Thursday, Nov 12, 2020 6:00p -
ONLINE via Boston Public Library
700 Boylston St
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History, Lectures & Conferences, Virtual & Streaming
Join the Boston Public Library, American Ancestors/New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), and the GBH Forum Network for an online talk with Nathaniel Philbrick about Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War as part of the BPL's Baxter Lecture series. Ryan J. Woods (https://www.americanancestors.org/about/staff/executive-office#Ryan%20Woods
) from NEHGS will be the moderator and a representative of the State Library of Massachusetts will be a co-host. BPL President David Leonard (https://www.bpl.org/content/leonard-david/
) will introduce this program. People who are interested in attending are kindly asked to register at the following page by the GBH Forum Network: https://wgbh.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0rMJY5LAS2Kez0xNcm7qvw
How did America begin? That simple question launches the acclaimed author of In the Hurricane's Eye and Valiant Ambition on an extraordinary journey to understand the truth behind our most sacred national myth: the voyage of the Mayflower and the settlement of Plymouth Colony. As Philbrick reveals in this electrifying history of the Pilgrims, the story of Plymouth Colony was a fifty-five year epic that began in peril and ended in war. New England erupted into a bloody conflict that nearly wiped out the English colonists and natives alike. These events shaped the existing communities and the country that would grow from them.
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. For free shipping (media mail only), use the coupon code BPLSHIP, which can be applied under the "Coupon discount" field on the order form during checkout.
"Vivid and remarkably fresh...Philbrick has recast the Pilgrims for the ages." - The New York Times Book Review
2007 Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in History
New York Times Book Review Top Ten books of the Year
Nathaniel Philbrick grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he attended Linden Elementary School and Taylor Allderdice High School. He earned a BA in English from Brown University and an MA in America Literature from Duke University, where he was a James B. Duke Fellow. He was Brown University’s first Intercollegiate All-American sailor in 1978, the same year he won the Sunfish North Americans in Barrington, RI. After working as an editor at Sailing World magazine, he wrote and edited several books about sailing, including The Passionate Sailor, Second Wind, and Yaahting, A Parody.
In 1986, Philbrick moved to Nantucket with his wife Melissa and their two children. In 1994, he published his first book about the island’s history, Away Off Shore, followed by a study of the Nantucket’s native legacy titled Abram’s Eyes. He is the founding director of the Egan Maritime Institute and a research fellow at the Nantucket Historical Association.
In 2000, he published the New York Times bestseller, In the Heart of the Sea, winner of the National Book Award for nonfiction, followed by Sea of Glory, winner of the Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt Naval History Prize and the Albion-Monroe Award from the National Maritime Historical Society, and Mayflower, finalist for both the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in History and the Los Angeles Times Book Award and winner of the Massachusetts Book Award for nonfiction. His writing has also appeared in Vanity Fair, the New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and The Boston Globe. He has appeared on the Today Show, the Morning Show, Dateline, PBS’s American Experience, CSPAN, and NPR.
Ryan J. Woods is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS). Engaged in museum and library management for more than a decade, Ryan oversees the nonprofit organization’s day-to-day operations. Since 2007, he has held successive roles developing education programs, supervising the research library, and leading technology and business initiatives, including the creation of the flagship website, AmericanAncestors.org, and the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center. Prior to NEHGS, Ryan served in several key capacities at the Mary Baker Eddy Library and at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, where he was recognized by members of Congress and the Archivist of the United States with a special commendation for outstanding achievement in public service. Ryan serves on several boards of historical and educational institutions; he is descended from four Mayflower passengers.