12:30pm – 2:30pm Visit with Henry David Thoreau portrayed by historian Richard Smith. Discuss the issues of the day and ask Mr. Thoreau your questions about the night he spent in jail in 1846 for not paying his poll tax, an act which inspired his famous essay. This program is for visitors of all ages.
At 1:30pm Mr. Thoreau will lead visitors to the Tsongas Art Gallery at park headquarters where Thoreau Scholar, Thomas Blanding, will lead an engaging discussion on the writing of Thoreau’s essay, Civil Disobedience. Learn how Martin Luther King Jr., inspired by Thoreau’s essay used the concept of civil disobedience during the civil rights movement. Additional historic and present day examples of civil disobedience will be introduced during the discussion.
Sponsored by the Friends of Walden Pond, an activity of the Thoreau Society www.thoreausociety.org and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.
This is a free program but there is a $5.00 daily parking fee. Pre-registration is not required. No dogs permitted, unless they are working guides.
For more information call park staff at (978) 369-3254.