Our resident historian Dr. John Foster concluded his year-long series on the American Revolution by discussing how Alexander Hamilton (along with his Federalist Papers co-authors James Madison and John Jay) helped form the nation as we know it.


  • what Hamilton had to do with the formation of the National Bank, US Mint, and the Coast Guard
  • how some of the principles discussed in the Federalist Papers still guide our nation
  • about Hamilton’s effective and personally devastating way of proving he wasn’t an embezzler.

This program is the fourth in a 4-part series about the American Revolution. You can watch the first three parts online, as well.

Foster’s next lecture is 1819: America in the Era of Good Feelings, which will be 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14, at our Main Branch. It is part of our year-long bicentennial celebration.

In addition to being a reference librarian, Foster has a doctorate degree in history. He has taught history at both high school and college levels. Previously, he has led series on the Battles of World War II and US Presidents of the 20th Century.