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The Thoreau Institute
The Thoreau Institute is the headquarters for the Walden Woods Project, and also a library providing the most comprehensive body of Thoreau-related material available in one place.

On the Lokashakti Network since:
Monday, 25 July 2011

Year founded: 1998

Alternately / formerly known as:
The Walden Woods Project

Location:
44 Baker Farm Rd.
Lincoln, Massachusetts 01773
United States

Phone: 1 781 259 4707

The Thoreau Institute on:

Type of network resource:
  • Library / Bookstore / Infoshop
  • Historical Marker

Issues addressed:
  • Peace / Nonviolence
  • Civil Rights / Civil Liberties
  • Voting / Participatory Government
  • Indigenous Rights
  • Environmental Justice

Description

The Thoreau Institute
The Thoreau Institute is the headquarters for the Walden Woods Project, and also a library and center for research and education. Work at the Thoreau Institute focuses on Henry David Thoreau’s literary achievements, philosophy and his influence on the environmental and social movements of the 20th and 21st centuries.

The campus is comprised of three primary structures situated on twenty-two acres of conservation land in the heart of Walden Woods. The largest building on site is the 12,000 square ft. Higginson House, which serves as the headquarters of the Walden Woods Project. The house was constructed in 1906 by the philanthropist and founder of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Henry Lee Higginson, as a retreat for his son. Such notable people as the founder of the Sheraton Hotel chain, Ernest Henderson, and descendants of Presidents John and John Quincy Adams have lived in the house.

The Walden Woods Project submitted the Higginson House for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. It was listed in 2006. Thoreau came each year to pick huckleberries and blueberries and to visit Beech Spring on the property.

The Thoreau Institute is owned and managed by the Walden Woods Project. The Institute provides the most comprehensive body of Thoreau-related material available in one place. The Thoreau Institute library (“The Henley Library”) holds more than 60,000 items that include books, manuscripts, periodicals, art, music, maps, pamphlets, correspondence, and personal histories. We are honored to be the designated repository for a number of important collections, including the extensive collections of the Thoreau Society. It is the mission of the library to collect, preserve and make available research materials relating to Thoreau, his historical context, and his contemporary relevance to human-rights and environmental issues. Our growing collection serves as a vital resource for Thoreau scholars from around the world, as well as for students and teachers locally.

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