We will continue to update the calendar with dates as they become available.


Parnell Memorial Library

Dramatic Readings

July 7, 2018

Students will work ahead of time with a history teacher and the librarian to prepare a dramatic reading of a document of their choice. Led by Lee Pastor, Civics Teacher, Montevallo High School and Beth House, Theater Teacher, Montevallo High School.

A More Perfect Union: Panel discussion and Q&A

September 18, 2018

Panel discussion and Q&A led by Carl Doerfler, PhD, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Montevallo.

Washington County Public Library

Alabama's Formative Years- Lunch and Learn

June 26, 2019

Alabama Humanities Foundation Scholar, Mike Bunn, will present a Bicentennial-themed lunch-n-learn at WCPL on the Alabama history entitled, "Alabama's Formative Years." During this presentation, events which are historically significant to the history of both Alabama and the United States will be highlighted. Featured will be the story of Alexander Hamilton and his foe, Aaron Burr, who fled after shooting Hamilton and was captured in Washington County, Alabama, about 25 miles from the library. This event will be led by Alabama Humanities Foundation Scholar, Mike Bunn.

St. Stephen's Historical Park Program

June 26, 2019

As part of AL200 Bicentennial activities, participants in local history workshops and archaeology digs at St. Stephens Park will be presented with information about the history of our nation and how it connects to the history of Alabama. Program will be at St. Stephens Historical Park.


Ketchikan Public Library

Panel Discussion

February 21, 2019

Panel discussion with UAS faculty members on issues related to Receipt for Land Purchased From the Six Nations, and current issues of diversity, race and inequality. To take place at University of Alaska - Southeast - Ketchikan Campus Library, featuring John Radzilowski, Assoc. Professor of History; Brandon Chapman, Asst. Professor of Anthropology.


Donald W. Reynolds Library

Revisiting the Founding Era Community Forum

September 17, 2019

The Baxter County Library will host a community forum, designed to create and engage community conversations around the Founding Era ideas and themes that influence our lives today. American History scholars attorneys, and judges will participate in a moderated discussion with the community. The primary goal of the project is to encourage an appreciation of the Founding Era through community conversation based on historical documents and themes of enduring importance.

Community Forum for Students

September 19, 2019

The Baxter County Library will be hosting a student centered community forum. This forum is designed to create and engage High School Student 9th-12 Grade & Undergraduate students at Arkansas State University. The Town Hall discussion will engage Youth and involved them in community conversations around the Founding Era ideas and themes that influence our lives today. American History scholars, attorneys, and judges will participate in a moderated discussion with the community.


Mission Viejo Library

Panel Discussion

February 24, 2019

Two speakers will discuss topics and themes related to the GLI Reader on Sunday, February 24, 2019 from 3- 4pm in the Mission Viejo Council Chamber. The program will be open to the public but geared towards adults.


Pines & Planes Libraries, Elizabeth Library

Town Hall

June 15, 2018

Town Hall discussion and review of documents with Brian Fleet Teacher, Douglas County Schools.

Pueblo City County Library District

Revisiting the Founding Era Lunch and Discussion

September 14, 2019

The library will host a moderated discussion with a speaker about the Founding Era readings. This is in partnership with the Daughters of the American Revolution and the local fire department will have a bell ringing ceremony.

Revisiting the Founding Era Student Lunch and Discussion

September 19, 2019

Students are invited to dine and discuss primary source documents with Dr. Matt Harris from CSU-Pueblo over a pizza party!.

Founding Era Film Festival

September 9, 2019 and September 23, 2019

Patrons are invited to a screening of Last of the Mohicans (September 9) and Mary Sillman's War (September 23).


Ridgefield Library

Town Hall Discussion

January 27, 2019

A town hall discussion with a panel and moderator, 1 1/2 hours total length, with 45 minutes for panel discussion and 45 minutes for Q&A from the audience. Presented at the Keller Tavern Museum & History Center..

Keynote Lecture

February 10, 2019

Keynote lecture by Akhil Amar, examining the drafts of the preamble to the US Constitution and their relevance to current events. The program will be one hour in length and will be held at the Ridgefield Library. Akhil Reed Amar is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, where he teaches constitutional law in both Yale College and Yale Law School. His work has won awards from both the American Bar Association and the Federalist Society, and he has been cited by Supreme Court justices across the spectrum in more than three dozen cases.

Middle School Program

March 10, 2019

One-hour presentation targeted at middle school aged youth. Presented at the Keller Tavern Museum & History Center by Cheyney McKnight, living historian, material culture researcher, and founder of Not Your Momma's History.

Avon Free Public Library

Meet John Adams!

June 8, 2018

Learn about John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, their historic relationship from the American Revolution to 1826, the 50th Anniversary of the United States, in this dramatic presentation with George Baker.

Inside the Inaugural Address: Lessons in the Great American Experiment

June 11, 2018

Inaugural addresses offer a window into the trials and tribulations of the political past. Presidents sometimes complain about previous administrations, define the principles on which they will govern, or challenge the nation to reach new heights. Inaugurals also follow particular organizational guidelines, except when they don’t. They are both commentaries on the nation, and introductions to America. Some are well known, some are not, but they all offer a front row seat to what was on the mind of a new chief executive. Presented by Dr. Matthew Warshauer, CCSU History Department.

