A special public program to support the Voices and Votes exhibition, this lecture will explore the poetry and public voices of two published Black poets of eighteenth-century America, Phillis Wheatley and Jupiter Hammon, highlighting their lives and work, politics, relationship to each other, and their legacies.

Scholar Lecture with Historian David Waldstreicher, PhD

Date: Thursday, April 18, 2024
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: Cold Spring Harbor Library, 95 Harbor Road, Cold Spring Harbor, NY and via Zoom
Cost: Free

David Waldstreicher is a historian of early and nineteenth-century America with particular interests in political history, cultural history, slavery and antislavery, and print culture. He is the author of The Odyssey of Phillis Wheatley: A Poet’s Journey American Slavery and Independence (2023); Slavery’s Constitution: From Revolution to Ratification (2009); Runaway America: Benjamin Franklin, Slavery and the American Revolution (2004); and In the Midst of Perpetual Fetes: The Making of American Nationalism, 1776-1820 (1997).

“A New Agora for New York: Museums as Spaces for Democracy” has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
This project is supported by a grant awarded to the Museum Association of New York by Empire State Development and I LOVE NY/New York State’s Division of Tourism through the Regional Economic Development Council initiative.
Voices and Votes has been made possible in New York State by the Museum Association of New York. Voices and Votes: Democracy in America is part of Museum on Main Street (MoMS), a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide.
Support for MoMS in New York State has been provided by the United States Congress, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the William G. Pomeroy Foundation. To learn more visit museumonmainstreet.org, sites.si.edu, or nysmuseums.org.