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July 2020

Concert – A Second of July Celebration of the Women’s Suffrage Centennial

July 2, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual
Free

https://youtu.be/-piH2OVS3Sk John Adams—the father of American independence if ever there was one—predicted that “the Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival.” The second of July is the day the Continental Congress adopted Richard Henry Lee’s resolution “that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States . . .…

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August 2020

Video Lunch Bite – Mapping Revolutionary New York

August 15, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Virtual
Free
Detail of "A Map of the Province of New York, with Part of Pensilvania, and New England" from our library collection.

https://youtu.be/0x7MgukEDmQ   Join historian Kieran O’Keefe for a discussion of eighteenth-century mapmaking, focusing on a 1775 map of New York. Based on a survey by British military engineer John Montresor, the map depicts New York and parts of neighboring colonies, and includes the topography of the Hudson highlands and the Hudson-Lake Champlain corridor, a region heavily contested during the Revolutionary War.

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January 2021

Virtual Author’s Talk – America’s First Veterans

January 13, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual
Free

Executive Director Jack Warren discusses America’s First Veterans, the new book from the American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati. Using eighty-five manuscripts, rare books, prints, broadsides, paintings and other artifacts, America’s First Veterans introduces the stories of the men—and some women—who bore arms in the Revolutionary War. The book follows their fate in the seventy years after the war’s end and traces the development of public sentiment that led to the first comprehensive military pensions in our history.…

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February 2021

Virtual Author’s Talk – The Cabinet: Washington and the Creation of an American Institution

February 24, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual
Free
Lindsay Chervinsky speaks online about her book "The Cabinet."

Lindsay M. Chervinsky discusses The Cabinet: Washington and the Creation of an American Institution, an examination of the extralegal creation of the president’s advisory body in response to the threats facing George Washington and the first administration. The book also demonstrates the importance of Washington’s military experience to the formation of the presidency and the federal government. Faced with diplomatic crises, domestic insurrections and constitutional challenges—and finding congressional help lacking—George Washington decided he needed a group of advisors. Washington modeled his new cabinet on…

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March 2021

Virtual Author’s Talk – The Boston Massacre: A Family History

March 4, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual
Free

Serena Zabin, professor of history and director of the American studies program at Carleton College, discusses her book on the personal and political conflicts that erupted in the Boston Massacre. Following the British troops dispatched from Ireland to Boston in 1768 to suppress colonial unrest, Dr. Zabin has uncovered the forgotten stories of the many regimental wives and children who accompanied these armies and who became neighbors to the colonists in Boston. When soldiers shot unarmed citizens in the street,…

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