Hildene lectures will focus on key elections
Hildene, the former Manchester home of Robert Todd Lincoln, will host the series during its sixth annual spring symposium. This year, the symposium is titled, "The Nine Most Important Elections in U.S. History."
The lectures will look at the selected elections and examine how they influenced America, according to Hildene's Carrie Howe. On the agenda are the presidential elections of 1800, when Thomas Jefferson got the nod, and 1824, when John Quincy Adams was named the victor. The symposium will view Abraham Lincoln's two winning elections in 1860 and 1864.
It will also look at the elections of Rutherford B. Hayes 1876, Woodrow Wilson in 1912 and Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932. In addition to presidential elections, the Vermont Congressional Election of 1798 and the California Gubernatorial Election of 1934 fill out the agenda.
The symposium will start on Wednesday with registration from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Equinox Resort, followed by a cocktail reception and greeting from Hildene Executive Director Seth Bongartz and Chairman Michael Powers.
Howe said walk-in registration will be accepted for the lecture series on Thursday and Friday.
On Thursday, the symposium's keynote speaker Larry Tye, a former medical reporter at the Boston Globe, will speak at 8 p.m. Tye, an author, directs the Health Coverage Fellowship, which helps media cover critical health care issues.
During the day, speakers include Frank Williams, an author and Lincoln expert, who is chief justice of the Rhode Island state supreme court. He will discuss Lincoln's election in 1864.
Friday's speakers include Harold Holzer, vice president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and co-chairman of the U.S. Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, Melanie Gustafson, a history professor at the University of Vermont, and Kathleen Dalton, an author and Theordore Roosevelt expert.
Tickets to the entire symposium cost $350. Tickets for either Thursday or Friday cost $125, or $30 for students, and tickets to the keynote lecture and dinner on Thursday cost $100.
More information, including a full schedule of lectures and events, at the Hildene Web site, www.hildene.org, or by calling Hildene at 802-367-7960.
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