Henry David Thoreau’s geological specimen boxes are taken out of the new Thoreau gallery for an up-close look at the boxes, made by Thoreau and filled with specimen previously thought to have been collected by Rev. Joseph Osgood. Harvard professor Reed Gochberg shares her research that indicates the collection instead belonged to Ellen Sewall, one-time love interest and life-long friend of Thoreau.
This program is an event of the Cummings Davis Society, which provides opportunities for those interested in American decorative arts and material culture to explore the Museum’s collection and support acquisition and conservation. All are welcome!