Thursday, October 12, 2017 -
6:00pm to 7:00pm
6:00 pm — Reception (with hors d'oeuvre and a cash bar)
7:00 pm — Lecture
*Please note: There was a slight change in the topic of this program. The information listed below is correct. We apologize if you found different information elsewhere on the internet and for the inconvenience.
Discover the look, feel, and smell of the executive mansion from Lincoln’s inauguration in 1861 to his assassination in 1865 with this illustrated lecture by noted author James Conroy. Conroy brings to life the people who knew Lincoln’s White House, from servants to cabinet secretaries. Participants will hear about the constant stream of visitors, from ordinary citizens to visiting dignitaries and diplomats. Conroy paints a picture of how the Lincolns lived and how the administration conducted day-to-day business during four of the most tumultuous years in American history. Relying on fresh research and a character-driven narrative and drawing on untapped primary sources, he takes guests on a behind-the-scenes tour that provides new insight into how Lincoln lived, led the government, conducted war, and ultimately, unified the country to build a better government of, by, and for the people.
James B. Conroy is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and the Georgetown University Law Center, and has been a trial lawyer in Boston for 32 years, having first pursued a public affairs career in Washington, D.C. as a House and Senate press secretary, speechwriter, and chief of staff. He served for six years in the United States Navy reserve in anti-submarine aviation units. Active in town affairs in Hingham, Massachusetts, he has chaired the town's Advisory Committee, its Government Study Committee and its Task Force on Affordability and coached youth sports teams.