Beneath New Hampshire’s cultural story is a compelling geological narrative of hot granite succotash; postglacial prying of the resulting rock by frost; the undignified engineered life support for the “Great Stone Face” before its liberating collapse; and poetic, transcendent reflections from the shore of a kettle pond far less famous than of Thoreau’s Walden. Professor Thorson’s talk will embrace what he calls “cultural geology,” the fusion of pre-history and modern identity. In 2002, Dr. Thorson’s academic career took an unexpected turn after publication of Stone by Stone: The Magnificent History of New England’s Stone Walls. Within a year, the accidental writer has also become an accidental journalist as a regular contributor to the Hartford Courant’s Place, and other newspapers and magazines. His book titles demonstrate his current fascinations: Exploring Stone Walls; Stone Wall Secrets (coauthored with Kristine Thornson); and Beyond Walden: The Hidden History of America’s Kettle Lakes and Ponds; and Walden to Wobegon. Professor Thorson lives in southern New England.