Thoreau Bicentennial


The Walden Woods Project is proud to announce a wide variety of programs that honor Henry David Thoreau on the occasion of his bicentennial in 2017.

The bicentennial of Thoreau’s birth offers the perfect opportunity to consider the myriad ways that Thoreau’s words and actions are still very relevant today, having direct applicability to so many realms of 21st-Century life.

Following are some of the programs that are in the works (in addition to our regular annual programs, such as our Stewardship Lectures, Approaching Walden, etc.).

  • A return to the stage by Christopher Childs, who will bring his one-man play “Clear Sky, Pure Light: An Evening with Henry David Thoreau” back to Concord
  • The first-of-its-kind in Massachusetts, Thoreau Bicentennial Statewide Read, co-sponsored by UMass Lowell Honors College, the Massachusetts Center for the Book and Freedom’s Way Heritage Area
  • A panel of Thoreau translators sharing their experiences with and motivations for translating Thoreau’s work into different languages (as part of the Concord Festival of Authors)
  • More to come!

We are also working with more than a dozen Concord-area organizations to coordinate a Thoreau Bicentennial website, where organizations and individuals from around the world will be able to post their own bicentennial-related events, learn about others’ events and find resources about Thoreau, his life and his work.