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Concord Antiquarian Society (Concord, MA 01742-3701)
Jayne K. Gordon (Project Director: February 2018 to present)
The Concord Landscapes and Legacy of Henry Thoreau

Two one-week workshops for 72 school teachers on the legacy of Henry David Thoreau.

The Concord Museum seeks $169,831 to conduct workshops for school teachers on the weeks of July 14-19 and July 21-26, 2019. "Living and Writing Deliberately: The Concord Landscapes and Legacy of Henry Thoreau" will immerse participants in the historic surroundings of Thoreau’s home town: natural sites that served him as both laboratory and sanctuary, places where he encountered folks whose lives would provide him with examples of both dignity and desperation, and locations of institutions that figured so prominently and provocatively in his essays. The primary focus will be how Thoreau’s ideas were shaped by his experiences, observations, reflections, and discoveries in this community a century and a half ago. Participants will visit the spots where those experiences took place, examine the process of writing employed by Thoreau, and explore the deliberate choices he made to live ethically and responsibly as part of both human society and the natural environment.

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Project fields:
American Literature; American Studies; U.S. History

Landmarks of American History

Education Programs

$169,831 (approved)
$169,831 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2018 – 12/31/2019