Henry David Thoreau is a great American essayist, philosopher, naturalist, abolitionist, tax resister, poet, and historian. His 2-year experiment in living simply yielded the ever-popular Walden, and his brilliant and powerful essay Civil Disobedience is as relevant today as when he penned it in 1849 (after spending a night in jail for failure to pay the state poll tax).
Mr. Thoreau will visit the library to discuss his life, work, and views on the role of man, nature, and governments. He will honor us with a reading of portions of Civil Disobedience. We understand he enjoys cake, too, so we’ll provide one.
Please stop by to help celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Thoreau!
Historian Richard Smith has been portraying Thoreau for over 18 years. Photo: Liz West.