Parties, the Press, and Political Politeness (Well, Not Really!)

June 18, 2018

Oh, the good old days! When politics was polite and statesmen ran the nation. Don’t believe it for a minute. Partisanship and mean-spirited political battles have always been at the center of the American system. “Factions” and the “baneful weed of party strife” have been tearing at the United States since its inception. Perhaps it’s why the constitutional convention in Philadelphia has been referred to as a “miracle.” Presented by Dr. Matthew Warshauer, CCSU history Department.

Alien and Sedition Acts

June 20, 2018

This program will discuss the origins, purposes, implementation, and ramifications of the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 and briefly trace the interplay among liberty, national security, and party politics from George Washington’s presidency to Donald Trump’s. The Alien and Sedition Acts were four separate laws, the first three pertaining to foreign nationals and the fourth to American citizens. Presented by Dr. Frances Coan, Tunxis Community College.

Freedom of the Press film series: His Girl Friday

June 22, 2018

Film screening and discussion.

The Enigma of Benjamin Franklin

June 26, 2018

Who was Ben Franklin, really? How did his political loyalties influence journalism in 18th century America? Join us for this roundtable discussion of Ben Franklin and his influence on American politics. Please read The Americanization of Ben Franklin by Gordon Wood before attending, as it will serve as a launch point for this discussion. Program presented by Stephen McGrath, CCSU History Department.

Freedom of the Press film series: Good Night and Good Luck

June 29, 2018

Film screening and discussion.

Freedom of the Press film series: Spotlight

July 13, 2018

Film screening and discussion featuring Bob Kagan, CCSU Communication Department.

Freedom of the Press film series: The Post

July 20, 2018

Film screening and discussion.

Freedom of the Press film series: Broadcast News

August 3, 2018

Film screening and discussion with Bob Kagan, CCSU Communication Department.

Freedom of the Press film series: Network

August 10, 2018

Film screening and discussion with Bob Kagan, CCSU Communication Department.

The Post

August 15, 2018

Book and film discussion with Aimee Pozorski and special guest Karen Ritzenhoff, both of CCSU

Freedom of the Press film series: Newsies

August 15, 2018

Film screening and discussion.

Declaration of Independence

August 21, 2018

Presented by Bev York.

Bill of Rights

September 12, 2018

Lecture and discussion on the Bill of Rights presented by Stephen McGrath, CCSU History Department. A perfect fit for high school students; this program will let adults in, too!

Popularity of Alexander Hamilton

September 13, 2018

Why is Alexander Hamilton so popular and relevant today? Lecture and discussion with Historian Bev York.

Social Media and Modern News Outlets

September 17, 2018

Lecture and presentation with Dr. Karen Ritzenhoff, CCSU.

Freedom of the Press film series: All the President's Men

September 20, 2018

Lecture and discussion with Bob Kagan, CCSU Communication Department.

Bill Memorial Library

Town Hall

July 25, 2018

Town Hall with Dr. Roger Smith, published historian in Early American History; Keith Hedrick, Mayor of Groton City, CT; Jill Rusk, Town Councilor of Groton City; Dr. Kevin McBride, associate professor of Anthropology at the University of Connecticut; and Katherine Bengtson, library associate as moderator.

Dramatic Reading and Discussion

September 19, 2018

Presentation from the Flock Theater Performers, followed by discussion moderated by Katherine Bengtson.

Fort Griswold History

August 15, 2018

A showcase for the many rich historical resources we have in our area that educate the public about the Founding Era. Documents from the reader will tie to the work of each of these organizations in order to bring greater awareness to the rich historical value of Groton Bank, CT. Presented in partnership with Avery-Copp House Museum, Friends of Fort Griswold, Friends of Anna Warner Bailey House, Ebenezer Avery House.


Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System

Community Discussion

July 15, 2019

"Join author and professor Jeffrey Young and member of the Sons of the Revolution Terry Manning for a stimulating discussion that asks the question, what can we learn from the ideas and actions of people from the Founding Era? Event will take place at Metropolitan Branch -1332 Metropolitan Parkway, Atlanta 30310"

13th- Screening and Discussion

July 3, 2019

As part of the Revisiting the Founding Era project, AARL will host 5 public screenings with facilitated post-screening community dialogues each Wednesday in July 2019 starting with the documentary film 13th followed by screenings of the landmark four-part series Slavery and the Making of America These 5 events will center on the projects recommended themes of race and making a more perfect union via the historical lens of Slavery in the United States and its lasting legacy. 13th is a 2016 American documentary by director Ava DuVernay. The film explores the "intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States;" it is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which abolished slavery throughout the United States and ended involuntary servitude except as a punishment for a crime. This program will take place at the Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

Slavery and the Making of America Episode 1- Screening and Discussion

July 10, 2019

Episode 1 of Slavery and the Making of America "The Downward Spiral" begins in 1620. At that time, there were no limitations imposed on enslaved people, but by the early 18th century expanding slave trade caused many colonies to adopt strict "black codes" transforming the social system into one of legal racial oppression. Screening and Community Dialogue 7:00 p.m at Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

