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Thursday, May 21
Jeffrey L. Wright
“The Life of A. Mitchell Palmer”
A. Mitchell Palmer, 1872-1936, led a life of both public acclaim and public scorn. He served as U.S. attorney general from 1919 to 1921 under President Woodrow Wilson and is best known for overseeing the anticommunist "Palmer Raids" during the Red Scare during that time.

Palmer established a legal practice in Stroudsburg after graduating from college, and won election to the U.S. House of Representatives, serving from 1909 to 1915.

 Explore PA History: A. Mitchell Palmer

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Thursday, June 18
Susan Bachor
“The Lenni Lenape”
Susan Bachor, archeologist for the Delaware Tribe Historical Preservation Office and an adjunct professor at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, will give a presentation on the native people also known as the Lenni Lenape.

(Shown above: Benjamin West’s painting of William Penn’s 1682 treaty with the Lenape.)

“The Delaware people are still here,” Bachor says. “­They still exist, they are not in a long-lost history book; these are groups of people who still live inside the United States.”

The Delaware Tribe Historical Preservation Office has a partnership with ESU that works to increase cultural awareness among students. ESU’s campus is located in the heart of the Delaware tribe’s original lands.

 Delaware Tribe Historical Preservation Office

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Thursday, July 16
“Field to Front: Nittany Lions at War, 1917-1919”
Join us for a free reception at the Stroud Mansion to mark the installation of this traveling exhibition from the Penn State All-Sports Museum.

(Shown above: Penn State football players William “Whitey” Thomas served during WWI in the fledgling U.S. Army Air Service.)

This award-winning exhibit traces the university’s history during through the lens of Nittany Lion athletes who served in France and Italy.

 Penn State All-Sports Museum to exhibit ‘Field to Front: Nittany Lions at War, 1917-1919‘

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Thursday, September 17
Dr. Shannon Frystak
“Women’s Suffrage and the Passing of the 19th Amendment”
Dr. Frystak, a professor of history at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, is an award-winning writer and historian who specializes in the modern civil rights movement, with an emphasis on female activism.

 MCHA — Suffrage Movement has Local Ties

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Thursday, October 15
Julia Burns
“Charles Willson Peale: Renaissance Man”
Charles Willson Peale, 1741-1827 — painter, soldier, scientists, inventor, politician and naturalist — was one of the most influential figures in American art, and was the head of a large artistic family who helped shape the image of the nation.

(Shown above: “The Artist in His Museum,” a self-portrait from 1822, when Peale was in his 80s.)

Julia Burns, administrative assistant at the Monroe County Historical Association, received her undergraduate degree in fine arts with a concentration in art history at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania.

 Britannica — Charles Willson Peale

Lecture Series

May through October • 7 p.m.
Stroud Mansion, 900 Main Street
The Monroe County Historical Association is pleased to present its 2020 Third Thursday Lecture Series.

All presentations are held the third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Stroud Mansion. (There will be no program in August).

All presentations are free, but due to limited seating, reservations are required.

Call 570-421-7703 or contact us.

May 21
The Life of A. Mitchell Palmer
June 18
The Lenni Lenape
July 16
Exhibit reception: “Field to Front: Nittany Lions at War, 1917-1919.”
September 17
Women’s Suffrage and the Passing of the 19th Amendment
October 15
“Charles Willson Peale: Renaissance Man”

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED as space is limited.

Reservations: Call 570-421-7703 or contact us.
NOTE: The lectures are held on the second flood of the historic Stroud Mansion, which is NOT wheelchair accessible.