Past Events

Thoreau Society Annual Gathering

Previous Annual Gatherings

Sunday, July 10, 2016 - 08:00
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.

Robert Thorson

“Down-time” at Walden Pond

Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 15:00 to 16:30
First Parish in Concord, 20 Lexington Rd., Concord, MA

“Near the end of March, 1845,” Thoreau “borrowed an axe and went down to the woods by Walden Pond." Robert M. Thorson explores this descent in his new book, The Guide to Walden Pond (Houghton-Mifflin-Harcourt, 2018).

Deborah Bier

Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 15:00
Thoreau Farm, 341 Virginia Road, Concord

Free Talk on Dementia for Family and Caregivers

Dr. Deborah Bier to talk on her book, “From Crisis to Calm” and the care methods that can be successful in helping family members and caregivers.

Sat., Oct. 20, 3 - 4 PM at Thoreau Farm, 341 Virginia Road, Concord


Transcendentalists, Abolitionists, John Brown and Beyond: How New England Writers Made John Brown a Hero

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 18:00
Thoreau Farm, Concord, MA

Historian Richard Smith to discuss how New England Writers made John Brown a hero.

Wild Apples Public Reading of Thoreau’s Essay

Sunday, October 7, 2018 - 10:00

Come and hear the words of Henry David Thoreau’s essay, Wild Apples, read aloud! Meet at the LEED certified Visitor Center at Walden Pond State Reservation.

Scott Miller, Cape Cod

“Thoreau, The Maine Woods to Cape Cod: A Journey in Photographs” by Scot Miller

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 09:00
Cape Cod Cultural Center, 307 Old Main St, South Yarmouth, MA 02664

Sponsored by the Association to Preserve Cape Cod, “Thoreau, The Maine Woods to Cape Cod: A Journey in Photographs,” captures the scenery, as it exists today, of Thoreau’s famous walking trips in the mid-1800s along the shores of Cape Cod and across Maine’s interior. 

There will be a free opening reception on Friday, October 5 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Lawrence Millman, Author of "Fascinating Fungi of New England," to Give a Free Mushroom Walk in Estabrook Woods

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 13:00 to 15:00
Estabrook Woods

Join us for a mushroom foray in Estabrook Woods with mycologist and author Lawrence Millman.
As a mycologist, Millman has done fungal surveys in places as diverse as Honduras, Arctic Canada, Panama, East Greenland, Western Samoa, and Nantucket.

Surveyors Historical Society Beginning Point Marker Dedication at Thoreau Farm and Annual Gathering Picnic

Sunday, July 15, 2018 - 12:45
Thoreau Farm

Join the Surveyors Historical Society at Thoreau Farm for the dedication of a “Beginning Point” marker to honor Henry David Thoreau’s career as a surveyor. The marker will give the exact latitude and longitude of Thoreau’s birth house on Virginia Road.

What can we learn from the muck at the bottom of Walden Pond?

Sunday, July 1, 2018 - 12:00
First Parish, 20 Lexington Road Concord, Massachusetts 01742

The Transcendentalism Council of First Parish in Concord, The Thoreau Society, and Walden Pond State Reservation will host Curt Stager, a professor at Paul Smith’s College, NY, who uses sediment cores sampled from lakes to look at historical changes in the environment.

Robert Thorson, Author Talk, "The Guide to Walden Pond" at Thoreau Farm

Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 14:00 to 15:30
Thoreau Farm: Birthplace of Henry David Thoreau, 341 Virginia Road, Concord MA 01742

Robert Thorson, Author Talk, The Guide to Walden Pond at Thoreau Farm

The Guide to Walden Pond: An Exploration of the History, Nature, Landscape, and Literature of One of America's Most Iconic Places is the seventh book published by Thorson, an award-winning author, geology professor at the University of Connecticut, science columnist, speaker, consultant, and expert guide to Thoreau's Concord.