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This Ever New Self: Thoreau and his Journal

Every private journal tells the story of a self, and Henry David Thoreau kept one of the most faithful, thoughtful, and provocative journals in American history. His everyday companion, the journal was an essential tool for mindful living, and grist for one of the world’s most influential books–Walden, or Life in the Woods. Two hundred years after Thoreau’s birth, his thoughts on the value of introspection, simple living, and self‐sufficiency continue to challenge and inspire us. David Wood, curator of This Ever New Self: Thoreau and his Journal, will discuss how the first major exhibition devoted to the life of one of America’s most influential citizens will bring contemporary audiences face to face with a man whose life continues to impact our modern world. This Ever New Self, a joint exhibition with The Morgan Library & Museum, New York will be on view at the Concord Museum, September 29, 2017 – January 21, 2018. Continue Reading →

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A talk with Robert Thorson, author of The Boatman: Henry David Thoreau’s River Year

​Thoreau was known for Walden Pond, but in his new book The Boatman, Henry David Thoreau’s River Year, Robert Thorson says he was a man of the river. As a backyard naturalist and river enthusiast, Thoreau was keenly aware of the way humans had altered the waterways and meadows of his beloved Concord River Valley. And he recognized that he himself—a land surveyor by trade—was as complicit in these transformations as the bankers, lawyers, builders, landowners, and elected officials who were his clients. Robert Thorson, PhD, Professor of Geology, University of Connecticut, shares a compelling story of intellectual growth and scientific understanding, as Thoreau moved from anger, to lament, to acceptance of the way humans had changed the river he cherished more than Walden Pond. Robert Thorson’s book, The Boatman: Henry David Thoreau’s River Years, will be available for purchase and signing. Continue Reading →

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View Solar Eclipse at Arnold Arboretum with National Park Service

The Arnold Arboretum has teamed up with the National Park Service to provide special projection equipment to safely view Monday’s historical solar eclipse. This is free to anyone (just like seeing the eclipse) and no registration is required — you can just show up at Bussey Hill. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Thread Ensemble Performs INTERACTION

Thread Ensemble performs a day of interactive, free, public performances throughout Jamaica Plain, featuring a moving musical feast of pieces improvised by vibraphone and violins. Thread Ensemble will give five performances in public spaces throughout Jamaica Plain in the course of one afternoon, culminating in an early evening concert on the lawn of the Eliot School. In each performance spot, Thread Ensemble will draw in passersby by inviting them to participate in the creation of new music. In between performances, Thread will roll the vibraphone from place to place and travel with the two violins, filling outdoor spaces with music. Venues: Arnold Arboretum (1pm), Curtis Hall steps (2pm), Belle’s Park on Centre Street near JP Licks (3pm), Jamaica Pond pathway (4pm), Eliot School lawn (5pm and 6pm). *times of first five performances are approximate* Continue Reading →

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