The Carl M. Buchholz Memorial Lecture with Annette Gordon-Reed

“The Past in the Present: Dealing with Troublesome Histories”

Carl M. Buchholz Memorial Lecture Featuring Annette Gordon-Reed

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Annette Gordon-Reed, Carl M. Loeb University Professor at Harvard University, will join the Museum virtually to examine how we can wrestle with — and have honest dialogue about — the complexities in our nation’s history. Many of the people and institutions we admire were born in eras when the lives of Black people, women, and Indigenous people were devalued. How do we find our way to a usable past? Gordon-Reed will draw on her Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, which explores the enslaved Hemings family and casts new light on the relationship between Sally Hemings and her master, Thomas Jefferson.

The event marks the third Carl M. Buchholz Memorial Lecture, a series established by the generosity of the family, friends, and colleagues of the late Carl M. Buchholz, former vice chairman of the Museum’s Board of Directors. The series was created to honor his public service and to explore the political thought of the American Revolution and its relevance today.

Registration is required by reserving a ticket for this free virtual event. All guests will receive confirmed ticket information with access instructions and a timely reminder email on the day of the event. Please contact us at or call 215.253.6731 with questions on how to access this virtual event, hosted on Zoom Webinar.

Program Schedule:

5:45 p.m. Log-in to Zoom Webinar Event
6 p.m. Opening Remarks & Lecture with Live Q&A
7:15 p.m. Conclusion

About Annette Gordon Reed

Annette Gordon-Reed is the Carl M. Loeb University Professor at Harvard University. She won the Pulitzer Prize in History in 2009 for The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family (W.W. Norton, 2008), a subject she had previously written about in Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy (University Press of Virginia, 1997). She is also the author of Andrew Johnson (Times Books/Henry Holt, 2010).

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