Earth Press Project: Witness Exhibition

The public is invited to contribute to a collaborative sculptural art at Minute Man National Park project that invites participants to respond, in one single word, to an online prompt: “What change would you like to witness on this Earth?”

Minute Man National Historical Park in partnership with The Umbrella Community Arts Center presents Earth Press Project: Witness, a collaborative public art project with Artist-in-Residence Nancy Winship Milliken Studio. Earth Press Project: Witness is a large-scale community generated sculpture made of earthen blocks imprinted with the public’s responses that will be on view September 1 – November 1, 2019 outside the Minute Man Visitor Center, Lexington, MA. A declaration of witnessing change, this project invites public engagement and dialogue around current challenges facing our earth.
Earth Press Project: Witness brings the land, history and resources of the Minute Man National Historical Park together with the artists and expertise of The Umbrella, and has co-evolved to include additional regional partners such as Reflex Letterpress (MA), Building Heritage (VT), and Terra Collaborative (VT). As a pilot Artist-in-Residence program, Witness seeks to bring more art that engages the community to the Park. Using art to carry our stories and bridge our past with our future, these imprinted words will reflect our individual and collective hopes for our shared future.

Throughout the summer leading up to the exhibition opening, members of the public are invited to submit their one-word responses at Nancy Winship Milliken Studio’s website at

For more information about the installation and related programs taking place throughout the fall, see

An Evening with Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau was a frequent visitor to the Old Manse, whether it was to visit a friend or work on land as he did in 1842 with the help of to create a vegetable garden for the Hawthornes. On August 28, Brent Ranalli will bring Thoreau back to the Old Manse for an hour-long performance. Thoreau will share tidbits about his writing career, read a few of his favorite pieces, and then invite questions from the audience. Don’t miss your chance to see Thoreau brought to life and to have your questions answered!

Brent Ranalli has been performing as Henry David Thoreau since 2018. He has performed in grade schools and libraries and college classrooms, for Road Scholar and the Thoreau Institute, and at Walden Pond and the Old Manse in Concord. He is a member of SoloTogether, Boston’s association of living history performers. Brent is also an experienced Thoreau scholar; his writings about Thoreau’s life and times and ideas have appeared in the Concord Saunterer, the Thoreau Society Bulletin, TELOSscope, the Fortnightly Review, and Basic Income Studies. Brent serves as editor of the Thoreau Society Bulletin. His website is

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