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August 2017

Thoreau’s Wildflowers and Animals

August 2, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Boston Athenæum, 10 ½ Beacon Street
Boston, MA United States
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Many of the most vivid writings in Henry David Thoreau’s journals were inspired by the plants and animals that inhabit the sprawling fields, forests, and wetlands of Concord and nearby communities. An inveterate year-round rambler and keen and thoughtful observer, Thoreau wrote frequently about these creatures, faithfully recording each sighting or encounter with the accuracy of a scientist and the deep spirituality of a transcendentalist and mystic. In this lecture, GEOFF WISNER will present Thoreau’s profound spirituality and belief in the…

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