In collaboration with the New-York Historical Society, the Bryant Park Reading Room presents a series of free lectures on a wide array of topics including the American Revolution, presidential biography, women’s suffrage, and more.
The soil on which the United States was founded was once home to a vast and complex network of tribes and societies, including the Iroquois Confederacy, the Lenape, and the Delaware. Among his contemporaries, George Washington had perhaps the greatest understanding of the American frontier, its people, and how both would shape the future of the nation. Explore how Washington was influenced by this knowledge, from his early days as surveyor of Indian lands, to his military career against both the French and the British and, ultimately, his presidency, during which he developed diplomatic relations with the continent’s tribal leaders.
Colin G. Calloway, John Kimball Jr. 1943 Professor of History and Professor of Native American Studies at Dartmouth College, is the author of The Indian World of George Washington: The First President, the First Americans, and the Birth of the Nation.
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 yellow 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 reservation is required. First come, first served.
This program is produced in partnership with the Bryant Park Corporation.