Author and historian Alan Taylor will present a lecture entitled “The Civil War of 1812: A Continent Divided” on Friday, September 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall, 1610 NYS Route 22 (at Whallons Bay Road) as part of the commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Plattsburgh.
A leading historian of early United States history, Alan Taylor won a 2014 Pulitzer Prize for his book The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832. He was also a Pulitzer Prize recipient in 1996 for William Cooper’s Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic. Taylor currently teaches at the University of Virginia.
The following day, Saturday September 20, local historians and authors Shirley LaForest and Morris Glenn will lead a roundtable discussion on “Essex in the War of 1812.” The roundtable will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the CFES Conference Center at 2303 Main Street in Essex. A luncheon and walking tour of historic sites in the village of Essex will follow.
Admission to Alan Taylor’s lecture is $5.00 per person and students are free. A seat at the roundtable for lunch and tour is $20.00, or $5.00 for roundtable only. Reservations are required for the lunch and tour, and can be made by calling 518- 963-4170 or by e-mail to email@example.com.