Thoreau to speak at Historical Society program

___ Smith as Henry David Thoreau  -- Courtesy photo

Submitted by the Bedford Historical Society

The Bedford Historical Society’s April program on Wednesday evening, April 24 will feature historical interpreter Richard Smith as Henry David Thoreau.  The meeting will begin with refreshments at 7 pm in the Bedford Library Meeting Room.  After a short business meeting at 7:30 pm, Thoreau will come to life.  The public is invited to attend this free lecture.

Richard Smith began researching Thoreau’s life 15 years ago.  After moving to Concord in 1999, he continued studying Thoreau and about 10 years ago began performances as an historical interpreter.  He has successfully performed as Thoreau throughout New England and around the country.  For his presentation to the Bedford Historical Society, he will describe Thoreau’s life, read Thoreau’s famous “Walking” essay, and will welcome questions.

Smith frequently appears at Walden Pond, where Thoreau lived for more than two years (1845 -1847).  He also performs as Thoreau in other locations where Thoreau visited.  He has performed public readings of Thoreau’s essays for libraries, historical societies and church groups.


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