SPECIAL LECTURES & PROGRAMS

Lecture: “Hamilton: How the Musical Remixes American History”

Tuesday, Oct. 5 • 3-4 pm
Dr. Richard Bell
Online via Zoom

America has Hamilton-mania! With the show re-opening on Broadway and streaming on Disney+, everyone’s talking about Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning musical. Its crafty lyrics, hip-hop tunes, and big, bold story have sparked huge interest in the real lives and true histories that Hamilton: The Musical puts center stage. Join University of Maryland historian Richard Bell to explore this musical phenomenon to reveal what its success tells us about the marriage of history and show-business.

Dr. Richard Bell


Dr. Richard Bell is professor of history at the University of Maryland. He is the author of the new book Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and their Astonishing Odyssey Home. The book was a finalist for the 2020 George Washington Prize and the 2020 Harriet Tubman Prize. Rick has held major research fellowships at Yale, Cambridge, and the Library of Congress and is the recipient of the National Endowment of the Humanities Public Scholar award. Rick also serves as a Trustee of the Maryland Center for History and Culture, as an elected member of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, and as a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Lecture: “The Cigar Industry in Florida”

Wednesday, Oct. 13 • 10-11 am
Dr. Josh Goodman
Online via Zoom

Florida’s cigar industry started out as a way to supply the growing demand for Cuban tobacco products while sidestepping high tariffs and restrictions on imports from Spanish Cuba. By the turn of the 20th century, the industry was a large and growing economic force that had taken root in cities across the state—Key West, Tampa, Miami, Jacksonville, even Tallahassee.

Lecture: “Florida and the Dawning of the Space Age”

Wednesday, Oct. 20 • 10-11 am
Dr. Josh Goodman
Online via Zoom

When the crew of Apollo 11 landed on the moon in 1969, it was a stunning achievement for the United States and its space program. It was also the culmination of a period of rapid change for Florida, especially Central Florida. Only 20 years before the moon landing, Cape Canaveral and the surrounding area had been relatively undeveloped, mostly known for its beautiful beaches, good fishing, and old-Florida charm. All that changed once the United States began using the Cape for missile testing and later spaceflight operations.

Josh Goodman


Dr. Josh Goodman is the Archives Historian at the State Archives of Florida in Tallahassee. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from Florida State University, and a doctorate in history from Tulane University in New Orleans. As Archives Historian, Josh supervises the digitization of historical records for the award-winning Florida Memory website and promotes the study of Florida history through community outreach and educational programs.

Lecture: “The Four Hiram Binghams: A Remarkable American Family”

Friday: Nov. 12 • 11 am-12:30 pm
Dr. Irving Kushner
Ringling College Museum Campus (Masks required)

Four of them had the same name: Hiram Bingham Sr., Hiram Bingham Jr., Hiram Bingham III, and Hiram Bingham IV. Their lifespans extended over two centuries; the first one was born in 1789; the last died in 1988. Their careers reflected America’s changing values and challenges over that period. They were active all over the globe. One of them discovered Machu Picchu, and another saved many refugees from the Nazis. Two of them were models for characters in well-known works of fiction and plaques that commemorate them have been erected in Hawaii and Peru.

Lecture: “From Albany to Buffalo – Drums Along the Mohawk to Women’s Liberation”

Friday: Nov. 19 • 11 am-12:30 pm
Dr. Irving Kushner
Ringling College Museum Campus (Masks Required)

The Mohawk Valley was the site of fierce battles during the Revolutionary war—Drums Along the Mohawk—leading George Washington to clear the area of Native Americans. After the war, many settlers moved in. The Mohawk was the only valley that cut through the Appalachian Mountains, and thus was used to construct the Erie Canal. During the early decades of the 19th century, the “Second Great Awakening” —a powerful religious revival movement—was so successful in this area that this region was referred to as the “burnt out region.”

Dr. Irving Kushner has taught and carried out biomedical research at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine for many years, where he is a professor emeritus of medicine. He has lived in and written about Paris, France and has lectured on various aspects of history.

FEES per lecture

$12 Gold Member; $15 Silver Member & General Admission
No refunds. For information or to register, call 941-309-5111.

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