Our resident historian Dr. John Foster is discussing the origins of the US Constitution during a special year-long lecture series from the library. In his most recent talk, he discussed the Constitutional Convention of 1787. Ostensibly, the convention was called to revise the ineffective Articles of Confederation. However, many delegates had more ambitious plans. Discover how a nation was forged during those four sweltering months in Philadelphia.

The first program in Foster’s series was on the influence of the English Civil War on our founding fathers. You can watch that talk in its entirety on our YouTube channel.

His next talk in the series will tackle The Federalist Papers and ratification. It will be 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11, at our Main branch.

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 IIthe Cold Warthe American RevolutionThe Vietnam Wars, and US Presidents of the 20th Century at the library.