Yorktown Lecture Series Explores Life of George Washington

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yorktown victory centerYorktown Victory Center is presenting a series of lectures on the life and legacy of George Washington this fall.

Edward J. Larson presented the first lecture, which took place Sept. 24. Author of “The Return of George Washington, 1783-1789” and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for History, Larson’s lecture covered the period of Washington’s life from his victory at Yorktown to his inauguration as the first United States president eight years later.

Historian and archaeologist Philip Levy will speak Oct. 20 about “George Washington and the Cherry Tree: A New Look at a Story You Thought You Knew.” Levy has written two books on Washington and co-leads the excavation of Washington’s childhood home, Ferry Farm. His lecture will debunk some of the common myths and misconceptions about our nation’s first president.

The series’ penultimate presentation Oct. 27 will feature author and former White House speech writer Jonathan Horn’s lecturing about “Robert E. Lee: The Man Who Would Not Be Washington.” This talk will take an unconventional look at the achievements of Washington by viewing them through the lens of another brilliant general whose path turned him against the preservation of Washington’s greatest achievement.

The series will conclude Nov. 10 with “George Washington’s Journey,” a lecture from T.H. Breen in which he will explore how Washington transformed America’s political culture in the early months of his presidency. Breen is author of the forthcoming book on the topic and the James Marsh Professor at Large at the University of Vermont, as well as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Thomas Jefferson International Center at Monticello in Charlottesville.

All lectures in the series are free and take place at 7 p.m. on their appointed nights. Advance reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 757-253-4572 or emailing rsvp@jyf.virginia.gov.