Events: Presidential Lecture Series

The Persistence of Slavery in James Buchanan’s Pennsylvania

On Thursday, September 19, Dr. Cory James Young of the University of Iowa will join LancasterHistory for the presentation, “The Persistence of Slavery in James Buchanan’s Pennsylvania.” In 1826 on the House floor, Congressman James Buchanan professed his hatred of slavery and insisted that it did not exist in Pennsylvania. However, 30-years later, the 1856 State census still recorded an enslaved person living in Lancaster County, President-elect Buchanan’s home community. Dr. Cory James Young will discuss how slavery remained legal in Pennsylvania until the Civil War Era, contrary to the belief of Mr. Buchanan then and to many more today.

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Dr. Cory James Young

Dr. Cory James Young is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Iowa. His book manuscript, “For Life or Otherwise: Pennsylvania Slavery in the Age of Gradual Abolition,” explores how state legislation transformed rather than eliminated Black bondage in the Keystone State. His work has been supported by the Cumberland County Historical Society, Library Company of Philadelphia, and McNeil Center for Early American Studies. Dr. Young is a member of the Scholarly Advisory Committee for LancasterHistory’s forthcoming Thaddeus Stevens & Lydia Hamilton Smith Center for History and Democracy.

EVENT DETAILS & HOW TO REGISTER

This event will take place in person at LancasterHistory on Thursday, September 19, 2024. Doors open and a reception begins at 5pm. The lecture will begin at 5:30pm. The lecture will also be streamed to Zoom at 5:30pm for those who wish to join us virtually.

This program is free and open to the public. In-person attendance requires advance registration in order to guarantee a seat. Due to capacity restrictions, tickets may not be available at the door. Virtual attendance requires advance registration in order to receive the Zoom link. Register online by clicking the appropriate link below or by calling (717) 392-4633. Registration will close online on Thursday, September 19 at 5:30pm. The online version of this program will also be recorded and uploaded to LancasterHistory’s YouTube channel after the event.

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In-Person Event Lecture Online/Virtual Event Reception

September 19, 2024 Ryder Hall at LancasterHistory & Livestream 5pm Reception | 5:30pm Presentation FREE | Registration Required

Southern Unionism During the Antebellum and Civil War Era

On Thursday, October 10, Dr. Barton Myers of Washington & Lee University will join LancasterHistory for a presentation, “Southern Unionism During the Antebellum and Civil War Era.” Not every citizen of the American South supported the Confederacy and secession in the 1860s. Before and during the Civil War, many Southerners were Unionists who were repressed and punished for their views. Dr. Barton Myers of Washington & Lee University will join LancasterHistory for a presentation on these Unionists, including those who served within the Federal government like Buchanan’s Secretary of the Treasury, Howell Cobb of Georgia.

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Dr. Barton A. Myers

Dr. Barton A. Myers is a Professor of History at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, an award-winning teacher and author, and a recognized authority on the American Civil War, military history and Presidential history. He has taught at Cornell University, the University of Georgia, Texas Tech University, and currently teaches military history and Civil War era courses at Washington & Lee University. Before becoming a professor, Myers served as a historian with the National Park Service at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. Myers is a frequent consultant on American history for national media outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, the Richmond Times-Dispatch, and NPR’s Virginia Insight. Myers was a featured expert for the documentary miniseries “GRANT” and “LINCOLN.” He is the author of the awarding winning Executing Daniel Bright: Race, Loyalty, and Guerrilla Violence in a Coastal Carolina Community, 1861-1865 (LSU Press, 2009), Rebels Against the Confederacy: North Carolina’s Unionists (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2014), and he has a 2023 National Endowment for the Humanities grant supporting his current book project on the southern-born generals and admirals who fought for the Union cause during the Civil War.

EVENT DETAILS & HOW TO REGISTER

This event will take place in person at LancasterHistory on Thursday, October 10, 2024. Doors open and a reception begins at 5pm. The lecture will begin at 5:30pm. The lecture will also be streamed to Zoom at 5:30pm for those who wish to join us virtually.

This program is free and open to the public. In-person attendance requires advance registration in order to guarantee a seat. Due to capacity restrictions, tickets may not be available at the door. Virtual attendance requires advance registration in order to receive the Zoom link. Register online by clicking the appropriate link below or by calling (717) 392-4633. Registration will close online on Thursday, October 10 at 5:30pm. The online version of this program will also be recorded and uploaded to LancasterHistory’s YouTube channel after the event.

REGISTER TO ATTEND IN PERSON

REGISTER TO ATTEND ONLINE

By purchasing a ticket to our facility and/or program, you are agreeing to our Admissions & Programs Terms and Conditions.


Membership Makes History Happen! Your membership enables us to bring dynamic speakers to LancasterHistory and gives you other exciting benefits! Learn more about becoming a member of LancasterHistory or renewing your membership today.

In-Person Event Lecture Online/Virtual Event Reception

October 10, 2024 Ryder Hall at LancasterHistory & Livestream 5pm Reception | 5:30pm Presentation FREE | Registration Required