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The Thoreau Society is a member of the Concord Historic Collaborative, a group that coordinates services to community residents and visitors alike.  Other members of the Concord Collaborative include:

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The Concord Museum is a rich resource of information about historic Concord and its ongoing role as a leading center of American political, literary and cultural life. Drawing on its extensive collection, the Museum stages changing exhibitions, promotes learning for vistors of all ages, and provides educational programs and publications on subjects ranging from the American Revolution to the impacts of climate change. Visit website.

Concord Free Public Library

The Concord Free Public Library is a treasure trove of historical records and materials on eighteenth and nineteenth-century American history.  The CFPL also stages numerous digital exhibits relating to Transcendental Concord, as well as author talks, and community events. Visit website.

Minute Man National Historical Park

At Minute Man National Historical Park the opening battle of the Revolution is brought to life as visitors explore the battlefields and structures associated with April 19, 1775, and witness the American revolutionary spirit through the writings of the Concord authors. Visit website.

Orion Grassroots Network

The Thoreau Society is proud to participate in this network of North American environmental and community organizations. Visit website


Since 1991, the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society has presented a panel or special lecture at the Thoreau Society Annual Gathering, in keeping with each summer’s theme.  Many individuals are members of both organizations.  It’s a natural partnership. Visit website.

SUNY Geneseo College

Walter Harding, who taught in SUNY Geneseo’s English department from 1956 to 1982, was arguably the twentieth century’s most important scholar of Henry David Thoreau. Among his seven books on this great American writer, The Days of Henry Thoreau, first published in 1966, stands out as the definitive biography. Professor Harding edited or compiled 34 additional books, including works on other American transcendentalists such as Bronson Alcott and William Ellery Channing. At his retirement, he held the highest ranks awarded to a SUNY faculty member, Distinguished Professor and University Professor. He was the first SUNY faculty member to be awarded the degree of Honorary Doctor of Letters.

In 1941, Walter Harding helped to found The Thoreau Society, Inc., which houses the world’s largest collection of Thoreauviana. After his death in 1996, the annual Walter Harding Lecture was established with the generous financial support of the Harding family.  Additionally, The Thoreau Society has partnered with the Walden Woods Project and SUNY Geneseo College to make materials from the Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods available on the Digital Thoreau.  Students from SUNY Geneseo are building a replica of Thoreau’s cabin on campus.

Thoreau Farm Trust

The Thoreau Society works with the local Thoreau Farm Trust to preserve the house in which Henry was born. Visit website.

Thoreau Institute

The Thoreau Society’s collections are housed in Lincoln, Mass., at the Thoreau Institute, part of the Walden Woods Project.  Since 1996, the Thoreau Society has collaborated with the Concord Museum and the Walden Woods Project on the Thoreau Community Lecture Series. Visit website.

Walden Pond State Reservation

The Walden Woods Project serves as the official Friends of Walden Pond in support of educational programs, visitor services, park operations and conservation efforts at Walden Pond State Reservation. Visit website.

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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