promoter—of these ideals.

From our Publications

The Concord Saunterer and Thoreau Society Bulletin contain valuable historical, biographical, critical, and bibliographical information about Henry David Thoreau and Transcendental Concord to be found nowhere else.”
— Lawrence Buell, Harvard University

Serious scholars and general readers alike enjoy reading both the Thoreau Society Bulletin and The Concord Saunterer. In fact, that’s the dynamic that’s fueled our organization since its inception, bringing scholars and enthusiasts together to promote public understanding of Thoreau and his work in his time and in ours.

Our publications have been an important source of information in helping to preserve Thoreau Country as part of our common heritage and as the embodiment of Thoreau’s landmark contributions to social, political, and environmental thought.

October is the month of painted leaves. Their rich glow now flashes round the world. As fruits and leaves and the day itself acquire a bright tint just before they fall, so the year near its setting. October is its sunset sky; November the later twilight.”

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