Exploring Henry David Thoreau’s Relevance for Us Today

Date(s) - 10/21/17 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Tyler Arboretum

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  • American author Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) is best known for spending one night in jail for nonpayment of the state poll tax, and for living for two years along the shores of Walden Pond in Concord, MA. Now, 200 years after his birth, Thoreau’s essays and books are still being read, and his words are often used as inspirational quotes. What are his basic philosophies, and how do they resound with us today? Join author Corinne H. Smith to learn a bit more about this “Transcendentalist” and discuss what threads connect us to him – including what he saw during his 1854 trip to Philadelphia. After the lecture, take a walk down to Thoreau’s Cabin and experience nature for ourselves. Corinne H. Smith is the author of Westward I Go Free: Tracing Thoreau’s Last Journey and Henry David Thoreau for Kids: His Life and Ideas, With 21 Activities. $25 members, $30 non-members.