The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) is pleased to announce that its inaugural Columbus Day Lecture will be held on Monday, October 14, at 6:30 p.m., at AHI headquarters, 21 West Park Row, Clinton.  AHI Charter Fellow Douglas Ambrose, the Carolyn C. and David M. Ellis ’38 Distinguished Teaching Professor of History at Hamilton College, will speak on “Telling American Stories:  Columbus Day in History.”

AHI Charter Fellow Doug Ambrose

Professor Ambrose describes his lecture as follows:  “National holidays, like the nations that create them, have histories.   By examining the history of Columbus Day—its origins in and development through time—we can appreciate how various Americans in different eras have understood the man, his deeds, and the day. Exploring the history of the holiday allows us to reflect on what the day has meant for Americans—and what it means to Americans today.”

AHI President Robert Paquette will introduce Professor Ambrose by explaining why AHI created the event and what it hopes to accomplish.  The event, which is part of AHI’s Alexander Hamilton initiative to promote the serious study of history, is open to the public.  Snacks and refreshments will be provided.