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Henry David Thoreau Remembered at the Holliston Historical Society

by Paul Saulnier
December 17, 2017

History has been a mixed bag for Thoreau. Outcast. Eccentric. Environmentalist.

Town Historian Joanne Hulbert, below left, introduced Gloria Greis, Executive Director of the Needham Historical Society. Greis holds a PhD in Anthropology and has held many positions in the archaeology and anthropology fields.

Greis presented an impressive review of Henry David Thoreau's life in mid 18th Century Concord and Walden Woods area.

Thoreau lived a very simple life while observing nature through the seasons and tried to make sense of it all. He collected artifacts left by the Indians that occupied the area before him. By living alone for two years he tried to make sense of society.

Thoreau built a cabin (a recreation pictured here) that was to be his home for two years, two months and two days.

Hulbert passed out copies of some of her favorite quotes from Thoreau's notes and books:

All good things are wild and free.

Never look back, unless you are planning to go that way.

Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them all.

And, my favorite,

I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.

 

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Comments (2)

So mad that I missed this. HHS - keep the great programs coming! !!

- Theresa Lamkin | 12/23/17 6:25 PM

Henry lived the life I desire but I have too much stuff like computer, tablet and Alexa rule me.

- jean morrissey | 12/17/17 7:55 AM

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