Tnamurya was the anagram Ralph Waldo Emerson used to reference his Aunt Mary (Mary Moody) in his journals. During a residency last Spring in Concord, MA, I met with the conservators and program directors of The Trustees of Massachusetts to research a new collection and installation. The Old Manse is most notable for the house where Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote Nature and Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote Mosses On The Old Manse. The home is on the site where the American revolution began.
I have focused on the women who either lived there or influenced these writers and the generations of children reared here, including Mary Moody, Sophia Hawthorne, Sarah Alden Bradford Ripley, and Margaret Fuller.