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Grant of the Week: Thoreau Society Marjorie Harding Memorial Fellowship

Karen Lou | Feb 4, 2020

Every week, Perspectives Daily showcases a new grant, fellowship, or scholarship that has been posted to our free community calendar. This week we are featuring the Thoreau Society's Marjorie Harding Memorial Fellowship. 


The Thoreau Society is pleased to announce the fifth annual Marjorie Harding Memorial Fellowship, generously funded by the Harding family. The fellowship honors the life and legacy of Marjorie Brook Harding, who worked diligently to bring together the Thoreau Society, the Walden Woods Project, and SUNY Geneseo so as to advance Thoreau studies and conservation of Thoreau Country and to keep alive the legacy of Walter Harding, Marjorie's husband, widely known as the dean of Thoreau studies. The fruits of this labor can be seen in the Digital Thoreau Project ( and in the annual Walter Harding Lecture Series at SUNY Geneseo.

The Thoreau Society welcomes applications from emerging and established scholars whose work advances Thoreau scholarship or draws on Thoreau's biography and writings to contribute to related fields (Thoreau's circle, Transcendentalism, civil disobedience and social justice, environmentalism and conservation, among other topics). The society also welcomes proposals from teachers, creative artists, and Thoreau enthusiasts.

Preference will be given to proposals that make use of the Walter Harding Collection or other collections at the Thoreau Institute Library in Lincoln, Massachusetts. The committee will consider proposals that target other archives and resources in the greater Boston area. (Thoreau Society Collections are described here:


The 2020 Marjorie Harding Memorial Fellow will receive an award of $1,000 for travel and Thoreau-related research in the greater Boston area, plus free attendance at the 2020 Thoreau Society Annual Gathering in Concord. (Attendance at the Annual Gathering is not required and will not be factored into the fellowship committee's evaluation.)

End: March 1, 2020

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