Revisiting the Founding Era Town Hall

The Bill Memorial Library in the City of Groton, CT is proud to present “Revisiting the Founding Era: A Town Hall Discussion” on Wednesday, July 25th at 5:30pm. Join us for this panel discussion with scholars and community leaders as we explore the themes and ideas that shaped the Founding Era of our country and how those themes continue to influence our lives today. Our panel will feature Dr. Roger Smith of Colonial Research Associates, Dr. Kevin McBride of the University of Connecticut, Mayor Keith Hedrick of the City of Groton, and Councilor Jill Rusk of the City of Groton. Following their panel discussion, the floor will be opened for question and answer. This program is free and open to the public. Registration is appreciated. For more information or to register, please call the library at (860) 445-0392.

This programming series at the Library is made possible by a Revisiting the Founding Era grant awarded to the Bill Memorial Library in the summer of 2018. As part of the grant, The Bill Memorial Library received 10 copies of a reader containing scholarly essays on selected historical documents from the lauded Gilder Lehrman Collection, $1,000 to help implement programs, and additional digital resources, training, and support from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the American Library Association.

Revisiting the Founding Era is a three-year national initiative of The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, presented in partnership with the American Library Association and the National Constitution Center, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant provides 100 public libraries across the country the opportunity to use historical documents to spark public conversations about the Founding Era’s enduring ideas and themes and how they continue to influence our lives today. For more information about Revisiting the Founding Era and participating libraries, visit

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