David F. Wood, Curator, Concord Museum, Concord, Massachusetts
Every private journal tells the story of a self, and Henry David Thoreau kept one of the most faithful, thoughtful, and provocative journals in American history. His everyday companion, the journal was an essential tool for mindful living, and grist for one of the world’s most influential books—Walden, or Life in the Woods. Two hundred years after Thoreau’s birth, his thoughts on the value of introspection, simple living, and self‐sufficiency continue to challenge and inspire us. David Wood, curator of This Ever New Self: Thoreau and his Journal, will discuss how the first major exhibition devoted to the life of one of America's most influential citizens will bring contemporary audiences face to face with a man whose life continues to impact our modern world.
Fee Free, but registration required
Offered by the Arnold Arboretum and JP Reads
This Ever New Self, a joint exhibition with The Morgan Library & Museum, New York will be on view at the Concord Museum, September 29, 2017–January 21, 2018.