Illustrating Thoreau’s Maine Woods: A Photographer’s Journey with Scot Miller

Date: 
November 14, 2013 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: 
24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA

Thoreau’s Maine Woods: A Journey in Photographs with Scot Miller, a new exhibition opens November 16 at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the publication of Henry David Thoreau’s The Maine Woods, the Harvard Museum of Natural History offers an exhibition of finely crafted photographic prints by photographer Scot Miller, who has traversed the state of Maine for years, retracing the footsteps of New England’s native son, Henry David Thoreau. Opening Saturday, November 16, 2013, Thoreau’s Maine Woods: A Journey in Photographs with Scot Miller, will feature stunning photographs of many places that Thoreau explored and wrote about, along with historical information, a Penobscot Indian-made snowshoe owned by Thoreau, and stunning specimens from Harvard’s collections, including one-of-a-kind plant samples collected in northern Maine by Thoreau himself! The exhibition complements the ongoing exhibition, New England Forests in the Zofnass Family Gallery. The Thoreau’s Maine Woods exhibition runs through September 1, 2014.

The exhibition opening public lecture, Illustrating Thoreau’s Maine Woods: A Photographer’s Journey with Scot Miller, will be held on Thursday, November 14 at 6:00 pm. Miller will discuss his seven-year project photographing northern Maine for his new book, The Maine Woods: A Photographic Journey Through an American Wilderness (Levenger Press). Miller combines contemporary imagery with original text from Thoreau’s classic essay collection, The Maine Woods, first published 150 years ago. He will also screen The Unexpected Journey, a short documentary about the making of his book.

The talk and screening are free and open to the public at 24 Oxford Street. Following the presentation, Scot Miller will sign copies of the book. The museum offers free evening event parking in the 52 Oxford Street Garage after 5:00 pm.

A members-only reception and exhibition preview of Thoreau’s Maine Woods will be held after the lecture in the exhibition gallery.

Miller’s stunning images in the new exhibition allow the visitor to see, even today, much of what Thoreau saw in his Maine Woods journeys, as well as to witness and contemplate contemporary change in one of the most remote and magnificent “wild” places in the continental U.S.

One of the four Harvard Museums of Science & Culture, the Harvard Museum of Natural History is located
on the historic campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts at 26 Oxford Street, a ten-minute walk from Harvard Square. The museum is open daily from 9:00–5:00 pm.

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