Slavery and the Making of America Episode 2- Screening and Discussion

July 17, 2019

Episode 2 of Slavery and the Making of America "Liberty in the Air". From the 1740s to the 1830s, slavery continued to support economic development, but the Revolutionary War revealed the contradictions of a nation seeking independence while denying freedom to its black citizens. Screening and Community Dialogue 7:00 p.m at Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

Slavery and the Making of America Episode 3- Screening and Discussion

July 24, 2019

Episode 3 of Slavery and the Making of America "Seeds of Destruction". As the North adopted laws to abolish slavery, the South saw its greatest expansion of slavery. The abolitionist movement began to gather strength contributing to the widening fissure and imminent break-up of the nation. Screening and Community Dialogue 7:00 p.m at Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

Slavery and the Making of America Episode 4- Screening and Discussion

July 31, 2019

Episode 4 of Slavery and the Making of America "The Challenge of Freedom". The complexities of the Civil War and Reconstruction are chronicled through the experience of slave Robert Smalls. The rise of militant groups and new segregation laws show that slavery's eradication had not ended black oppression. Screening and Community Dialogue 7:00 p.m at Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

Hamilton Sing-along

September 14, 2019

"My name is Alexander Hamilton/And there’s a million things I haven’t done/But just you wait, just you wait" Don't regret not coming to this revolutionary event! Sing along to your favorite Hamilton:the Musical songs or just dance along as others show off their musical talents. Alpharetta Branch , 10 Park Plaza Alpharetta, GA 30009.

Founding Era Tea Party

September 14, 2019

Children are invited to enjoy a lovely tea party and maybe learn a thing or two about the Founding Era! Children are invited to wear their fanciest clothes and enjoy an afternoon of activities and snacks. This program will take place at the Cleveland Avenue Branch. 47 Cleveland Avenue SW, Atlanta GA 30315.

Teen Poetry Slam

September 21, 2019

Teens are asked to take a look back at the founding era and create dynamic beats and perspectives through poetry. Community members will judge the poetry and contestants will have the opportunity to perform their poetry at the Wolf Creek Branch. Winners will receive a cash prize. Event will take place at Wolf Creek Branch. 3100 Enon Road, Atlanta 30331.

Life in the Revolution

September 28, 2019

Join the Sons of the Revolution member Terry Manning as he walks you through various unique and exciting replicas from the Founding Era, including pieces that showcase the lifestyle of our American founders related to their dress, eating practices, weapons, trading practices with the Indians, toys, cooking implements and more! All ages welcome to this unique historical event.Metropolitan Branch , 1332 Metropolitan Parkway, Atlanta 30310.

Griffin-Spalding County Library

Community Discussion

March 25, 2019

This program will be centered around the Electoral College. Why did the Founding Fathers establish the electoral college?


Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library

Revisiting the Founding Era: Dispelling Myths and Misconceptions

January 17, 2019

Explore the ways in which American political culture draws on Founding Era myths, and review recent scholarship that challenges the way that most contemporary Americans understand our constitutional foundations. Join us for a town hall discussion of selected readings from founding-era documents.

Revisiting the Founding Era: Poetry Slam

February 19, 2019

Students in grades 6-12 will demonstrate their knowledge of the Founding Era by creating an original work of poetry based on a series of primary source documents provided by Gilder Lehrman. Beginning December 1, 2018, and ending January 5, 2019, the library will have a banner on our website which will include a link to the primary source documents. Also included will be a web form where students will review and agree to the rules and submit their work. Library staff will review all of the entries and determine a Top 10 consisting of five students in grades 6-8 and five students in grades 9-12. We will announce those ten students on January 22.On Tuesday, February 19, from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., we will invite the community to come out and listen to those ten students perform at the Poetry Slam Finale at the Saunders Library. The Finale will put a dual emphasis on writing and performance, encouraging poets to focus on what they’re saying and how they’re saying it. From this event we will have four winners: one middle school winner & runner up, and one high school winner & runner up. Refreshments and prizes will be provided.

St. Petersburg Library System

School discussion groups

September 11, 19, 27, 2018

Three discussion groups, held at three of our libraries, specifically for middle school students studying American history. Close reading and discussion of primary source documents will serve as a springboard for research for those students participating in the NHD competition. The 2018-2019 theme is Triumph and Tragedy in History. Program presented by Dr. Raymond Arsenault, Retired Chair of the Department of History and Politics at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg.


Smyra Public Library

Founding Era Guided Discussion

September 23, 2019

Dr. William Marchione will lead a discussion about “Creating a Constitution for a New Nation” focusing on section 3 of the Revisiting the Founding Era reader.

Founding Era Guided Discussion

September 30, 2019

Dr. William Marchione will lead a discussion about "Translating a Blueprint into a Working Government” focusing on section 4 of the Revisiting the Founding Era reader.


Nanakuli Public Library

Founding Era Play

August 21, 2019

A "play" with 2 actors, a moderator, and historical expert. The actors will read primary source documents that tells the story of the US Constitution and its importance in the writing of the Hawaii State Constitution. The writer will create text to link this together. The moderator will pose questions to the audience. A second performance to be held at Wai'anae High School.


