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David A. Van Wie—Storied Waters

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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The Walden Woods Project, Lincoln Massachusetts

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The Walden Woods Project invites you to a Stewardship Lecture with

DAVID A. VAN WIE

Storied Waters: 35 Fabled Fly-Fishing Destinations and the Writers & Artists Who Made Them Famous

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

7:30 PM (Doors open at 7 PM for reception)

 

David A. Van Wie’s new book chronicles his six-week, 5,000-mile odyssey covering over 50 locations in eight states. Storied Waters begins at Walden Pond and crosses paths with Thoreau in places like Wisconsin and Maine. Van Wie follows and fishes in the footsteps of giants from Thoreau to Hemingway, Robert Traver to Corey Ford, Louise Dickinson Rich to Aldo Leopold and many more. Storied Waters provides a virtual roadmap through 200 years of fly-fishing literature and a literal road map—complete with local fishing tips—to the hallowed waters of the sport.

David A. Van Wie writes a monthly column for The Maine Sportsman magazine, has published feature articles in Northern Woodlands magazine and the Maine Sunday Telegram, and is coauthor of The Confluence: A Collection of Essays, Art and Tall Tales about Fly-fishing & Friendship. After a 35-year career in environmental consulting and government, he now writes and lives in Lyme, New Hampshire. He is an accomplished photographer, a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America, and writes a blog on fly-fishing and environmental issues at www.watchyourbackcast.com.

Doors will open at 7 PM for a wine and cheese reception with the author, sponsored by The Cheese Shop of Concord.  The talk will begin promptly at 7:30 PM.

Storied Waters will be available for sale at the event ($29.95), with a book-signing by the author after the talk.

This event is FREE and open to the public, but registration is required. 


Thoreau Animal Index Blitz

Thursday, December 5, 2019
1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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The Walden Woods Project, Lincoln Massachusetts

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Join the Walden Woods Project to co-create an index of all of the animals mentioned in Thoreau’s Journals! Like Ray Angelo’s Botanical Index, this will become a valuable resource to Thoreau scholars for years to come.

Reasons to join us:

  • Researchers around the world will benefit from this resource.
  • Everyone who contributes to the Animal Index will be recognized when it is completed and made public!
  • Hot chocolate, tea and goodies will be served.
  • Experience the rare fire in the Walden Woods Project’s Great Hall walk-in fireplace!
  • You can come for as much—or little—as you are able!
  • Share some winter camaraderie with fellow Thoreauvians.

(If you can’t join us in person, there is the possibility of participating remotely—note on the registration form where it asks about remote participation.)

What can I expect at the Animal Index Blitz?

  • Each participant will be assigned a certain number of pages, depending on how much time they have, of Thoreau’s journal to read (accessed on-line).
  • As participants read, they will be asked to note any mention of an animal. We will provide instructions and a list of Frequently Asked Questions.
  • We have a limited number of desktop computers for participants to use; if you have a laptop, please bring it, so more people can participate at a time!

Contact Whitney Retallic, Director of Education, with questions.

This is a picture of the cozy fire from February’s Animal Index Blitz, where we indexed FOUR volumes of Thoreau’s Journal!  We have six volumes left to index and are hoping to get close to completion (or cross the finish line!) at this year’s Blitz!

 


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Stewardship Lectures

The Walden Woods Project’s Thoreau Institute sponsors the Stewardship Lecture Series to celebrate innovation and creativity in environmental stewardship and to highlight the work of those who are promoting the values and ideas embodied by Thoreau. Each year the series features a number of talks, panel discussions, or media presentations featuring individuals at the cutting edge of a renewed environmental and social justice movement.

Recent Stewardship Lectures include:

  • Terry Tempest Williams, on her book The Hours of Land: A Personal Topography of American National Parks.
  • Laura Dassow Walls, in October 2016, gave the first public presentation of her biography, Henry David Thoreau: A Life, due out on July 12, 2017
  • David Gessner, All the Wild that Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, and the American West (on his book of the same title)
  • Robert M. Thorson, Walden’s Shore: Henry David Thoreau and Nineteenth Century Science (on his book of the same title)

 

We are always seeking excellent candidates for the lecture series and welcome any nominations and suggestions for the upcoming year. If you have an idea for a topic or presenter for our Stewardship Lecture Series, please contact the Walden Woods Project.

Modern Lyceum

“Thoreau’s Legacy: A Modern Lyceum” brings back the movement that spawned adult education in America with public forums that promoted thoughtful conversation and education about the social, intellectual and ethical questions of 19th-Century society. Guided by accomplished scholars on related topics, our Modern Lyceum will engage the public in an investigation of current social issues, with respect to and through the lens of Henry David Thoreau’s still-poignant writings and actions—incorporating many of his contemporaries.

Our Lyceum events will not seek to provide easy answers to today’s dilemmas and debates, but to highlight the way in which the voices and perspectives of the past can shed light on and help us to critically examine our current situation. We anticipate that our panelists will—all drawing from Thoreau’s texts and actions—come to slightly different conclusions to some very complex questions, and by doing so, broaden our perspectives on events of today.

Read more about Henry David Thoreau’s involvement with the 19th-Century Lyceum Movement in the United States.