About Us

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The Thoreau Society, Inc.
Shop at Walden Pond
915 Walden Street, Concord, MA 01742
Questions? Contact us by phone or email, 978-287-5477 | info@shopatwaldenpond.org

The Shop at Walden Pond is located at Walden Pond State Reservation, across the street from historic Walden Pond, where Henry D. Thoreau, the great American philosopher and writer, spent two years, two months, and two days in a cabin he built and where he supported himself by manual labor. The Shop is located at the Walden Pond Visitor's Center. Our staff is on hand to answer your questions.

The Thoreau Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. There are members in all 50 U.S. states and 21 other countries around the globe, including: Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom.

Our Mission: to stimulate interest in and foster education about Thoreau's life, works, legacy, and his place in his world and in ours, challenging all to live a deliberate, considered life.

Our Vision: The Thoreau Society keeps Thoreau's writings and ideas alive around the globe and across generations.

Organizational Goals:
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To encourage research on Thoreau's life and works, and to act as a repository for Thoreau-related materials
-To educate the public about Thoreau's ideas and their application to contemporary life
-To preserve Thoreau's legacy and advocate for the preservation of Thoreau country

The Thoreau Society Main Office: The Thoreau Society's main office is located at the birth house of Henry D. Thoreau (341 Virginia Road, Concord MA), near Minute Man National Historical Park. The Society leases its office space from the Thoreau Farm Trust

Concord, MA: where the American War for Independence began on April 19, 1775, was also home to the "second American Revolution," a revolution of ideas. Learn more about the Concord authors, including:
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)
Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

Publications of The Thoreau Society: Established in 1941, the Thoreau Society has long contributed to the dissemination of knowledge about Thoreau by collecting books, manuscripts, and artifacts relating to Thoreau and his contemporaries, by encouraging the use of its collections, and by publishing two periodicals, The Thoreau Society Bulletin and the Concord Saunterer: A Journal of Thoreau Studies.

Library Collections of The Thoreau Society: The Thoreau Society archives are housed at the Walden Woods Project's Thoreau Institute in Lincoln, MA. This repository includes the collections of Walter Harding and Raymond Adams, two of the foremost authorities on Thoreau and founders of the Thoreau Society; and those of Roland Robbins, who uncovered Thoreau's Walden house site.

Membership in The Thoreau Society: Thoreau Society members represent a wide range of professions, interests, cities, and towns across the United States and around the world. They are connected by the conviction that Henry D. Thoreau had important things to say and crucial questions to ask that remain just as significant in our time as they were in his. Through its programs, publications, and projects, the Thoreau Society is committed to exploring Thoreau's observations on living with the self, society and nature, and encouraging people to think about how they live their lives. Join us.