Challis Public Library

Youth Reading and Discussion Program

July 23, 2018

Program presented by Becky Mitchell, educator and director of Challis Public Library; Erika Cotant, educator at Challis Public School District.


Washington Free Public Library

Town Hall

February 20, 2019

Town Hall meeting moderated by a local celebrity, featuring a DAR member, a local politician, a relevant graduate student, and local historian.


Kewanee Public Library District

Moderated Discussion

January 21, 2019

Mr. Jim Nowlan, Senior Fellow, Illinois Institute of Public Affairs will facilitate a group discussion of the "Readings" booklet.

Youth Discussion

February 18, 2019

For youth and adults. Mr. Nowlan will synthesize the ideas and discussions from the previous programs for a final meeting and discussion time.


Independence Public Library

Town Hall

August 18, 2018

The panel will consist of three panelists, a history professor, constitutional law professor, and political science professor, and will be moderated by a scholar. The structure of this discussion will include each panelist speaking for 10 minutes each, followed by questions from the audience. Lunch will be provided during a social event following the discussion. The panel will focus on women and underrepresented people of the Founding Era. Panelists include Dr. Isaias McCaffery, Independence Community College History Professor; Ben Seel, Independence Community College Political Science Instructor; Dr. Darren Botello-Samson, Pittsburg State University Political Science Program Coordinator; and Dr. Dan Barwick, Independence Community College President.

Sing and Rap through History!

August 23, 2018

Sing and rap through history at the library! Teens are encouraged to take part in Founding Era: A Constitutional Musical. Teens will use Revisiting the Founding Era, readings from The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, to learn about the creation of our country, while turning readings into raps. Presented by Betsy Fisher, Young Adult Librarian.


Beauregard Parish Library

The Founding Documents: A Discussion on the Role of Veterans

January 12, 2019

This program will offer an open forum for local veterans, citizens, and current military members to discuss the role they have played and, historically, the roles military service members have played in the country.

Our Founding Documents: Exploring the Past, Envisioning the Future

February 16, 2019

Youth (ages 11-17) will be invited to participate in an interactive discussion regarding our nation's future and how it is impacted by the principles outlined in the founding documents.

Discussion: Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for America’sIndependence by Carol Berkin

March 16, 2019

Reader's group discussion of Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for America’s Independence by Carol Berkin. Readers will be encouraged to focus on the role of women in the revolution and the way that their stories have been preserved. Light refreshments will be provided.


Calvert Library

Discussion Series: Adult Program

January 16, 2019

Dr. Chretien Guidry will lead a series of discussions using historical documents to spark public conversations about the Founding Era’s enduring ideas and themes and how they continue to influence our lives today. Participants will engage in a discussion about how the past is linked with the present and is relative to the issues of today and tomorrow. Prepare by reading the first two sections of Revisiting the Founding Era.

Discussion Series: Youth Program

March 20, 2019

Come prepared for debate, readers' theater, battle rap or whatever way you'd like to bring history to life and to connect it to today's world. Use Revisiting the Founding Era readings as your inspiration.


The Worthington Library

Constitution Kickoff

June 11, 2018

Kick-off talk on the Constitution - issues confronting the framers, how they were resolved and where they stand today. Featuring Judge Jon O. Newman, Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Create Your Own Rap

June 23, 2018

Ongoing program - Initial discussion with teens about creating a rap about the issues in the reader's documents and their concerns about those issues in their own lives. Presented by Janine Modestow, Casey Pease, and Leona Arthen.


Orion Township Public Library

Discussion Series

January 30 and February 6, 13, 27, 2019

Revisiting the Founding Era Readings four part discussion series.

Teen Book Club

February 2, 2019

The winter meeting of the teen book club will be reading "The Fighting Ground" by Avi. We will discuss this award winning book and enjoy pizza! The first five teens who arrive will get a free paperback copy of the next book club book. *Registration is required.


Great River Regional Library - Monticello Branch

Revisiting the Founding Era: Youth Program

February 13, 2019

American History students from Monticello High School invite you to a special presentation of their group projects about events and primary source documents from America’s Founding Era. Join area students and learn interesting things about our country’s history! For teens and adults. This event is being held at the Monticello High School Media Center from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.


State Line Library

Town Hall Meeting

March 9, 2019

Town Hall meeting based on the Revisiting the Founding Era reader

Founding Era Scavenger Hunt

February 9, 2018

We will be hosting a scavenger / treasure hunt for Two weeks. We will be using different clues from The Founding Era reader along with other books that pertain to the Founding Era. Groups must find clues to recieve stars . after the two weeks is up we will issue a gift card to the one with most stars along with the copy of reader.

Founding Era Puppet Show

March 2, 2019

Ages 3 to 6 yeras. Puppets will depict Paul Revere's ride, the Bill of Rights, and Constitution.

New Hampshire

Lincoln Public Library

The Founding Fathers: What Were They Thinking?

June 6, 2019

In 1787 delegates gathered in Philadelphia to address a wide variety of crises facing the young United States of America and produced a charter for a new government. In modern times, competing political and legal claims are frequently based on what those delegates intended. Mythology about the founders and their work at the 1787 Convention has obscured both fact and legitimate analysis of the events leading to the agreement called the Constitution. Professor Emeritus at the UNH School of Law, Richard Hesse explores the cast of characters called "founders," the problems they faced, and the solutions they fashioned.

