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Friday July 12, 2013, 1-2:30 PM, CFPL

Welcome to Workshop V, of the Thoreau Society’s 2013 Annual Conference

Thoreau’s Illustrated Atlas Project

(A continuation of my 2012 talk http://allanhschmidt2.wordpress.com/)

 

1. Thoreau’s exposure to surveying courses at Harvard (then and now)

During his initial year (1833) at Harvard College, Henry Thoreau was subjected to a “thorough course” of “Plane Trigonometry, Analytic Geometry, and Algebra with practical application to Heights and Distances, and Surveying and Navigation.”

This course on navigation is still being offered and happens now to be the longest continuously running subject-matter offered there! “It’s the most practical course you can take at Harvard,”

According to Dan Justicz ’91, alum, “You find your way by watching the movements of the sun and stars. You even construct your own navigation instruments. There’s a minimum of lecturing.”

Harvard Catalog 2013

Astronomy 2 – Celestial Navigation (2179)

Faculty of Arts and Sciences    Fall 2012-2013

Philip M. Sadler

S M T W T F S

Tuesday 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.; Tuesday 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.; Tuesday 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.; Tuesday 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Description: Never be lost again! Find your way on sea, land, or air by employing celestial and terrestrial techniques. Acquire expertise in using navigators’ tools (sextant, compass, and charts) while learning the steps to the celestial dance of the sun, moon, stars, and planets. This 108-year-old course (1905?) continues to rely on practical skills and collaborative problem-solving, while utilizing historical artifacts (instruments, maps, captains’ logs) and student-built devices. Culminating in a day-long cruise to practice navigation skills.

Credits: Half course

Location: Observatory A Building A-101, Observatory D Building Phillips Auditorium

2. Thoreau Surveying while living at Walden Pond (1845-1846)

http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Thoreau_surveys/133a.htm

http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Thoreau_surveys/133b.htm

map orientation

http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Gleason/Map_Large.jpg

3. Thoreau visits Brister’s Spring while traveling to Walden Pond

https://aschmidt01742.wordpress.com/2009/04/24/how-could-thoreau-not-have-known-or-did-he/

4. Thoreau’s trails and t-rails to Walden Pond

https://aschmidt01742.wordpress.com/2007/11/09/how-%E2%80%9Cthoreau%E2%80%99s-t-rail%E2%80%9D-got-its-name/

5. Surveying textbooks in Thoreau’s library include 1852 edition of Charles Davies Element of Surveying

http://books.google.com/books/reader?id=nJw9AAAAYAAJ&authuser=0&printsec=frontcover&output=reader&pg=GBS.PP3

Harvard 1851 edition originally published 1830; copy in CFPL is 1852 from Thoreau’s library

6. Thoreau’s surveying work after Walden Pond

http://allanhschmidt.wordpress.com/

7. Thoreau’s Field Notes of Surveys 1849-1861

http://allanhschmidt01742.wordpress.com/

Over 100 Land building Surveying products created by Thoreau 1839-1861

1. Isaac Watt’s Woodlot

http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Thoreau_surveys/135.htm

3. Emerson’s Woodlot & Meadow

http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Thoreau_surveys/33.htm

7. Sawmill Brook

http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Thoreau_surveys/34.htm

8. Haverhill

http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Thoreau_surveys/30.htm

10. Yellow House Lot

http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Thoreau_surveys/129.htm

13. Daniel Shattuck Cottage

http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Thoreau_surveys/108.htm

32. Barns

http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Thoreau_surveys/80a.htm

http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Thoreau_surveys/80b.htm

http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Thoreau_surveys/80c.htm

http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Thoreau_surveys/80d.htm

87. Lead pipe

http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Thoreau_surveys/84.htm

91. 94.  John B. Moore

https://aschmidt01742.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/survey-feb081853.jpg

http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Thoreau_surveys/94a.htm

04/1860 John B. Moore

http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Thoreau_Surveys/94b.htm

05/1860 Concord River

http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Thoreau_surveys/107a.htm

(see below)

10/1860 Multi-town

http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Thoreau_Surveys/23.htm

(see below)

8. Bronson Alcott suggests creation of an Illustrated Atlas by Thoreau according to Marcia Moss’ Catalog of Thoreau Surveys” published by the Thoreau Society as Booklet 28, Genesco New York, 1976

http://allanhschmidt1.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/mossbinder1.pdf

9. Louisa May Alcott negotiates purchase of Thoreau residence after his death

https://aschmidt01742.wordpress.com/2011/05/21/a-chronology-of-john-thoreau%E2%80%99s-yellow-house-lot-so-called-its-purchase-by-louisa-may-alcott/

10. Today’s trails to Walden Pond 

Town Forest Trail Map

 Amble Opening Invitation and Map (1)_Page_2

11. Map design for walkers today

NYC Pedestrian maps URL http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/25/nyregion/cant-find-north-new-york-pedestrian-maps-are-coming.html?emc=eta1

12. Thank TS (Mike Frederick) Thoreau Society and CFPL (Leslie Wilson the CFPL Special Collections Curator, & Caroline Nie, Head CFPL, Technical Services/Technology, and their staff for their resources and support.

Bio: 

Allan H. Schmidt formerly Executive Director of the Harvard Laboratory for Computer Graphics and a specialist in research, development and use of geographic information systems recently has explored the application of such technology to historical data.  He also serves as Chairman of The Mill Brook Task Force, a subcommittee of Concord’s Natural Resources Commission.

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