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McCauley Lecture Series_Nov2017

November 7 McCauley Lecture

Fletcher Branch Library
100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Phone: 301-739-3250 x 350

Monday, Nov. 6 at 7:00 PM

Dr. Edward Lengel is the guest speaker for the Nov. 6 Robert McCauley Historical Lecture. The lecture is titled George Washington’s Potomac River: Uniting a Nation and is free and open to the public. It will be held in rooms 308 and 309 beginning at 7:00 PM. 

"George Washington's vision for a united America began with the Potomac River. This mighty waterway, he believed, would link east to west, city folks and pioneers, and even whites and Native Americans. It would also serve as the foundation for American commerce, which he saw as the key to national prosperity. In this talk, Edward G. Lengel looks at how Washington's entrepreneurship inspired his leadership, and how the Potomac River played a central role in his--and the nation's--success."

Edward G. Lengel is Chief Historian of the White House Historical Association. He received his B.A. in history from George Mason University in 1991, and his Ph.D. in history from the University of Virginia in 1998. For many years he was Professor and Director of the Washington Papers project. Lengel has written several award-winning books, including First Entrepreneur: How George Washington Built His—and the Nation’s—Prosperity (2016); Thunder and Flames: Americans in the Crucible of Combat, 1917-1918 (2015); To Conquer Hell: The Meuse-Argonne, 1918 (Henry Holt, 2008); and General George Washington: A Military Life (2005). He writes regularly for Military History Quarterly, American History and other periodicals, and has made television and radio appearances on The History Channel, Fox News, and National Public Radio.