Events: Lecture

“Sink Hole: How Kansas Crises Doomed the Presidencies of Franklin Pierce and James Buchanan”

  • September 29, 2017
  • 230 North President Avenue, Lancaster, PA
  • Social at 4pm | Lecture at 4:30pm
  • FREE
Pictured is Michael F. Holt, Ph.D. of Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia.

LancasterHistory.org kicks off the 2017 Presidential Lecture series on Friday, September 29, 2017 with Dr. Michael F. Holt for Sink Hole: How Kansas Crises Doomed the Presidencies of Franklin Pierce and James Buchanan. Holt’s presentation will explore how the two critical changes in the United State’s rule of law, the 1854 Kansas Nebraska Act and the 1857 Dred Scott Decision, created political tripping stones that destroyed the Presidencies of the 14th and 15th Presidents of the United States.

Michael F. Holt, Ph.D. is the Langbourne M. Williams Professor of American History Emeritus at the University of Virginia. Dr. Holt received his Bachelor of Arts at Princeton University and his doctorate at Johns Hopkins. He is the author of six books, including the award-winning The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party and By One Vote: The Disputed Presidential Election of 1876. One the United State’s most prolific and influential scholars on antebellum politics, Dr. Holt served as a keynote speaker at the 2008 President James Buchanan National Symposium at LancasterHistory.org.

Event Information: This event takes place in Ryder Hall at LancasterHistory.org. A social gathering begins at 4pm, followed by the lecture at 4:30pm. The event is free and open to the public. Ample parking available on-site.

Featured Event Lecture

Pumpkin: The Curious History of an American Icon

Celebrate autumn harvest season with LancasterHistory.org on Thursday, October 5. Professor Cindy Ott joins us to present Pumpkin: The Curious History of an American Icon. Why do so many Americans drive for miles each autumn to buy a vegetable that they are unlikely to eat? Americans have used the pumpkin to fulfill their desire to maintain connections to nature and to the family farm of lore, and small farms and rural communities have been revitalized in the process. While the pumpkin has inspired American myths and traditions, the pumpkin itself has changed because of the ways people have perceived, valued, and used it. Pumpkin is a smart and lively study of the deep meanings hidden in common things and their power to make profound changes in the world around us. Having done research in Lancaster County, Professor Ott will explore the fascinating history of the pumpkin and its connections to southeastern Pennsylvania.

Image of Cindy Ott.Cindy Ott is an associate professor in the history department and museum studies program at the University of Delaware. Her fields of expertise are American food and culture, U.S. environmental history, history and memory, and material and visual culture. Along with her book Pumpkin: The Curious History of an American Icon (2012), she has published articles on urban gardens, food reform movements, Indian and non-Indian relations, visual and material culture, and landscape and memory. She is the President of the Society of Fellows at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society based in Munich, Germany, and a member of the executive committee of the American Society for Environmental History. Cindy is currently writing a book entitled Biscuits and Buffalo: Squashing Myths about Food in Indian Country.

Event information: This event takes place in Ryder Hall at LancasterHistory.org. A social gathering begins at 4pm, followed by the presentation at 4:30pm. The event is free and open to the public. Ample parking available on-site.

Lecture

October 5, 2017 230 North President Avenue, Lancaster, PA Reception at 4pm | Presentation at 4:30pm FREE

Tobaccoland: Landscape, Culture, and the Transformation of Central PA, 1828-2017

LancasterHistory.org National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship recipient Caitlin Black will share findings from her research in the collections on Tobaccoland: Landscape, Culture, and the Transformation of Central PA, 1828-2017. Bring your lunch and your questions!

Caitlin’s research looks at tobacco in Central Pennsylvania from the nineteenth century to the present day. She is interested in both the agricultural and urban aspects of tobacco, including how it is grown, marketed, processed, and sold. Her research considers how technology, Pennsylvania German culture, gender, and material culture have shaped the local tobacco economy and distinguished it from other tobacco-growing locations. She is also interested in the role of national organizations and federal policies in affecting central Pennsylvania’s tobacco production and cigar manufacturing.

Image of Caitlin Black.Caitlin is a Ph.D. candidate in American Studies at Penn State, Harrisburg. She is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and holds a Master’s Degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Maryland. Caitlin has presented her research at conferences for organizations including the Eastern American Studies Association, Vernacular Architecture Forum, Pennsylvania Historical Association, New York Society of Folklore, and American Studies Association. She also serves as co-editor of New Errands: the Journal of Undergraduate American Studies. In addition, Caitlin teaches in the Humanities Department at Penn State, Harrisburg.

To attend this lecture, please RSVP by October 13 to Emily Miller at (717) 392-4633, Ext. 133 or by email at emily.miller@lancasterhistory.org.

Visit our Fellowship page to learn more about LancasterHistory.org’s Fellowship program and apply!

Lecture

October 17, 2017 230 North President Avenue, Lancaster, PA 12pm FREE

Expansionism Denied: President Buchanan’s Failed Quest to Annex Cuba

LancasterHistory.org continues the 2017 Presidential Lecture Series on Thursday, October 19, 2017 with Dr. Amy S. Greenberg for Expansionism Denied: President Buchanan’s Failed Quest to Annex Cuba. During his tenure as Secretary of State under President Polk, Buchanan sought the annexation of the island of Cuba. Greenberg’s presentation will explore how Buchanan was once again denied the annexation of Cuba during his own Presidency as he continued to pursue his interest in securing the island for the United States.

Amy S. Greenberg is the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Humanities at Penn State University. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1995, and B.A. from U.C. Berkeley in 1989. Her four books include Manifest Manhood and the Antebellum American Empire (Cambridge University Press, 2005), Manifest Destiny and American Territorial Expansion: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford/St. Martin’s Press, 2012), and most recently, A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico (Alfred A. Knopf, cloth: 2012; Vintage Books revised paperback edition, 2013), which was awarded book prizes from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, the Western History Association, and the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic.

Event Information: This event takes place in Ryder Hall at LancasterHistory.org. A social gathering begins at 4pm, followed by the lecture at 4:30pm. The event is free and open to the public. Ample parking available on-site.

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October 19, 2017 230 North President Avenue, Lancaster, PA Social at 4pm | Lecture at 4:30pm FREE

A Question of Sovereignties: James Buchanan, Utah Territory, & the Onset of a Federal West

More information coming soon!

Lecture

November 9, 2017 230 North President Avenue, Lancaster, PA Social at 4pm | Lecture at 4:30pm FREE