Thoreau Leave No Trace Trail Guide (Boy Scouts of America)
Follow in Henry David Thoreau's footsteps around Concord! Established in 2017, this 10-mile trail was the result of cooperation between the Boy Scouts of America's Spirit of Adventure Council, Concord Scout House, The Thoreau Society, Thoreau Farm Birthplace, and the Town of Concord Division of Natural Resources. This fold-out guide with map follows the route to 25 sites of importance in Thoreau's life and work. Boy Scouts can earn a Thoreau Leave No Trace medal and patch by completing this hike in uniform and completing the required fees and questionnaire. Non-Scouts can certainly follow the trail, too.
Shop at Walden Pond Reusable Cloth Bag
Save the planet by taking along your own bags! These cloth bags are durable and have flat bottoms so that they can stand up straight while holding your valuables. Each one carries The Thoreau Society logo and "The Shop at Walden Pond." Comes in navy blue with silver printing, or forest green with gold printing.
"Live Deliberately" Thoreau Quote Cloth Wristband
A constant reminder to "live deliberately." This cloth wristband is made of soft eco-friendly and biodegradable bamboo fabric. It has a bamboo barrel lock made from 50%
less plastic than a standard barrel lock. Be as careful as you are deliberate, though -- because this wristband cannot be removed once the lock is fastened, unless you cut it off your wrist. Recommended for adults only.
Walden Pond State Reservation Walking Stick Medallion
You asked for them, and we're delivering! Here is a walking stick medallion that carries the name "Walden Pond State Reservation" and the image of Henry David Thoreau's house at Walden. The design was crafted by a master engraver. Each medallion is stamped, cut, and hand painted. A rolling process curves each one so that it can fit on a walking stick. Each medallion measures about 1.5 x 1.75 inches and includes four small nails for attaching to the wood. From our friends at Hike America.
The Great Outdoors Games & Puzzles - Helene Hovanec & Patrick Merrell
Bring the outdoors inside with 100 mazes, word games, picture puzzles, jokes and riddles, brainteasers, and fun-packed activities. Buckley the Beaver and Daffodil the Duck will help guide you in these adventuresome activities. A beginning puzzle book for ages 6 and up.
Storey Publishing, 2007. Paperback, 144 pp.
Walden Pond State Reservation Trail Map Bandanna
The Walden Pond State Reservation trail map has been reproduced on this fun bandanna! The hunter green cloth measures about 20 inches square, and its cream-colored print shows the position of the pond, the trails, and the nearby roads. Now you can carry a little bit of Walden in your pocket.
Soma Cube Wood Puzzle with Thoreau Society Logo
This soma cube contains seven pieces, which can be manipulated to make a cube in 240 ways. Additional shapes can be made, too. invented by Danish mathematician Piet Hein in 1936. Instruction sheet provided. Measures three inches square. Our cubes are laser engraved with The Thoreau Society cabin logo on one wood side. Wood grains and colors may vary. From our friends at Creative Crafthouse.
The Thoreau Society Stationery Set
This set contains 12 sheets of special Thoreau-related stationery, along with 10 envelopes. Each sheet features a Walden cabin scene at the top and a Thoreau portrait at the bottom. Each sheet is also watermarked with a faint reproduction of a letter written by Henry D. Thoreau himself, complete with his signature. Each sheet measures about 5.25 x 8.75 inches. What a special gift for the Thoreau fan! Exclusively designed for The Thoreau Society by our friends at the Marble Faun Books & Gifts.
The Gift: How the Creative Spirit Transforms the World - Lewis Hyde
A life-changing defense of the value of creative labor. Drawing on examples from folklore and literature, history and tribal customs, economics and modern copyright law, Lewis Hyde demonstrated how our society -- governed by the marketplace -- is poorly equipped to determine the worth of artists' work. He shows us another way -- the alternative economy of the gift, which allows creations and ideas to circulate freely, rather than hoarding them as commodities. An essential book for anyone who has ever given or received a work of art.
Vintage Books, 2019. Third edition. Paperback, 435 pp.
Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction - Mary Ellen Hannibal
Mary Ellen Hannibal has long reported on scientists' efforts to protect vanishing species, but it was only through citizen science that she found she could take action herself. As she wades into tide pools, spots hawks, and scours mountains, she discovers the power of the heroic volunteers who are helping scientists measure -- and even slow -- today's unprecedented mass extinction. Citizen science may be the future of large-scale field research -- and our planet's last, best hope.
The Experiment, 2016. Paperback, 421 pp.
Henry David Thoreau Portrait Socks (one pair)
What fun! Now you can take Henry Thoreau wherever you go and let people know ... or not. This pair of black standard-size socks carries Thoreau's face on both sides. The moisture-wick fabric is made of quick-dry acrylic with odor blocker fibers. The socks have reinforced elastic and double-padded heels. They fit women's sizes 8.5 and up, and men's sizes 7 through 13. Heaven is under our feet, as well as over our heads. (Many thanks to Shop staffer Richard Smith for modeling them.)
The Other "Hermit" of Thoreau's Walden Pond: The Sojourn of Edmond Stuart Hotham - Terry Barkley
In November 1868, a young theological student from New York City arrived in Concord, Massachusetts. Edmond Hotham had never visited the place before, and he immediately began preparations to pursue the "wild life." He met Henry Thoreau's friend, poet William Ellery Channing, who likely introduced Edmond to Ralph Waldo Emerson. Emerson gave the man permission to build his "Earth-cabin" on the Walden Pond property, as Thoreau had. This sojourn was the first and only time someone emulated Thoreau's experiment in simplicity at the initial site. Edmond built his house along the same shoreline as Thoreau's, and lived here for six months during the winter of 1868-1869. This book is the first lengthy study on Edmond Hotham.
