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.


Pines & Planes Libraries, Elizabeth Library

Town Hall

June 15, 2018

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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

New Jersey

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

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.


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.


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.