David McCullough and Brent D. Glass: Essential Historic Sites

WED, JUN 15, 2016 (54:21)

Acclaimed prize-winning author David McCullough and expert historian Brent D. Glass, Director Emeritus of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, discuss the importance of experiencing and preserving our essential historic sites and their stories: compelling struggles of democracy and self-government; the dramatic impact of military conflict; the powerful role of innovation and enterprise; the inspiring achievements of diverse cultural traditions; and the defining influence of the land and its resources. The book 50 Great American Places: Essential Historic Sites Across the U.S. (2016), written by Glass with a foreword by McCullough, is a one-of-a-kind guide to fifty of these places - including Boston and sites on the Freedom Trail and Black Heritage Trail - that reveal a national narrative that is often surprising, sometimes tragic, and always engaging. (Photo: Flickr/Brandon Turner, image cropped)

+ BIO: David McCullough

Davis McCullough is called the “citizen chronicler” by Librarian of Congress James Billington. His books have led a renaissance of interest in Portrait of David McCulloughAmerican history, from learning about a flood in Pennsylvania that without warning devastated an entire community to discovering the private achievements and frailties of an uncelebrated president. McCullough’s biography of Harry Truman won him a Pulitzer, as did his most recent biography of another president, John Adams. David McCullough throws himself into the research of his subjects, tracing the roads they traveled, reading the books they read, and seeing the homes they lived in. His diligence pays off in detailed and engaging narratives. In receiving an honorary degree from Yale University the citation praised him. As an historian he paints with words, giving us pictures of the American people that live, breath, and above all, confront the fundamental issues of courage, achievement, and moral character.

+ BIO: Brent D. Glass

Brent D. Glass is Director Emeritus of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. A national leader in the preservation, interpretation, and promotion of history, he is a public historian who has pioneered influential oral history and material culture studies, an author, a television presence, and an international speaker on public memory and museum management.

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