Virtual Public Programs

Performance in the reading roomAAS seeks to connect scholars and citizens by bringing the work of historians and scholars of pre-twentieth-century America before the general public through virtual public programs. These programs also spotlight the work of creative and performing artists and writers who have conducted research at the Society.

Programs typically last one hour.


 

bookcoverTuesday, November 30, 2021 at 7 pm
"The Hidden History of the American Revolution"
Woody Holton

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bookcoverThursday, December 9, 2021 at 7 pm
"Gems of Art on Paper: American Literary Illustration"
Georgia Barnhill

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2021 Previous Programs

bookcoverWednesday, November 17, 2021 at 7 pm
"Native Performances of Christianity: Survivance in Eighteenth-Century Mohawk Country"
WIlliam Hart in conversation with David Silverman

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bookcoverMonday, November 1, 2021 at 7 pm
"Recovering the Lost Years of John Peters and Phillis Wheatley Peters"
Cornelia H. Dayton in conversation with Henry Louis Gates Jr.

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bookcoverThursday, October 28, 2021 at 7 pm
"Where Are the Birds? Rediscovering and Re-storying the Landscapes of John James Audubon"
Krista Elrick in conversation with Gregory Nobles

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bookcoverThursday, October 21, 2021 at 7 pm
"The Indians’ New World Revisited"
Sixteenth Annual Baron Lecture by James H. Merrell

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Craig Fehrman bookTuesday, October 5, 2021 at 7 pm
“Authors in Chief: The Untold History of Our Presidents as Writers”
with Craig Fehrman

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McHugh bookTuesday, September 28, 2021 at 7 pm
“Americanon: An Unexpected U.S. History Through Early Bestsellers”
with Jess McHugh

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Stauffer bookTuesday, September 21, 2021 at 7 pm
“Book Traces: Nineteenth-Century Readers and the Future of the Library”
with Andrew Stauffer

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Boggs bookTuesday, September 14, 2021 at 7 pm
“Patriotism by Proxy: The Civil War Draft and the Cultural Formation of Citizen-Soldiers”
with Colleen Glenney Boggs

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Laurie BlockThursday August 26, 2021 at 7 pm
“Disability History: Tales, Trails, Trials”
A conversation with Laurie Block


 

bookcoverThursday August 19, 2021 at 7 pm
“Mouth and Toes: The World of 19th-Century Silhouette Artists with Disabilities”
with Laurel Daen and Marianne R. Petit

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bookcoverThursday July 22, 2021 at 7 pm
“Mapping America: The Incredible Story and Stunning Hand-Colored Maps and Engravings That Created the United States”
with Neal Asbury and Jean-Pierre Isbouts


 

bookcoverTuesday, July 13, 2021 at 7 pm
“Rescued from Oblivion: Historical Cultures in the Early United States”
Alea Henle

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Thirteen ClocksTuesday, June 29, 2021 at 7 pm
"Thirteen Clocks: How Race Made America Independent"
Robert Parkinson

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Thursday, June 17, 2021, at 4 pm
“Historically Hers: Revisiting American Girl Doll Stories through the AAS Collections”
with Lynne Zacek Bassett

 

Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at 7 pm
“Slave Rebellions in the Atlantic World”
with Vincent Brown and Marjoleine Kars

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BoneyarnThursday, June 10, 2021 at 7 pm
"Boneyarn: A Poetry Reading and Discussion about Slavery in New York City"
David Mills

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Thursday, May 6, 2021
"How Baseball Happened: A Conversation with Thomas Gilbert”
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Wednesday, April 20, 2021 at 4 pm EDT
"Making Marbling: A Beginner's Guide to the History and Practice of the Art”


 

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 7 pm
"Rethinking Reconstruction”
A conversation with Manisha Sinha

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Monday, February 15, 2021 at 7 pm
In partnership with the Concord Museum
"Mount Vernon’s African American Community in Slavery and Freedom”
Scott Casper

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Additional previous programs are available to view on the AAS YouTube channel

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