July 23: This Day in History

The Concord Museum offers so many lessons about our history.

Did you know significance of July 23?

On July 23, 1846, Henry David Thoreau spent a night in the Concord Jail. Learn more about the story behind Thoreau’s arrest and how it sparked his essay “Civil Disobedience” in this week’s edition of History at Home presented by the Concord Museum!


Upon leaving Walden Pond to run an errand, Henry David Thoreau was unexpectedly arrested by the local constable. In this two minute video, join Curator David Wood as he narrates the story of Thoreau’s arrest for non-payment of the poll tax in July of 1846.


Thoreau’s night in the Concord jail sparked his writing of “Civil Disobedience” which left an indelible mark on history through its influence on movements for nonviolent change.  Curatorial Associate Erica Lome gives us a closer look at the lock and key used to hold Thoreau in his cell that night in a two-minute video, sign up to watch it.


History at Home: Learn about Thoreau’s night in the Concord Jail in 1846 and how it sparked his subsequent essay, “Civil Disobedience.”

This week’s Family Activity is “Use Your Voice” which encourages kids to stand up for a cause they believe in!

Sign up for this lesson and more through the History at Home, offered by The Concord Museum