Spring 2020 Lecture Series: “Jefferson’s Daughters” By Catherine Kerrison

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Tue, Apr 28 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Free

Old Barracks Museum
101 Barrack Street
Trenton, New Jersey 08608


Trenton, NJ— The Old Barracks is pleased to host lectures and discussions by leading historians and authors on a variety of subjects sponsored by the Society of Sons of the Revolution in the State of New Jersey. Lectures are free to attend, and pre-orders for books are encouraged.

 

Tuesday, April 28 at 7 PM: Catherine Kerrison will present a lecture on her book Jefferson’s Daughters: Three Sisters, White and Black in a Young America. Thomas Jefferson is among the most famous of America’s Founding Fathers, but it is easy to forget that he was an actual father to three daughters: Martha and Maria, by his wife Martha Wayles Jefferson, and Harriet by his slave Sally Hemings. This talk will explore the different life paths the eldest and youngest sisters chose, to see both the possibilities and the limitations for women and people of color as a result of the American Revolution. Their stories help us to understand issues of race and gender in our own day, and to reflect on the personal and political legacy of one of our most fascinating Founders.

 

All lectures are free of charge. Books can be pre-ordered online at: www.barracks.org.

 

ABOUT THE OLD BARRACKS MUSEUM: The Old Barracks Museum preserves the history of a building constructed as a French and Indian War military barracks and used as a Revolutionary War hospital. It also stood witness to Washington’s crucial victory at the Battle of Trenton. At the beginning of the 20th century, members of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Colonial Dames organized The Old Barracks Association and spearheaded a campaign to purchase the building. The building has been a museum for over a century and has frequently been used as a symbol for the state of New Jersey. The Old Barracks Museum welcomes visitors from across the state as well as around the world.