Savas Beatie, 2019. Hardcover, 120 pp.
Confluence: Harpers Ferry as Destiny - Dennis E. Frye, Catherine Magi Oliver
Offers a history of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, that is both sweeping and intimate. Discover the national dramas that have converged at this place. Slavery and the quest for freedom. War, expansion, and revolution. Natural disaster upon natural disaster, and the enduring human spirit that has refused to relinquish hope. Published in honor of the 75th anniversary of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Highly illustrated.
Harpers Ferry Park Association, 2019. Paperback, 225 pp.
Wood Travel Chess Set with Thoreau Society Logo
A nice little travel chess set made of wood, complete with a lid for safe keeping. The pieces fit sturdily into the holes. Measures five inches square. Our copies are laser engraved with The Thoreau Society cabin logo on the top of the lid. Wood grains and colors may vary. From our friends at Creative Crafthouse.
Wood Dominoes Set with Thoreau Society Logo
A 28-piece double set of wood dominoes, contained in their own box with lid. Primary colors mark the spots. Set measures 7.75 x 5 inches. Our edition features The Thoreau Society laser engraved on the box lid. Wood grains and colors may vary. From our friends at Creative Crafthouse.
The Thoreau Society Dip Pen & Ink Set
Write in the style of Henry David Thoreau and his friends! Here is a dip pen and nib, along with a half-ounce bottle of black ink. A fun set for any writer you know. Packaged exclusively for The Thoreau Society by our friends at The Marble Faun Books & Gifts.
Walden Pond Youth Hat
Cool and colorful "bucket" hats for the younger set! Each one features "Walden Pond" paired with Thoreau's minnow drawing embroidered on the front. 100% cotton, and one size fits most. Take your choice of blue, red, or green.
Thoreau Portrait Woodcut Print - Anton Kumankov
A matted woodcut portrait of Henry David Thoreau, as created by acclaimed Russian artist Anton Kumankov (1958-2010). A biographical summary accompanies this matted print, which also comes with a stamp of authenticity signed by the artist's elder half-brother and art agent, Nikita Pokrovsky. The woodcut illustration measures about 3 x 4 inches. Matted size is about 10 x 13 inches.
Little Women: The Official Movie Companion - Gina Mcintyre
Go behind the screens in the making of the Little Women movie of 2019, directed by Greta Gerwig. Learn about the history of Louisa May Alcott's classic work, and the vision that brought her characters to life. See how the film was made with this insider's guide packed with cast and crew interviews, photos of the real-life locations that were transformed into iconic sets for the film, and stories from behind the camera.
Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2019. Hardcover, 186 pp.
"If I am not I, who will be?" T-Shirt with Thoreau Quote and Portrait
A short-sleeved t-shirt carrying the image of one of the 1856 daguerreotypes of Henry David Thoreau, along with this quote from A Week on the Concord and Merrimacks Rivers: "If I am not I, who will be?" Exactly. Made of 100% cotton: soft, thin, and organic. Cut a bit slimmer than most unisex shirts. In stunning black.
Rediscovering the Maine Woods: Thoreau's Legacy in an Unsettled Land - John J. Kucich, ed.
A collection of 11 essays that offer new perspectives on conservation, the cultural ties that connect Native comunities to the land, and the profound influence the geography of the Maine Woods had on Henry David Thoreau and writers and activists who followed in his wake. Contents: "Rediscovering the Maine Woods" / John J. Kucich ; "Crossing Moosehead Lake" / Chris Sockalexis ; "Undercurrents" / Stan Tag ; "The Maine Woods Rhomboid" / Robert M. Thorson ; "'Some Star's Surface': Thoreau in the Maine Woods" / Laura Dassow Walls ; "Sublime Matter: Materiality and Language in Thoreau's 'Ktaadn'" / Melissa Sexton ; "Eating Moose: Thoreau, Regional Cuisine, and National Identity" / Kathryn Cornell Dolan ; "Pilgrimages and Working Forests: Envisioning the Commons in The Maine Woods" / James S. Finley ; "Multiple Use and Its Discontents: Popular Conservation Writing in the Maine Woods a Century after Thoreau" / Dale Potts ; "Thoreau's Maine Woods and the Problem of Wildness" / Richard W. Judd ; "Carrying Place: Penobscot Language, Land, and Memory" / James Francis.
Finding Thoreau: The Meaning of Nature in the Making of an Environmental Icon - Richard W. Judd
Traces the reception of Henry Thoreau's work from the time of his death to his ascendancy as an environmental icon in the 1970s, revealing insights into American culture's conception of the environment. Moving decade by decade through this period, Judd unveils a cache of commentary from intellectuals, critics, and journalists to demonstrate the dynamism in the idea of nature, as Americans defined and redefined the organic world around them amidst shifting intellectual, creative, and political forces. Tells the captivating story of one writer's rise from obscurity to fame through a cultural reappraisal of the work he left behind. This book was reviewed in Thoreau Society Bulletin 306, Summer 2019, pp. 10-11.
University of Massachusetts Press, 2018. Paperback, 217 pp.
Walden House "I went to the woods" Poster - Marianne Orlando
rendering of Thoreau's Walden house, with the quote "I went to the
woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential
facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and
not when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." A poster created by local artist Marianne Orlando. Measures 16 x 20 inches. This design is also available as a notecard.
Backgammon Set in Folding Wood Box with Thoreau Society Logo
backgammon board is set in a deep box that folds with brass hinges and closes with four sets of magnets. The Thoreau Society cabin logo is engraved on the cover. Measures about 12.25 x 12 x 1.25 inches when opened. Weighs about 1 lb 11 oz. Wood grains and colors may vary. From our friends at
Creative Crafthouse and their Thailand family shop.