J. L. BELL is a Massachusetts writer who specializes in (among other things) the start of the American Revolution in and around Boston. He is particularly interested in the experiences of children in 1765-75. He has published scholarly papers and popular articles for both children and adults. He was consultant for an episode of History Detectives, and contributed to a display at Minute Man National Historic Park.

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Saturday, November 01, 2014

“Letters from Washington” in Cambridge in November

This month Longfellow House–Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site in Cambridge will host a new series of discussions on George Washington, open to anyone.

Each Thursday at 6:00 P.M. the site’s Revolutionary War specialist, ranger Garrett Cloer, will lead chats about letters that Washington wrote on different topics:

  • November 6: Native Americans
  • November 13: Nationhood
  • November 20: Slavery

The selections will come from Washington’s military and political careers and periods of retirement. Copies will be provided at the start of each evening. The goal will be to explore how Washington viewed these issues and how his thinking might have changed over time.

These gatherings will take place in the Longfellow carriage house behind the mansion that Washington used in 1775-76 (and where the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and his family later lived). Parking in Cambridge is notoriously difficult, but some areas along Brattle Street become free at 6:00. For more information about the discussion series, call the site at 617-876-4491.

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