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Thoreau’s Flint: The Pond and the Farmer

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Rappaport Roof Terrace

deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

51 Sandy Pond Road

Lincoln, MA 01773

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Flint's, or Sandy Pond, in Lincoln, our greatest lake and inland sea, lies about a mile east of Walden. - Thoreau, Walden, “The Ponds” (1854)

Henry David Thoreau, as he liked to say, “traveled a good deal in Concord.” But he also traveled quite a bit in Lincoln, including to deCordova’s neighboring Flint’s Pond. “A walk through the woods thither was often my recreation,” he wrote in Walden.

Join world renowned Thoreau scholar Jeffrey S. Cramer, Curator of Collections at The Walden Woods Project’s Thoreau Institute Library, for a rooftop evening learning about the truths and myths around Henry David Thoreau’s other pond, and the “unclean and stupid farmer” who lived there.


Jeffrey S. Cramer is one of the world’s leading Thoreau scholars. He is the editor of The Portable Thoreau and The Quotable Thoreau, as well as multiple Thoreau works for Yale University Press, including the award-winning Walden: A Fully Annotated Edition. USA Today said "Cramer's side notes are like short, illuminating conversations." Jim Flemming, of Wisconsin Public Radio, said that he “lives and breathes Thoreau. He may know more about the bard at Walden Pond than anyone else alive." He has appeared on various radio and television programs, including "On Point with Tom Ashbrook," WUMB-Boston's Commonwealth Journal, Wisconsin Public Radio's "To the Best of Our Knowledge," and C-SPAN's Book-TV, and is a consultant on the new Ken Burns-produced film for the Walden Pond Visitor Center.

This program is organized in conjunction with the 2017 world-wide Thoreau Bicentennial celebration and co-sponsored by The Walden Woods Project.

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Lincoln, MA 01773

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