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“Concord, which is my Rome”: Henry Thoreau and His Home Town Exhibition

“Concord, which is my Rome”: Henry Thoreau and His Home Town exhibition and accompanying events will take place July 7 through October 30, 2017 at the Main Library.  Open to all.

Gala Opening occurred on Friday, July 14, 2017 at 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Our opening speaker was Laura Dassow Walls, William P. and Hazel B. White Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame, where she is also affiliated with the History and Philosophy of Science program. A noted Thoreau scholar, Professor Walls is a prolific author whose works include the forthcoming Henry David Thoreau: A Life (University of Chicago Press, 2017). In her talk, “Our True Paradise”: Thoreau’s Concord and the Ecstasy of the Commons, Professor Walls asks, could recovering Thoreau’s ideal of the commons renew our own vision of natural, political and cultural possibility—of the “true paradise” possessed by all?

The evening also included music from the Thoreau family flute books held by Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House (featuring flutist Judith Sherry Braude), refreshments, and an opportunity to view the exhibit. 

Programming continues in September and October with lectures by Elizabeth Hall Witherell, Robert Thorson, Robert Gross, and Robert Hudspeth. If you would like more information on the exhibit and related programming, see the library’s website at

Gallery Tours with Leslie Perrin Wilson

August 16th at 10:00 a.m.

September 9th at 10:00 a.m.

September 28th at 7:00 p.m.

October 2nd at 3:00 p.m.

If you would like to request a tour, please contact Special Collections staff at 978-318-3342.