Celebrated Historian Gordon Wood to Speak April 24 at Mather Homestead

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Pulitzer Prize winning historian Gordon S. Wood, known as the “great historian of the American Revolution,” will discuss “Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson” at the Mather Homestead in Darien on April 24.

Photo (on Wikimedia Commons) by Kenneth C. Zirkel

Gordon Wood, an award-winning historian specializing in the American Revolution, at Brown University (2006)

The event, part of the Mather Homestead’s Scholars Lecture Series, takes place at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 24 with wine and cheese at the homestead followed by the lecture.

He is the Alva O. Way University Professor Emeritus at Brown University and the recipient of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for History for his book, The Radicalism of the American Revolution.

His book, The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787, won a 1970 Bancroft Prize, and his 2017 book, Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the evening’s topic, was names a New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2017.

“We are thrilled to have such a distinguished scholar on American history at the Mather Homestead. An important part of the Mather mission is to educate our community on 18th century history, something that is being lost in current educational curriculums and communities,” said Mia Mitchell-Cortellesi, Mather Homestead Foundation board member and chairperson of the Scholars Lecture Series.

If You’re Going …

  • Guests will be invited to enjoy wine and cheese at the Mather Homestead starting at 6:30 p.m. and then walk over by luminary to the Joseph Mather, Jr. barn across from the Mather Property to hear the lecture at 7:30pm.
  • Members of the Mather Homestead book club can also join a book club discussion at the homestead on Thursday, April 11.
  • Tickets are now on sale online at the cost of $75 per adult and $40 for seniors and students. All proceeds will benefit the continued preservation and restoration of the Mather Homestead property.
  • Tickets can be purchased online.

About the Mather Homestead

The Mather Homestead was built in 1778 and owned by the Mather family through seven generations, until 2017 when it was donated to The Mather Homestead Foundation thanks to the generosity of the McPherson family.

The Mather Homestead is known for its important role during the Revolutionary War raids and also as the home of Stephen Tyng Mather, the founder and first Director of the National Park Service.

The Mather Homestead Foundation is dedicated to the preservation of the Mather House as a treasured historical place for education and enjoyment. The Foundation appreciates donations which help us to fund the ongoing operations of the Mather Homestead.

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