04 30, 2019

Discover the military history of the American Revolution

By |2019-04-30T06:00:07-04:00April 30, 2019|

Step into the footprints of a Revolutionary War minuteman during a special program at Mentor Public Library's Main Branch.

Step into the footprints of a Revolutionary War minuteman during a special program on Thursday, May 16, at Mentor Public Library’s Main Branch.

How did a group of scrappy starving colonists defeat a British empire that had stretched across the globe?

Our resident historian Dr. John Foster will discuss the military history the American Revolution during a special talk at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, at our Main Branch.

Foster’s talk is free to attend. We only ask that you register beforehand. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

This program is the second in a 4-part series about the American Revolution. The first was on the geopolitical and intellectual origins of the Revolutionary War. If you missed it in March, you can watch it now online.

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.

Finally, if you’re interested, most of Foster’s previous historical talks can be viewed in their entirety on our YouTube channel.

03 28, 2019

The Geopolitical & Intellectual Origins of the Revolutionary War

By |2019-03-28T06:00:03-04:00March 28, 2019|

You’ve heard “no taxation without representation,” but the intellectual roots of the American Revolution dig deeper than a Schoolhouse Rock summation.

Our resident historian Dr. John Foster discusses how trans-Atlantic warfare, John Locke and the Levelers all contributed ideas and attitudes that influenced the American Revolution.

This program is the first in a 4-part series about the Revolutionary War. Foster’s next talk will be a military history of the American Revolution at 6:30 on Thursday, May 16, 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 II and US Presidents of the 20th Century.

Finally, if you’re interested, most of Foster’s previous historical talks can be viewed in their entirety on our YouTube channel.

03 10, 2019

Discover the American Revolution

By |2019-03-10T06:00:15-04:00March 10, 2019|

Learn about the origin of the American Revolution during a special talk on March 21 at Mentor Public Library.

Learn about the origin of the American Revolution during a special talk on March 21 at Mentor Public Library.

The American Revolution was the defining moment in American history. But how did it come about?

Our resident historian Dr. John Foster will discuss the ideas and interests that sparked the American Revolution during a special talk at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, at our Main Branch.

This program is the first in a 4-part series about the Revolutionary War.

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.

This special program is free and open to all. You can register to attend online or by calling us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

Finally, if you’re interested, most of Foster’s previous historical talks can be viewed in their entirety on our YouTube channel.

12 11, 2018

Alexander Hamilton: An American Tragedy

By |2018-12-11T06:00:44-05:00December 11, 2018|

Despite his role in our history, Alexander Hamilton languished as one of our more obscure founding fathers until Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical renewed his celebrity.

Hamilton was an orphan who rose from the depths of indigence to the heights of power and intelligentsia through hard work and a couple of fortunate turns.

He served as one of George Washington’s most trusted colleagues during both the Revolutionary War and Washington’s presidency. He built the financial system for our nation.

And yet he suffered disgrace, grief, and famously and fatally lost his duel with Aaron Burr.

Learn about Hamilton’s rise and fall with Dr. John Foster, our resident historian.

And fans of Dr. Foster’s historical talks can view many of them in their entirety on our YouTube channel.

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