Youth Program

August 15,2019

Join Professor Linda Upham-Bornstein and learn the reasoning behind the structure of Articles of Confederation, Shay's rebellion and the Constitution, and Shay's Rebellion vs The Whiskey Rebellion.

New Jersey

Middletown Township Public Library

Teen HamilTea

July 17, 2019

How do the issues of today coincide with issues of the past? This Teen HamilTea will use the primary source documents lead a lively disscusion.


August 31, 2019

Middletown Township Public Library will host a tea party. This will give participants a chance to have a round table discussion in an informal setting. Patrons will discuss the primary source material and how they relate to current events. Patricipants will get a copy of the reader to take home.

Middletown History Lecture

September 14, 2019

Learn about Penelope Stout, a local historical figure from the founding of Middletown, NJ at this facinating lecture. Jeanne Vloyanetes, History Professor at Brookdale Community College, will use primary source documents to have a discussion about women in the founding era.

Sussex County Library System

The Coming of the Revolution

June 18, 2019

Professor of History at Kean University, Dr.Jonathan Mercantini, will present the struggles and the aftermath of the Seven Years’ War wherein the struggle between the colonists and the British acting rulers were vying for power and Independence. His presentation will reflect upon the theme of hardship of war revisiting the Continental Army’s staged surprise counterattack, and the victories. The audience will be presented the facts of war and in a sense will be following the journey of the militia men and responding to the reality of the hardships. As the troops surge to carry out the surprise attack, the home front was left with families struggling to know their loved one’s whereabouts with little or no news on the forefront of the battlefield. The only way of communication was through letters that were carried back and forth on horseback. This paints a picture of the isolation a soldier’s family sustained at home in the fight for independence. The softbound readers will be distributed to the audience to follow along. There will be an authentic element of the Colonial feel of the time with food and beverages to highlight the time period.

Riverdale Public Library

The Creation of New Jersey

December 6, 2018

Have you ever thought about how New Jersey was created? Perhaps you’ve wondered about how East and West Jersey came to be? Or you’ve considered how life changed for landowners as the American Revolution intensified? The way the state developed before, during, and after the revolution, including some of its distinctive features that still remain today, is fascinating. In this session, significant topics like New Jersey’s role in politics, transportation, trade, and agricultural on the eve of revolution will be explored.

Winter Encampment Re-enactment

January 23, 2019

After enduring horrendous winter encampments in the winters of 1777-1778 and 1779-1780, many Continental Army soldiers had reached their breaking point. Tom Riley, B.A., M.A., M. Ed., will share some of the experiences of these soldiers in a re-enactment of this pivotal period in our nation’s history.

Town Hall Discussion

February 6, 2019

Town Hall Discussion.

Monmouth County Library

Soldiers in the Founding Era

September 7, 2018

Discussion with Joseph Bilby, author and curator at the New Jersey National Guard Militia Museum; and Dr. David Martin, author, historian and president of the Friends of the Monmouth Battlefiel.

Impact of War on Families

September 7, 2018

Dramatic readings and presentations with the Dragonfly Multicultural Theater.

Woodbury Public Library

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness: African Americans and their Struggle for Freedom During the American Revolution

June 21, 2018

Lecture and discussion. Groups will use the reader to flesh out current issues of today and make parallels to the past.

Living History Presentation

July 5, 2018

At Council Chambers, 33 Delaware Street, Woodbury, NJ 08096.

Costumed presentation on local involvement during the revolution in full uniform and dress. Kids will have the chance to participate in the presentation, do some fun activities and have a photo-op with costumes to dress up in! Refreshments will be served. Presented by Rich Serfass and Karen Heller.

The Critical Period in American History

August 30, 2018

Lecture and discussion. Refreshments will be served. Presented by Dr. William Carrigan, Ph. D.

New York

Brentwood Public Library

Exploring the Revolution: A Town Hall Discussion

September 14, 2019

The Brentwood Public Library will explore the Revolutionary War on Long Island with a panel of historians, including Chris Kretz, librarian, podcaster, and host of the Long Island History Project, Dr. Joanne S. Grasso, author of George Washington's 1790 Grand Tour of Long Island and The American-Revolution on Long Island, as well as Professor Peter Bales, historian, novelist, and stand-up comedian, who has written and taught about the history of the United States and New York and the early presidents and their elections.

Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County

Creating the Constitution

September 7, 2018

Panel discussion with local leaders, including Mayor of Rochester and Monroe County Executive.

Macedon Public Library

Women in the Founding Era

June 14, 2018

Dr. Laura Free from Hobart and William Smith Colleges will use selections from the Revisiting the Founding Era primer to discuss women during the Founding Era. This program will have participants considering the current events of our day as contrasted with the events of the Founding Era in relation to women.

Document Discussion Seminar

August 28, 2018

This seminar, geared towards high school students, will use historical documents to spark conversations about the Founding Era’s enduring ideas and themes. Participants will analyze how contemporary debates over federal versus state power, the balance of freedom and national security, and America’s role in aiding refugees and asylum seekers relate to controversies of the Founding Era. Presented by Matthew Robbins, AP History Teacher, Palmyra-Macedon High School.

