Robert McCauley Historical Lecture Series

Robert McCauley Historical Lecture Series

Washington County Free Library, 100 S. Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD B/C Meeting Room
Monday, December 1st, at 7:00pm
James Buchanan: Local Boy Makes Good...or Bad?" by Bob Savitt
James Buchanan, born in a log cabin not far from Hagerstown, is often depicted as an abysmal president whose administration contributed significantly to the outbreak of the Civil War. Yet, this financially successful lawyer and statesman was one of the most widely experienced men to hold the highest office in the land.
Bob Savitt will explore Buchanan's personal life and career from his boyhood in frontier Pennsylvania through a broken engagement to posts as U.S. congressman, senator, ambassador, cabinet officer, and, ultimately, the country's only bachelor president.
Dr. Savitt is a graduate of Colgate University and did his post-graduate work at Georgetown University. He has served in the Department of Defense and State Department and was Legislative Director for a U.S. Senator. Bob has authored articles on historic and other topics for several publications and has lectured widely in the area on twentieth century history. He is working on a book about professional baseball in the Cumberland Valley.
Additional information is available by calling John Frye in the Western Maryland Room, 301-739-3250, x158. Due to limited seating, tickets must be obtained in advance at the Adult Reference Desk.
Next lecture: Monday, January 5 - The Long Line of Splendor by John Schildt
Also of interest
Faces of the Civil War Book Club
Washington County Free Library, Hagerstown - Western Maryland Room
Thursday, December 4th at 6:30pm
This month we'll be discussing Black soldiers in the War. Choose your own title and in keeping with the holiday spirit, bring a snack to share. We'll also be deciding on topics/titles for the Spring, so bring any ideas or requests with you. This informal group meets on the first Thursday of the month to discuss books about the human face of the Civil War.
Further information from Carrie Plymire, 301-739-3250 x136, cplymire@washcolibrary.org.