Macedon Public Library, 30 Main St., will launch a three-part series of programs about the founding era with Laura Free, of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, at 6 p.m. on June 14.
The series is supported by a grant from The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and presented in partnership with American Library Association and National Constitution Center, with support from National Endowment for the Humanities.
Free will use selections from the grant-supplied reader, which contains scholarly essays on selected historical documents from the Gilder Lehrman Collection. Her presentation will focus on issues faced by women in the founding era as compared to modern day.
Free taught courses on women in American history, and wrote “Suffrage Reconstructed: Gender, Race and Voting Rights in the Civil War Era.”
“I am interested in political language, identity formation and the way that gender and race are created and re-created in the public political world,” Free said. “My work focuses on the interconnections between gender, race and politics in the 19th-century U.S.”
Those interested in participating in the series are encouraged to visit the library to borrow a copy of the reader that forms the basis of the discussions offered in the presentations. Visit foundingera.org to access an online copy of the reader.
Registration is required for each presentation. Light refreshments will be served. Call (315) 986-5932 for information.