Transcendentalists, Abolitionists, John Brown and Beyond: How New England Writers Made John Brown a Hero

Tuesday, Oct., 16, 6  pm to 7 pm at Thoreau Farm

Historian Richard Smith to discuss how New England Writers made John Brown a hero.

Historian Richard Smith to speak on John Brown and the Transcendentalists on Oc. 16 at Thoreau Farm.

John Brown’s Raid on the Harpers Ferry arsenal brought the United States one step closer to Civil War. While his actions were misunderstood and condemned in the North, a small but vocal group of New England writers and poets did their best to make Brown a hero.

Join Richard Smith for an entertaining and educational lecture and discussion on the aftermath of Brown’s Raid.  Why did the New England literati adore Brown? How did Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau and Louisa May Alcott create the mythology of Brown-the-Abolitionist martyr?

Richard Smith is a writer and public historian who specializes in the Transcendentalists and the Anti-slavery movement.  His books, “Quotations of Henry David Thoreau” and “A Short Biography of John Muir” will be available for purchase.

Seating is limited. Please RSVP to

This event is Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by Thoreau Farm and the Thoreau Society.


Dr. Deborah Bier to discuss her new book, “From Crisis to Calm: A Practical Guide to Family Dementia Trouble,”

Saturday, October 20, 3 pm to 4pm at Thoreau Farm

Dr. Bier is known as the “Dementia Behavior Expert.” She will talk about her book, “From Crisis to Calm” and the care methods she discovered that were most successful in helping hundreds of desperate family members and caregivers out of their dementia crisis.

For more information on Dr. Bier, visit From Crisis to Calm.

Seating is limited for this event. Please RSVP

This event is Free and open to the public.


Celebrate with us! Thoreau Farm Trust’s 20th Anniversary

Friday, November 16, 2018, Chapel, Concord Academy, 6PM

Celebrate the Work of Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Mary Oliver, as she receives, in absentia, the 2019 Henry David Thoreau Prize for Literary Excellence in Nature Writing.*

Mary Oliver (left) and Diane Ackerman credit: Dorothy Alexander

 Accepting on behalf of Mary Oliver will be Diane Ackerman, best-selling poet, novelist, and non-fiction writer, recipient of the 2015 Henry David Thoreau Prize and a Pulitzer Prize finalist.

Ms. Ackerman will speak about her own work as a nature writer before discussing Mary Oliver’s splendid work and reading from her poetry.

This event is at 6 pm, Friday, November 16, 2018 at the Chapel of the Concord Academy, 166 Main Street, Concord.

This event is co-sponsored by the Thoreau Society and Thoreau Farm.

*The Thoreau Prize was established in 2010 to honor the best American nature writers in poetry, fiction, and non-fiction prose. Previous winners include Gretel Ehrlich, E. O. Wilson, Gary Snyder, T. C. Boyle, Peter Matthiessen, Diane Ackerman, Linda Hogan, Sy Montgomery, and Bernd Heinrich.


Celebrate with us! Thoreau Farm’s 20th Anniversary

 “A Principled Life,” featuring panelists historians Robert Gross and Jayne Gordon and documentary filmmaker Joseph Stillman, Saturday, November 17, 2018, 3 pm, Concord Academy’s Performing Arts Center

“Citizen Clark… A Life of Principle”

Following the panel discussion at 4pm will be a screening of the film, “Citizen Clark … A Life of Principle,” a documentary about former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, followed by a Q & A with director Joseph Stillman.


The Nov. 17 events are open to the public. A $10 donation is suggested. Please RSVP .

Celebrate with us! Thoreau Farm’s 20th Anniversary

Join Thoreau Farm Trust as the Town of Concord dedicates a plaque to those who contributed to the initial acquisition of the Breen Farmstead/Thoreau Birth House, Sunday, November 18, 2018, 1pm, Thoreau Farm, 341 Virginia Road, Concord, MA

At 2pm on Sun., Nov., 18, Lucille Stott, former president of Thoreau Farm Trust, presents her new book, “Saving Thoreau’s Birthplace: How Citizens Rallied to Bring Henry Out of the Woods.”
The book launch will be followed by an author reception and book signing.

The Sunday, August 18 events are FREE and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to .