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Tourism Office Unveils Map of Thoreau’s Concord: a Transcendental Journey in Massachusetts
Bay State visitors encouraged to journey beyond Walden Pond for an immersive visit to Concord sites honoring the life and works of the beloved author
Boston, MA (September 18, 2017) – In honor of Henry David Thoreau’s 200th birthday in 2017, the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) has created a special itinerary of must-see literary attractions and inspirational places throughout historic Concord.  It charts the places where Thoreau was born, raised and inspired to create some of America’s most compelling literature, and includes the homes and gathering spots of famous Concord writers including the Alcott family, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Thoreau’s Concord: A Transcendental Journey in Massachusetts features a map with descriptions of 14 stops across historic Concord. Each stop has been classified as a space for outdoor adventure, a historic home, or farm-to-table dining experience. Points of interest in the Concord area are easily accessible by car, bike or on foot, making navigation easy for visitors to the region.  Thoreau’s Concord is available to view and download at massvacation.com.

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Thoreau Farm, the birthplace of Henry David Thoreau and stop along the MOTT Thoreau’s Concord itinerary, shares grounds with the Thoreau Society, an organization whose mission is to preserve Thoreau’s life, works, and legacy
 

“This itinerary honoring Concord’s most famous authors is a nod to Massachusetts’ rich literary roots,” says Francois-Laurent Nivaud, executive director of Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism. “By creating meaningful interactions and immersive travel opportunities for visitors, this is a perfect example of how tourists and industry partners can engage with one another to celebrate our story.”A highlight of the Thoreau itinerary is the Concord Museum, which unveils a special exhibit entitled, This Ever New Self: Thoreau and His Journal, on display from September 29 through January 21, 2018.  The exhibit features the most comprehensive collection of Thoreau’s journals, manuscripts and personal effects, giving insight into his development as a writer and thinker.

The museum also has a permanent exhibit called Authors of Concord, and is featuring a selection of art – from impressionistic paintings to enhanced photography – of Thoreau’s most famous subject, Walden Pond.  This summer the museum showcased its newly developed, interactive video game for young visitors seeking an insider experience at Thoreau’s cabin on Walden Pond.

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The Concord Museum’s permanent Authors of Historic Concord exhibit is featured in the MOTT’s Thoreau’s Concord and showcases artifacts from Henry David Thoreau’s Walden Pond experiment from 1845 through 1847
 

Margaret Burke, executive director of the Concord Museum, explained, “We are excited to reunite – in his hometown – Henry David Thoreau’s personal items and journals. Nearly two centuries after his birth, we are just beginning to appreciate the enormous impact he had on our culture, our thinking, and our appreciation of the world. We are proud to share those insights with the people of Massachusetts and with visitors from around the world.”

In addition to the 14-stop Concord itinerary, Thoreau’s Concord: a Transcendental Journey in Massachusetts references other places of interest to Thoreau fans, including Boston, Cambridge and Cape Cod.

Written in 1854, Thoreau’s Walden has influenced generations of readers while also creating a foundation for the conservation movement across the United States.   The Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation oversees the Walden Pond State Reservation, which includes a new Visitor Center and a replica of Thoreau’s cabin.  Walden Pond is open year round.

For visitor information about Concord and surrounding cities and towns, go to Greater Merrimack Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau.  For details on visiting Massachusetts any time of year, go to MassVacation.com.

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 About the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism: MOTT’s mission is to promote Massachusetts as both a leisure and business travel destination for domestic and international markets and to contribute to the growth of the Commonwealth’s economy. MOTT works closely with 16 regional tourism councils across the state, and with larger tourism alliances such as Discover New England and BrandUSA.

This Ever New Self: Thoreau and His Journal, Concord Museum, Concord, Massachusetts
September 29, 2017 through January 21, 2018.
For more information about the exhibit and related “BE THOREAU” programs. www.concordmuseum.org. 978-369-9763