Penn Yan Public Library

American Culture and the Founding Era

June 14, 2018

As our country celebrates another anniversary this month, come together to examine and discuss the founding themes of our great experiment in democracy. In this session, explore the ways in which American political culture draws on Founding Era myths, and review recent scholarship that challenges the way that most contemporary Americans understand our constitutional foundations. Presented by Dr. Angela Narasimhan, Associate Professor of Political Science, Keuka College.

Montgomery County Norristown Public Library

Declaring and Realizing Independence

September 12, 2018

Event featuring Patricia Kelly-Evans, Reference Librarian and Program Coordinator and Noah Lewis, re-enactor who portrays "Ned Hector," an African American Revolutionary War soldier and hero of the Battle of the Brandywine.

Book Club, Discussion, Q&A

September 15, 2018

Book club with Hal Halbert- Associate Professor of English at Montgomery County Community College; "Ned Hector"- Revolutionary War Soldier portrayed by Noah Lewis; Reference Librarian and Program Coordinator- Patricia Kelly-Evans.

Choosing Sides

September 29, 2018

Hosted at Valley Forge Historical Park. Program participants will review selected documents from the Revisiting the Founding Era collection as well as documents from the Loyalist perspective in order to choose sides as "Patriots, Loyalists, and Neutrals." After each participant selects a side, the Patriots, Loyalists, and Neutrals will meet in separate groups to bolster their positions before all groups meet for a campfire while the Patriots and Loyalists try to win Neutrals to their sides.

North Carolina

Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center

Songs and Dramatic Readings

September 7, 2018

Sweet Tea Shakespeare Theater Group and Director Jeremy Feibig present at Lewis Chapel Middle School.


September 18, 2018

Local scholars and historians will discuss select humanities themes incorporating national and local events and documents. Audience members will be encouraged to participate in the discussion. Panelists include Dr. Kelli Walsh Associate Professor, History Fayetteville State University; Dr. Chris Cronin Associate Professor, Political Science Methodist University; and Bruce Dawes Museum Director Fayetteville Transportation and Local History Museum

North Dakota

Maddock Community Library

Founding Era Book Club

June 5, 2019

rmation about the role of Thomas Jefferson in the founding of thought and policy for America. Refreshments will be provided.

Lew and Clark Illustrated History

July 21, 2019

"Embrace the local history and founding era writings in a unique drawing and speaking presentation billed as Lew and Clark Illustrated History."


Josephine Community Library District

Founders at the Library: Revisiting the Founding Era

February 2, 2019

"Founders at the Library: Revisiting the Founding Era" explores the people, documents, and events of Revolutionary War and Constitutional Era in two evening programs (February 2 and 9) with emphasis on activism, coalition building, race, and tensions between state and federal government. Participants will examine the documents in "Declaring Independence" and "Exploring Independence."

Founders at the Library: Revisiting the Founding Era

February 9, 2019

"Founders at the Library: Revisiting the Founding Era" explores the people, documents, and events of Revolutionary War and Constitutional Era in two evening programs (February 2 and 9) with emphasis on activism, coalition building, race, and tensions between state and federal government. Participants will examine the documents in "Creating the Constitution" and "Governing a Nation."

Moderated Discussion

February 16, 2019

Attendees will participate in a moderated discussion surrounding the theme “Making a More Perfect Union.”

Transcription Project Kickoff

March 2, 2019

Kickoff of a Founding Era document transcription project. The Reader will inform the transcription work being done, and will help bring the readings alive in a current project. The facilitator (Jennifer Sherman Roberts, Ph.D.) will show attendees how to participate in a crowd-sourced transcription project and provide a forum for discussing the experience and/or any discoveries.


Benson Memorial Library

Town Hall

June 11, 2019

The public is invited to come this Town Hall Discussion. Six panelists: Crawford County Commissioner Francis Wiederspahn, District Magistrate Amy Nichols, Attorney Sara Patterson, Historian Jenn Burden, Teacher Jon Herman, and Professor Jamie Henderson will respond to questions about national security, media, dissent, and persuasion (based upon suggestions from the reader).

Historic Reenactors

June 18, 2019

This program will be a part of Tuesday Storytime. Children will go from storytime to the reenactors who will delight them by allowing them to step back in time to the founding era through period dress, food, lacemaking and Native American history.

Town Hall Wrap Up Discussion

June 25, 2019

This program will be the bookend to the Town Hall where the audiences will engage with the same topics that the panelists did two weeks ago. Participants will be broken up into groups and asked the various reader-inspired questions. After discussing in small groups, we will come back into the large group and talk about everything together. This program will take place at 6pm.

Lecture Series

August 18, 2019

A series of three lectures on topics regarding the founding era such as genealogy and the DAR, pop culture and the revolution, and more will take place. As the library historian, Jessica Ross will continue her Tuesday programs with a special focus on the Foundind era in August.Check the library calendar for more infomation.

The Founding Era Film Festival

September 10, 2019

The Founding Era Film Festival will feature 3-5 minute videos by kids ages 12 to 18 based upon a prompt that relates to the founding era. The prompt is: "If you could make one amendment to the U.S. Constitution, what would it be and why?" Submissions are due by September 3rd. The grand prize winner will be announced at the festival and will receive a prize.

