Winter Lecture Series – 2015

The 2015 Winter Lecture series concludes on Tuesday March 24th with its 4th guest presentation.  
The theme for this year’s series is:  Living on the Edge: The Frontier Remembered in Early American Fiction

Where:  All Lectures will take place in the Dairy Barn Lecture Hall at the Frontier Culture Museum
When:  7:00 PM for each of the 4 lecture dates noted below
Cost:  This event is free to the public


Comfort Inn

Accommodations for our guest speakers provided by
Comfort Inn – Staunton
877-424-6423 / 540-886-5000
1302 Richmond Ave., Staunton, VA



Alan Taylor

Lecture #1: Tuesday March 3, 2015
Alan Taylor – “James Fenimore Cooper’s Vision of the American Frontier”
Mr. Taylor is a historian specializing in early American history. He is the author of a number of books about colonial America, the American Revolution, and the Early American Republic. He has won two Pulitzer Prizes and the Bancroft Prize for his work.

Lecture #2: Tuesday March 10, 2015
Eric A. Bryan – “Romance on the Border of Old Virginia: The Shenandoah Valley Frontier in the Novels of John Esten Cooke.”
Mr. Bryan is the Deputy Director of the Frontier Culture Museum where he provides general management and administration of this outdoor living-history museum, educational institution, and agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia.


Robert Battistini

Lecture #3: Tuesday March 17, 2015  (Rescheduled from February 24)
Robert Battistini – “Federalist Canary in the Coal Mine of the Frontier: Hugh Henry Brackenridge’s (Reluctant) Encounter with Emergent America in Modern Chivalry
Mr. Battistini is the department specialist in American literatures before 1900 at Centenary College in New Jersey.  In addition to his scholarly research, He is a  co-editor of the Literary Magazine volume of the new Charles Brockden Brown Scholarly Edition.


Todd Hagstette

Lecture #4: Tuesday March 24, 2015  (Rescheduled from February 17)
Todd Hagstette – “Where Civilization and the Wild Collide: The Frontier Imagination of William Gilmore Simms”
Mr. Hagstette leads the Simms Initiative at the University of South Carolina and also edits the journal of the William Gilmore Simms Society.