NEH Landmarks Workshop 2019

National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop for Teachers

Living and Writing Deliberately:

The Concord Landscapes and Legacy of Henry Thoreau

Here is an opportunity to study Thoreau in his own hometown of Concord, Massachusetts. Participants will focus on how Thoreau’s ideas were shaped by his life in this New England community. We will visit the places where Thoreau’s experiences took place, examine his writing process, and explore the deliberate choices he made to live ethically and responsibly as part of both human society and the natural environment. Our investigation of and immersion in the historic landscapes of Thoreau’s Concord can bring an understanding of the man – his life and literature – that can only happen by being in those actual places.

Week One: July 14 – 19, 2019
Week Two: July 21 – 26, 2019

Concord Museum Concord, Massachusetts

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Henry D. Thoreau, 1898, plaster bust by Walton Rickerson, Concord Museum.

Thoreau’s desk, about 1838, Concord Museum. Thoreau used this desk at Walden Pond, and used it to write Walden and Civil Disobedience.

inscribed leaf

Inscribed Leaf, 1868, Sophia E. Thoreau, Concord Museum.