Historian Dr. Richard Beeman will speak at 7 p.m. on Sept. 18 at the Hudson Library, 96 Library St.
His appearance will be in observance of Constitution Week and will usher in the Hudson Library & Historical Society's new American Heritage lecture series. The series aims to explore the nation's historical underpinnings and its subsequent development.
Beeman's new book, "Our Lives, Our Fortunes and Our Sacred Honor: The Forging of American Independence, 1774-1776," tells the story of how America was turned from a colony into a republic and how Americans turned from subjects to citizens. Through a combination of political maneuvering, intellectual brilliance and fortunate timing, men such as Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, John Dickinson and Samuel Adams came to write the Declaration of Independence in 1776 -- a document unimaginable only a few years earlier.
Beeman is an American historian specializing in the American Revolution. He has written numerous books and is the John Walsh Centennial Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Constitution Center and has also served as director of the Philadelphia Center for Early American Studies and as editor of American Quarterly.
The author is the recipient of numerous awards, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Institute of Advanced Study at Princeton and the Huntington Library. He has served as a Fulbright Professor in the United Kingdom and as Vyvlan Harmsworth Distinguished Professor of American History at Oxford University.
The Learned Owl Book Shop will provide copies of Beeman's books for purchase and signing. Refreshments will be served afterward. Register for this free event at www.hudsonlibrary.org or call 330-653-6658, ext. 1010.