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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Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Conversations at Washington’s Headquarters

It’s not every day we get a chance to discuss George Washington’s policy decisions at one of his military headquarters.

This month, the Supervisory Park Ranger at Longfellow House–Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site in Cambridge, Garrett Cloer, will host two discussions of the commander-in-chief’s correspondence on important issues.

Open to anyone, these informal sessions are designed to be “a fun way to learn more about the general, the process of historical investigation, and perhaps a little about ourselves.” The topics are:

Thursday, 5 November, 6:30 P.M.
“Creating an Army: George Washington Reacts to New England”

Thursday, 19 November, 6:30 P.M.
“A Look at Washington’s Evolving Views on Slavery

The discussions will take place in the carriage house at the rear of the site. Each participant will receive copies of the Washington letters to be analyzed. For the staff to know how many handouts to make, they ask for all participants to reserve a space in advance by email or calling 617-876-4491.

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