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    Emerson and Thoreau Collections

    Ms. Wilson described the collections of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau materials held by the library. Emerson was the keynote speaker at the dedication of the library.

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    Thoreau and Slavery

    Actor Richard Smith, portraying Henry David Thoreau, read Thoreau’s "Slavery in Massachusetts". He then talked about the role of slavery in Thoreau’s lifetime. Thoreau was an abolitionist…

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    House of the Seven Gables

    Professor Schultz led a book club discussion of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s House of the Seven Gables. She also talked about Hawthorne’s career and writings and meaning of the novel.

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    Writings of Lewis and Clark

    The history of westward expansion was examined through the writings of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. Lewis and Clark led an expedition to explore the West following the Louisiana Purchase.…

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    Elizabeth Cady Stanton House

    A portion of a Booknotes program featuring Lynn Sherr was shown. She is the author of Failure is Impossible: Susan B. Anthony in her Own Words, published by Times Books. Ms. Sherr talked about the role of…

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    Elizabeth Cady Stanton Portrayal

    Elizabeth Cady Stanton, portrayed by Ms. Stearns, talked about her role as a pioneer in the women’s rights movement. She was one of the organizers of the first women’s rights convention in…

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    Writings of Sojourner Truth

    Guests examined the history of abolitionism, women’s suffrage, and the antebellum period through the writings of Sojourner Truth. She wrote an autobiography, with the help of Olive Gilbert,…

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    Herman Melville's Arrowhead

    A C-SPAN school bus crew toured Herman Melville’s home in Western Massachusetts. Susan Eisley talked about the life and writing career of Herman Melville.

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    Washington Irving Trail Musuem

    Carla Chlouber discussed the significance of Washington Irving’s life and his significance as the first short story author and literary celebrity in America. The Washington Irving Trail…

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    Lewis and Clark Journals

    Mr. Cox talked about the importance of the Lewis and Clark Journals in American history and examined the original manuscripts of thirty of their journals.

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    Writings of Elizabeth Cady Stanton

    Guests examined the history of the women’s rights movement and 19th century social relations through the writing of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Ms. Stanton drafted the Declaration of Sentiments adopted at the first women’s…

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    Sojourner Truth and Women's History

    Ms. McGill reenacted the fiery rhetoric and speaking style of Sojourner Truth. In the performance she talked about the experiences of Sojourner Truth.

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    On the Trail with Lewis and Clark

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    Lewis and Clark Discussion

    Mr. Moulton and Mr. Ambrose talked about the Lewis and Clark expedition, their journals and maps, and the significance of their discoveries.

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    Susan B. Anthony House

    A C-SPAN school bus crew toured the Susan B. Anthony House.

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    Sojourner Truth Discussion

    Following a broadcast of the C-SPAN American Writers program on Sojourner Truth, panelists answered audience questions about the legacy of Sojourner Truth.

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    Nathaniel Hawthorne Manuscripts

    Ms. Hodson talked about several manuscripts relating to Nathaniel Hawthorne housed at the Huntington Library.

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    Writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne

    Guests talked about the history of the antebellum era, the transcendental movement, and national politics prior to the Civil War through the writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne. Hawthorne wrote The…

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    Emerson and Thoreau Manuscripts

    The curator talked about the works of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau and showed manuscripts of some of their writings and letters. The Huntington Library houses a collection of…

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    Thoreau Discussion

    In a discussion titled, “Is Thoreau Alive and Well in Concord Today?,” teachers, students, Walden Pond Park staff members and others expressed their ideas about Henry David Thoreau’s…

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