James Buchanan at Bedford Springs

James Buchanan at Bedford Springs

On Thursday, September 22, Penn State University professor Dr. Amy Greenberg will join LancasterHistory to discuss James Buchanan’s connection with Bedford Springs and how it played a role in his political life.

In 1796, natural springs with high mineral content were discovered in Bedford, Pennsylvania. Thought to have healing properties, these springs drew large crowds in the early 19th century, including well-known politicians like James Buchanan. Dr. Amy Greenberg will discuss James Buchanan’s time at Bedford Springs Resort, why it was such a destination for him, and how it contributed to his success as a politician.

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Amy Greenberg, Ph.D. is the George Winfree Professor of American History at Penn State University and a historian of antebellum America (1800-1860). Greenberg earned her BA from the University of California and MA and Ph.D. from Harvard University. She has published five books: Lady First: The World of First Lady Sarah Polk (Alfred A. Knopf/Vintage Books, 2019);  A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln, and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico (Alfred A. Knopf/Vintage Books, 2012); Manifest Manhood and the Antebellum American Empire (Cambridge University Press, 2005); Cause for Alarm: The Volunteer Fire Department in the Nineteenth-Century City; and Manifest Destiny and American Territorial Expansion: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford/St. Martin’s Press, 2012). Most recently she was named the President-Elect of the Society of Historians of the Early American Republic.



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In-Person Event Lecture

September 22, 2022 LancasterHistory, 230 N. President Ave., Lancaster Doors Open 6:30pm | Lecture Begins at 7pm FREE | Advance Registration Required!