Thoreau Animal Index Blitz

Organizer: The Walden Woods Project

Join the Walden Woods Project to co-create an index of all of the animals mentioned in Thoreau’s Journals! Like Ray Angelo’s Botanical Index, this will become a valuable resource to Thoreau scholars for years to come.

Reasons to join us:

Researchers around the world will benefit from this resource.
Everyone who contributes to the Animal Index will be recognized when it is completed and made public!
Hot chocolate, tea and goodies will be served.
Enjoy a cozy fire in the Walden Woods Project’s Great Hall!
You can come for as much—or little—as you are able!
Share some winter camaraderie with fellow Thoreauvians.
We only have 3-1/2 volumes left to index and we fully expect to finish at this Blitz! We are planning a champagne toast when we are done!
(If you can’t join us in person, there is the possibility of participating remotely—note on the registration form where it asks about remote participation.)

What can I expect at the Animal Index Blitz?

Each participant will be assigned a certain number of pages, depending on how much time they have, of Thoreau’s journal to read (accessed on-line).
As participants read, they will be asked to note any mention of an animal. We will provide instructions and a list of Frequently Asked Questions.
We have a limited number of desktop computers for participants to use; if you have a laptop, please bring it, so more people can participate at a time!

Be Well Writing Group

Looking for a dedicated writing group that gives helpful feedback and real encouragement? Meet us at Be Well Be Here in January to launch our inaugural Be Well Writing Group. Get master-level feedback from writing instructor, Concord Festival of Authors curator and published author, Lara Wilson, M.A. Discover your path to a writing life that feels centered and focused by exploring:

HOW to structure the Be Well Writing Group
WHAT craft element will be introduced at each meeting
WHO will be the published author to visit the group each month
WHERE your writing life can open to new ways of working
WHEN we will continue to meet during 2020
WHY your story matters!

Join us in January 2020 to BE part of the team that co-creates this writing group and determines next steps on the journey to literary satisfaction.

$45 for each session. Space is limited – register today!

Runs Thursday, January 2, 16 & 30 at 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Little Hands, Big Hearts: A Valentine Card Crafting Party – Hosted by the Auxiliary of Emerson Hospital

Valentine’s Day will soon be here! The Auxiliary of Emerson Hospital invites families with children ages 3-10 to participate in a free greeting card crafting event on Tuesday, January 28th. The drop-in event, “Little Hands, Big Hearts”, will take place in the Cheney Conference Room in the main building of Emerson Hospital between 3-5 PM. Children will have an opportunity to make special handmade cards that will be given to patients at the hospital on Valentine’s Day.

This is a wonderful opportunity for young children to have some creative fun and help brighten the spirits of people in our community who are hospitalized. All craft materials will be provided.

Bring your friends and family and have fun at this creative “giving back to the community” Valentine’s event. Although not required, registration is appreciated. Parking will be validated. All children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

For more information or to register, please visit