Congratulations to David McCullough, 2016 Roesel lecturer and winner of this year’s John E. Dolibois History Prize. His presentation, “History as a Source of Strength,” was co-sponsored by the Michael J. Colligan History Project, The Lane Libraries, and the Hamilton Community Foundation. Marking the 150th anniversary of the Lane Libraries, Mr. McCullough reflected on the importance of history, public education, libraries, and learning in shaping American life through the ages.
Susan Eisenhower, consultant and author
Wednesday, September 21 @ 7.30 pm
Harry T. Wilks Conference Center, Miami University Hamilton
Dwight Eisenhower was Supreme Commander of Allied Forces Europe during the greatest war in history. His strategic leadership during this bloody conflict played a singular role in defeating Nazi power. A two-term president from 1953 to 1961, he led the United States and her allies during the dangerous early years of the Cold War. Susan Eisenhower explores the life and times of this world leader.
- Free public event
- Reception and book signing to follow
From the Journal-News: The city of Hamilton will celebrate a significant birthday at the end of September. If there were a cake, it would have 225 candles on top!
The Michael J. Colligan History Project welcomes you to our new season of free public events (poster link below). This fall the Colligan is co-sponsoring two distinguished speakers for the 150th anniversary of the Lane Libraries. Award-winning author David McCullough will accept the 2016 John E. Dolibois History Prize, and speak on History as a Source of Strength (co-sponsored by the Colligan History Project, The Lane Libraries, and the Hamilton Community Foundation). Renowned historian William Kerrigan will explore Johnny Appleseed’s Westward Journey (co-sponsored by the Colligan Project and the Smith Library of Regional History). And opening our fall line-up as part of the American Wars and American Life series, former Dolibois Prize recipient Susan Eisenhower returns Wednesday, September 21 to discuss Eisenhower in War and Peace. We look forward to seeing old faces and new on the Miami Hamilton campus, so spread the word!
Save the date: Hamilton welcomes the Ohio Chautauqua, a traveling program with hands-on workshops and lectures, living history, and live music in venues throughout the city. Events run from Tuesday June 14-Saturday June 18 at Miami University Hamilton, Pyramid Hill, Butler County Historical Society, Partners in Prime, Miami Hamilton Downtown, and Hamilton Lane Library.
- See attached program and flyer for details (below).
The Michael J. Colligan History Project wishes you all an enjoyable summer, and thanks you for your continuing support of our public history programs in Hamilton, Ohio! We return in September with a very special schedule of speakers, including Colligan favorite (and former winner of the John E. Dolibois History Prize) Susan Eisenhower. We also welcome William Kerrigan, a renowned expert on the life and times of John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed. Dr. Kerrigan’s talk recognizes the contributions of the Smith Library of Regional History, as part of the 150th anniversary of the Lane Libraries
In addition to the fine speakers already mentioned, we look forward to welcoming legendary American historian David McCullough. McCullough is celebrated for his award-winning histories on subjects as diverse as the Johnstown Flood, the Brooklyn Bridge, presidential biographies of John Adams, Teddy Roosevelt, and Harry S. Truman, and — most recently — his new book on the Wright Brothers. McCullough’s voice is also familiar to viewers of numerous historical documentaries, most notably as narrator of Ken Burns’s Civil War.
David McCullough will receive the 2016 John E. Dolibois History Prize, and will also deliver this year’s Roesel lecture as part of the Lane Libraries 150th anniversary celebration. This event is co-sponsored by the Michael J. Colligan History Project, the Lane Libraries, and the Hamilton Community Foundation.
- Please note: the McCullough event is free and open to the public, but advanced ticket confirmation is required.
For further details of these events, and how to obtain tickets for David McCullough, see SAVE THE DATES link below:
Donald A. Daiker, Miami University Professor Emeritus of English
Thursday May 5 @ 7.30 pm
Fitton Center for Creative Arts
Legendary American authors Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald loved and hated each other from the moment they met in 1925 at the Dingo Bar in Paris. Fitzgerald proved to be the more generous friend but Hemingway the more successful writer, in part thanks to Fitzgerald’s help. Both rejected the “lost generation” tag, but both helped to create, perpetuate, glamorize, and even live it.
- This presentation is free and open to the public. This lecture provides a historical context to Scott and Hem, a drama about the cost of love, friendship and the price of being a writer, a 1937 conversation between F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway in Hollywood, to be staged at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts, May 12-15.
- To obtain tickets for the Fitton Center’s staging of Scott and Hem, contact the Fitton Center Box Office at (513) 863-8873.