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Lycoming professor explores state, American independence at Taber

Christopher Pearl, of Lycoming College, will hold a lecture at 10 a.m. March 12 at the Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historial Society, 858 W. Fourth St., Williamsport, related to this year’s theme of Made in Pennsylvania. This is the first lecture of the Taber’s 2020 Lecture Series. The program is free and open to the public and will be held in the Community Room.

Pearl’s research and teaching interests center upon the political, religious, social and legal history of American to 1877. He addresses questions related to local governance, British imperial politics and state formation during the American Revolution. Pearl also is working on a book on the American Revolution titled “Crisis of Governance: The Revolutionary Creation of an American State,” to be published by the University of Virginia Press this year.

As part of the Lecture Series, 14 lectures will be held throughout the year at Thursday morning Coffee hours or Sunday afternoon Society Programs. The lectures will focus on the culture and connections to the state.

Future lectures include Jill Thomas speaking on the history of the Sturgis Pretzel Company on May 17 and Thomas McLaughlin will speak about the history of the Stuart Tank, created at the American Car and Foundries facilities in Berwick, on June 21. Over 15,000 thanks were created for World War II and the Stuart Tank Memorial Association Committee in Berwick recently received one. The tank is being restored.

For more information, call 570-326-3326.

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