In collaboration with the New-York Historical Society, the Bryant Park Reading Room presents a series of free outdoor lectures on popular topics including biography, the Supreme Court, Civil War history, and more.
In his 50 years of public service—including as congressman, senator, secretary of state, and four-time presidential candidate—Henry Clay was a champion for the success of the American republic. A gifted negotiator, his orchestration of the Missouri Compromise and other agreements helped to soothe tensions between North and South and to keep the fragile nation intact—if only temporarily. Historian Harlow Giles Unger provides an illuminating look at the man revered by Abraham Lincoln as the “beau ideal of a statesman.”
Harlow Giles Unger is the author of 25 books, including 10 biographies of the Founding Fathers. His most recent title is Henry Clay: America’s Greatest Statesman.
This program will be held at the Reading Room in Bryant Park. The Reading Room is located on the 42nd Street side of the park between 5th and 6th Avenues. Look for the burgundy and white umbrellas.
Rain Venue: In case of summer showers, there will be an on-site tent. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location or contact the New-York Historical’s Department of Public Programs at 212-485-9205.
Free Admission. No advance reservations. First come, first served.
This program is produced in partnership with the Bryant Park Corporation