Thoreau’s message of awareness

On Dec. 11, 1860, an ailing Henry David Thoreau delivered the last public lecture of his career to an audience at the Hotchkiss Block building in Waterbury, Conn.

Author and Great Mountain Forest board member David Leff gave a lecture about Thoreau’s last lecture at the Douglas Library in North Canaan on Saturday, May 11.

The Great Mountain Forest is in Falls Village and Norfolk.

Waterbury was a boom town at the time, he said. The metals industry had created great wealth, and Thoreau was speaking to the captains of Waterbury industry.

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