A Visit with Henry David Thoreau
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About the Event
In partnership with The Winchester Historical Society, The Stoneham Historical Society and The Thoreau Society, join us for this remarkable presentation of Henry David Thoreau titled “Civil Disobedience Then and Now”. Thoreau held many roles during his lifetime: schoolteacher, poet, writer, Naturalist, pencil maker. His best-known book, "Walden", documents his simple living on the shores of Walden Pond. Mr. Thoreau also participated in social reforms. As an Abolitionist, he withheld his poll tax to protest slavery, and was active in the Underground Railroad. Step back in time to 1860 for a visit with Henry Thoreau, portrayed by Living History interpreter Richard Smith. "Mr. Thoreau" will discuss life in 1860 Concord, including his involvement with the anti-slavery movement. Hear selections from his books and essays. And enjoy an interview of Mr. Thoreau by the independent Historian Catherine Mägi of Harpers Ferry. Mr. Thoreau will also take questions from the Zoom audience. Richard Smith has worked as a public historian in Concord for 21 years, specializing in Henry David Thoreau, the Transcendentalists, the Anti-Slavery movement and the Civil War. Ms. Catherine Mägi is a Public Historian in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. She co-authored of the book "Confluence; Harpers Ferry as Destiny" and is currently working on a guidebook for the Antietam Battlefield. Register to obtain the Zoom link. Sponsored by a generous grant from the Cummings Foundation.