From the Director

Brown’s Gordon Wood to receive National Humanities Medal

On behalf of the Providence Public Library, our Trustees and staff, I would like to congratulate Professor Gordon S. Wood on this latest accomplishment!

Providence Public Library is thrilled and honored to be hosting Professor Wood this Saturday, March 5 at 2:00 pm.  He will speak about his newest book Empire of Liberty.

If you are able, I encourage you to attend this talk and book signing by one of Rhode Island’s noted authors, and arguably our most famous historian.  Wood, a scholar of the American Revolution and the early American republic, won the Pulitzer Prize for history for his 1992 book, The Radicalism of the American Revolution.  His 1969 work The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787 won the Bancroft Prize in history, and his 2004 The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin won the Julia Ward Howe Prize from the Boston Authors Club.

His Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815, published in 2009, was a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in history.

What “great luck” for all of us that Professor Wood will visit PPL just three days after receiving this significant national award at the White House!  Don’t be left out… take advantage of this opportunity this Saturday!



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