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Biographer Harold Holzer Tells Story of Lincoln Memorial Sculptor

Image of Minuteman statueBrattleboro ~ Biographer Harold Holzer, a recipient of the National Humanities Medal, will speak on the life of Daniel Chester French, creator of the Lincoln Memorial, in a talk at Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro on April 30 at 7:00 p.m. His talk, Lincoln Memorial Sculptor Daniel Chester French: The Making of an Icon,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public. Please note: This First Wednesdays talk takes place on a special date on a Tuesday.

Holzer will tell the story of how Daniel Chester French became one of the great sculptors of the 19th century—creator of the Lincoln Memorial, “The Minute Man” of Concord, Massachusetts, and the “Spirit of Life,” which was created for Brattleboro’s park, stolen, and recovered.

Holzer is one of the country’s leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era. A prolific writer and lecturer, and frequent guest on television, he served for nine years as co-chairman of the United States Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission (ALBC), appointed by President Clinton in 2000. President Bush, in turn, awarded Holzer the National Humanities Medal in 2008. Holzer has written hundreds of articles for both popular magazines and scholarly journals. His television appearances include C-SPAN, The History Channel, PBS, The Today Show, CNN, and others. He lectures before Civil War and Lincoln groups and at museums, colleges, and history conferences throughout the country, and is the recipient of numerous awards for his work, including the coveted Lincoln Prize. He has authored, co-authored, and edited 40 books.

About First Wednesdays

The Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series is held on the first Wednesday of every month from October through May in nine communities statewide, featuring speakers of national and regional renown. Talks in Brattleboro are held at Brooks Memorial Library unless otherwise noted. The program is free, accessible to people with disabilities and open to the public. See the full schedule of Brattleboro First Wednesdays talks.

The statewide underwriters for the First Wednesdays 2018-2019 series are The Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation, the Windham Foundation, and the Institute of Museum & Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries.

“Daniel Chester French: The Making of an Icon” is underwritten by the Crosby-Gannett Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation.

Brooks Memorial Library is sponsored by Against the Grain, Brattleboro Auto Body & Detailing, Brattleboro Food Co-op, Brattleboro Savings & Loan and Park Place Financial Advisors, New ChapterThe Richards Group, and Windham World Affairs Council.

For more information, contact Brooks Memorial Library at 802.254.5290 or contact the Vermont Humanities Council at 802.262.2626 or , or visit www.vermonthumanities.org.

About Vermont Humanities Council

The Vermont Humanities Council seeks to engage all Vermonters in the world of ideas, foster a culture of thoughtfulness, and inspire a lifelong love of reading and learning. Because Ideas Matter.