Exhibit: “Concord, Which is my Rome: Henry Thoreau and His Home Town”

Date(s) - 07/07/17 - 10/30/17 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Location: Concord Free Public Library Art Gallery

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The Concord Free Public Library will commemorate the two hundredth anniversary of the birth of Henry David Thoreau with the first major exhibition of its kind, “Concord, which is my Rome”: Henry Thoreau and His Home Town.

The exhibition, the third of three at the CFPL, explores Thoreau’s life, work, and thought within the context of his lifelong home through materials from the library’s permanent collection. These include manuscript materials, documents, letters, photographs, maps, surveys, engravings, first editions, record and account books, and related artwork that together, tell the story of Thoreau’s sometimes complicated relationship with his home town.

Here visitors will be introduced to Thoreau’s Concord, a community of approximately two thousand souls, where he acquired over a lifetime an extraordinary breadth and depth of knowledge that included the town’s natural, built, social, intellectual and spiritual realms, recorded and interpreted through his journal—his masterpiece—and made universal through his documentation of his sojourn at Walden.

The library’s first Thoreau bicentennial exhibit explored his intimate understanding of the myriad aspects of the Concord landscape through his land and property surveys, while the second was a ground-breaking collaboration with the Concord Museum focusing on the book Men of Concord (1936), edited by Francis H. Allen and featuring passages from Thoreau’s journals accompanied by illustrator N.C. Wyeth’s intuitive interpretation of Thoreau’s words.

The public is invited to the July 14th opening of the current exhibit, which will feature a lecture by renowned Thoreau scholar Laura Dassow Walls. Programming continues with talks by Elizabeth Hall Witherell, Robert Thorson, Robert Gross, and Robert Hudspeth.

See here for all the details of the Thoreau Exhibit Lecture Offerings at the Concord Free Public Library.