All This Wild Freedom: The Friendship of Henry Thoreau and Nathaniel Hawthorne
Thursday, May 22 at 7 p.m.
Thoreau Farm

For 20 years two of America’s premier writers, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry Thoreau, maintained what seemed an unlikely friendship. On the surface the two men appeared radically different- Hawthorne was a successful, famous novelist who traveled the world while Thoreau was a fairly unknown, eccentric writer who “cultivated” obscurity and stayed in Concord as much as possible.

But appearances can be deceiving! From 1842-1862 Hawthorne and Thoreau maintained a friendship, despite their differences. The two of them were, in fact, very much alike!

In Commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the death of Nathanial Hawthorne, The Thoreau Farm Trust and The Thoreau Society are pleased to present a lecture by Historian Richard Smith on the friendship of Hawthorne and Henry D. Thoreau. How did this friendship start, and, despite the two men’s differences, how did it last for 20 years?

Richard Smith has been a Concord historian for 15 years. He has specialized in the lives of the Concord Authors and has been involved with many of the historic sites where Hawthorne and Thoreau lived and wrote, particularly The Wayside and Walden Pond. He has presented many lectures and Living History programs in Concord as well as around the country.

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Nathaniel Hawthorne Memorial
Friday, May 23 at 6 p.m.
First Parish, 20 Lexington Road, Concord

Local organizations in Concord and beyond, including Thoreau Farm, are celebrating the life of Nathaniel Hawthorne 150 years after his death. Hawthorne, best known for his novels The Scarlet Letter and The House of the Seven Gables, died at age 59 in Plymouth, New Hampshire on May 19, 1864.

This program will honor Hawthorne on the anniversary of his funeral, May 23, 2014, and will echo that historic event. A formal program will begin at 6 p.m. at the First Parish in Concord, 20 Lexington Road, which will feature readings from Hawthorne’s contemporaries like Ralph Waldo Emerson and Louisa May Alcott. Following this brief program, participants are invited to walk the route from First Parish to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, where Hawthorne was interred exactly 150 years earlier. Along the way, the procession will pass what is believed to be the same horse-drawn hearse used to transport Hawthorne’s coffin in 1864, on display thanks to Dee Funeral Home. After paying our respects at the family plot, the public is invited to an open reception at the Old Manse featuring light refreshments. The evening should conclude by 8:30 p.m.

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