Walden, revisited

Walden, revisited in The Square
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On View Jan 17, 2015 - Jun 07, 2015
Exhibition Location: The Square

Henry David Thoreau’s cabin served as the physical structure that protected the writer during his time at Walden Pond, but over time, it has come to symbolize much more. In The Square this season, visitors are invited to explore the ideas behind the cabin Thoreau built and lived in for two years, two months, and two days at Walden Pond in the 1840s. Step inside deCordova's life-size model to converse with friends and family, add personal thoughts on living simply to a growing pinecone cairn, and discover why Thoreau and his cabin are still powerful educational tools, locally and beyond.

Featured in this educational exhibit is a collaboration with five students from the Rivers and Revolutions program at Concord-Carlisle High School. During the fall semester, these students identified five cabin replicas in the surrounding area that were built and used for educational purposes. The students researched the sites, conducted interviews with the educators who constructed or uses the cabins, and photo-documented each replica for a display in The Square.


Special thanks to fall 2014 Rivers and Revolutions:
stewards: Aidan Ernesti, Margaret Gill, Tim McCormack, Alex McNulty, and Faizal Westcott
teacher coordinator: Matt Goldberg

Thank you to the following collaborators, whose participation has enriched the Learning and Engagement initiatives for Walden, revisited:
Carroll School, Concord Free Public Library, Concord Museum, Lincoln Land Conservation Trust, Lincoln Nursery School, Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, Plymouth Archaeological Project, Rivers and Revolutions Program at Concord-Carlisle High School, The Thoreau Society, Walden Pond State Reservation, and Walden Woods Project and Thoreau Institute


The Square hours:

Monday–Friday, 10 am–4:30pm
Saturday–Sunday, 10 am–5:30 pm