Our theme is The Presence of the Past, reflecting an eclectic mix of historical perspectives. Join us for exciting programs on Lincoln’s Gettysburg address and the legacy of armed struggle to control the Ohio Valley frontier. Participate as musical performers render our national anthem, and hear how The Star Spangled Banner was written 200 years ago. Hear a leading historian of children’s literature explore the legacy of Hamiltonian Robert McCloskey, author of Make Way for Ducklings and Lentil. Discover our region’s history as Shaun Higgins interviews former City Manager Jack Kirsch. Celebrate as we give the Jim Blount History Educator Award to distinguished local teachers.