Lower Merion Library System

Living History Program

September 7, 2019

Benjamin J. Goldman, a renowned first-person living history interpreter, brings a rich and colorful program to Ludington Library in September. With a deep understanding of the Marquis de Lafayette, Mr. Goldman will demonstrate the bonds Lafayette formed as a young man, including Ben Franklin, who he met in France, George Washington, at nearby City Tavern in Philadelphia, his deep kinship with Alexander Hamilton and John Laurens—and how those friendships catalyzed into actions that created the governmental framework of our Founding Era.

Youth Living History Program

September 7, 2019

Benjamin J. Goldman will deliver an entertaining living-history of the Marquis de Lafayette, especially focusing on his youth, as an orphan, his teenage years leading up to his arrival in the colonies at 19 years of age, and the friendships he formed with other young men who would become critical players in the founding era of the United States. This interplay between these young men is highlighted in the play Hamilton, which many young people in the community are familiar with.

Linesville Community Public Library

Reading and Discussion of Revisiting the Founding Era

June 11, 2018

Read and discuss with Telce Varee, Director Linesville Community Public Library and Kathy Brubaker Historian of Local Cemeteries.

Immigration and Linesville

July 17, 2018

Discuss the founding of the county in the 1700's and curious facts about Crawford County. Immigration and the founding of Linesville in the 1800's. What took place in the US history during this time and if it had any impact on this area and how. Presented by Annette Lynch-County Historian & Genealogist Elaine Curlowicz- Linesville Historical Society Historian and Curator.


July 18, 2018

Ann Flavin, Lego builder extraordinar and history buff, will create a Lego building of Independence Hall. We are going to discuss what brought us to the Declaration of Independence and why it was needed. Ann will also explain Independence Hall and what other important events took place there and how history was made.

The Life of Abraham Lincoln

July 20, 2018

Mr. John King will perform as Abraham Lincoln.

Montgomery County Norristown Public Library

"Rediscovering the Founding Era" Day

September 15, 2018

Patricia Kelly-Evans and members of the 6th PA Regiment will discuss "Life On the Line, In Camp, and On the Home Front" from 12:30-2 PM.

From 2-3:30 PM Dr. Hal Halbert of Montgomery County Community College will moderate a Book Club Meeting which will be open to the general public. Participants will discuss selected Gilder Lehrman documents and The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin.

MCNPL's final program will be a 1 hour presentation, Q&A, and discussion led by costumed presenter "Ned Hector" and reference staff. "Ned" will compare his own experience as a Black soldier and veteran with Peter Kiteredge's.

War Letters

September 29, 2018

At Valley Forge National Historic Park. Program participants will review selected documents from the Revisiting the Founding Era collection in addition to letter excerpts from the Valley Forge encampment before writing their owns letters from the perspective of a general, junior officer, soldier, or other supporter of the Patriot cause.

Rhode Island

Warwick Public Libary

Revisiting the Founding Era Discussion

February 26,2019

A moderated discussion led by historian and writer Gerald Cabone on the founding era in Rhode Island.

South Carolina

Nancy Carson Library

Moderated Discussion

January 19, 2019

Professor Helsley will share an overview before offering discussion time for participants. Copies of the Washington letter will be printed on the back of each flyer advertising the program so that attendees may be prepared.

Film Screening: John Laurens' War - The Forgotten Struggle for Freedom

January 24, 2019

Chris Weatherhead and Clarence Felder, award winning founders of the Actors' Theatre of South Carolina, will do a screening of their docudrama "John Laurens' War-The Forgotten Struggle for Freedom" which won several awards. The film focuses on the work of an abolitionist in the Revolutionary War. They will hold a question and answer session afterward that will allow for inclusion of two selection on African Americans from the readings.


Tipton County Public Library

Book Club

February 19,2019

The library will hold a book club in February where the participants will read and discuss the Revisiting the Founding Era reader.

American Girl Tea

March 1,2019

American Girl tea in partnership with our local DAR. Children will learn about the American Revolution, make time period crafts and learn about the founding fathers.

Tipton County Lecture

March 1,2019

Mr. David Gwinn, will present a lecture/slide show of the founding of Tipton County and the Tipton family.

Children's Book Club

March 21,2019

Children will read a book from the time period and will also receive a book to keep. We will also discuss people and things that happened during the war.


Crowley Public Library

Youth Program

January 8, 2019

Youth Debate on the Alien and Sedition Acts.


Brigham City Library

The American Revolution as a Civil War

February 6, 2019

We remember the Revolution today as a struggle between liberty-loving “Americans” and the tyrannical “British.” Yet the revolutionary John Adams estimated that only a third of American colonials were committed revolutionaries at first and another third committed loyalists to the Crown. The American Revolution, in fact, pitted Americans against other Americans as often as it pitted Americans against the British. After all, when the Revolution began, everyone involved in the conflict was British. This discussion considers how the Revolution was actually much like a civil war, a struggle among Americans themselves who fought — often violently — over the political loyalties of their own communities and families.

