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Local historian to honor Patriots Day with Am. Revolution talk at National Archives in Waltham

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  April 18, 2012 01:10 PM

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In observance of Patriots Day, the National Archives in Waltham will host historian William Fowler Jr. to speak on Thursday, April 19 at 6 p.m. about his new work on the American Revolution.

Fowler’s new book, American Crisis: George Washington and the Dangerous Two Years After Yorktown, 1781-1783 chronicles this critical, rarely-documented period through the eyes of those who lived and influenced it, according to a statement from the Waltham-based organization.

Known as a dynamic presenter, Fowler is a professor of history at Northeastern University in Boston. Before joining the faculty at Northeastern, he served as director of the Massachusetts Historical Society for eight years.

He is the author of Empires at War: The French and Indian War and the Struggle for North America; Jack Tars and Commodores: The American Navy, 1783-1815; The Baron of Beacon Hill: A Biography of John Hancock; and Samuel Adams: Radical Puritan.

Fowler has taught courses dealing with the history of Boston, maritime history, and the history of New England. He is the Gay Hart Gaines Distinguished Fellow in American History at Mount Vernon.

Fowler also teaches at Mystic Seaport Museum and has lectured at the Smithsonian Institution, the United States Naval War College, and the Sea Education Association. He is a trustee of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Association, The Paul Revere Memorial Association, The Rhode Island Historical Society, and the Old North Church Foundation.

Fowler is a member of the Massachusetts State Archives Advisory Commission and an honorary member of the Boston Marine Society, as well as a consulting editor to The New England Quarterly.

The program is free and open to the public, however, reservations are recommended. To RSVP, call toll free 866-406-2379, or email boston.archives@nara.gov.

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