Veterans and the American Revolution

February 20, 2019

Americans today appreciate that a desperate military struggle secured their nation’s independence from the British Empire. Revolutionary soldiers battled professional British troops, stalwart loyalists, and extensive hardships for want of adequate clothing, food, and funding. The inconsistent support of their own fledgling government compounded the soldiers’ difficulties. Soldiers like George Washington and those under his command resented their nation’s apparent indifference to their sacrifices. Veterans repeatedly demanded the state provide them adequate means to fight the British and financial security after the war concluded. Revolutionary era governments—federal and state—nevertheless often lacked the financial capacity to satisfy soldiers’ expectations. Once independence was achieved the grand question confronting the new republic was whether it could survive. One of the greatest threats to the United States’ survival came from veterans who resented their mistreatment and threatened violence should government ignore their pleas. This discussion considers how complex was the establishment of a new nation, forged in war, through violent forces not easily controlled.

Don't Forget the Ladies: The Homefront During the Founding Era

March 6, 2019

Much of what we learn about our Founding Era tells the narrative from a man's perspective given the times. Women played an integral role in the founding of this country spanning from the Revolutionary Era through the early days of the Republic. We will talk about these stories, drawing upon work provided by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. When we think about the role women played, we see how important the private sphere was in making the founding of this nation possible.

A More Perfect Union?

March 20, 2019

The American Revolution secured the independence of the United States, but it was not at all clear how the United States would function afterward. War brought political upheaval, social conflict, and an economic crisis that left Americans at each other’s throats. In this context, Americans argued, as we do today, about whether a strong national government or the states would be better to address these crises. This discussion considers how these arguments led to the Philadelphia convention of 1787 and the complicated political victory of the U.S. Constitution.


Platt Memorial Library

Studying the Founding Era

December 15, 2018

This program is a kick-off to our study series and will be held twice, to accommodate as many participants as possible. We'll give out readers to participants and give a simple overview of the texts contained. Participants will also be able to sign up for a discussion-based Facebook group.

Studying the Founding Era

Decemeber 17, 2018

We'll give out readers to participants and give a simple overview of the texts contained. Participants will also be able to sign up for a discussion-based Facebook group.

Moderated Discussion

January 13, 2019

Matt Keagle will be presenting on Realizing Independence, focusing on the shift from military to civil concerns and using material culture to spark a discussion about the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Mr. Keagle is the curator at Fort Ticonderoga.


Jefferson-Madison Regional Library

Moderated Discussion at the Central Library

February 24, 2019

Michael Dickens of James Madison's Montpelier will lead a moderated discussion on the humanities themes of nation-making and state-making as well as dissent and national security. Dickens will use his expertise about the creation of the Constitution in, in concert with current news stories, to examine how the document, its meaning, and the Bill of Rights are interpreted and implemented today.

Campbell County Public Library

Town Hall

June 18, 2018

The Friends of New London will have an exhibit set up of the artifacts they have uncovered at a local tavern that was operational during the Founding Era. Presenters include Adam Dean, Associate Professor of History and Environmental Historian; Randy Lichtenberger, Archaeologist and Chair of the Friends of New London; Pastor Carl Wieser, Hyland Heights Baptist Church; and Carwile Revely, Board Member Campbell County Historical Society.

Thomas Jefferson

September 27, 2018

An interactive program for history students at Poplar Forest (1542 Bateman Bridge Rd), home of Thomas Jefferson. Program will be presented by History and Government Teacher, Aaron Scott and Poplar Forest school tour guide, Kathy Kramer.

Williamsburg Regional Library


September 18, 2018

Debate moderated by Rachel Moore, History Teacher, Williamsburg, VA.

Town Hall

September 24, 2018

Town Hall featuring Karin Wulf, Professor, History and Director of Omohundro Institute, The College of William & Mary; Paul Mapp, William E. Pullen Associate Professor, History, The College of William & Mary; and Jesse Kelley, Adult Services Librarian, Adult Programming, Williamsburg Regional Library.


Waunakee Public Library

The Creation of the Bill of Rights: James Madison's "Nauseous Project"

June 13, 2018

Learn about the development of the US Constitution and Bill of Rights, the debates surrounding them, and James Madison's role in it all. Presented by Tim Moore from The Center for the Study of the American Constitution at UW-Madison.

Then and Now

June 21, 2018

Today’s ideological cleavage seems toxic to contemporary political observers and laymen alike. Comparing this bombastic climate to the Loyalists and “Rebels” of the American Revolution seems too tempting to pass without comment. Are the differences today greater or less substantial than those of two and a half centuries ago? Is there likeness in the ideological conflicts? Does one vision portend the future? Are we headed to the same irreparable and climactic split? Presented by Mike Jacobs, Associate Professor of History at UW-Baraboo.

West Virginia

Burnsville Public Library

Town Hall

August 14, 2018

Town Hall with Todd Gunter, Aide to Senator Capito.

History Alive!

September 17, 2018

Presentation by Leon Alexander as Benjamin Franklin followed by discussion about the Constitution in Social Studies Classes at Braxton Middle School.

History Alive!

September 17, 2018

Presentation by Leon Alexander as Benjamin Franklin followed by discussion about the Constitution in Social Studies Classes for the general public.