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Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University Presents the Inaugural John Kean Lecture in American History

Historian and journalist Richard Brookhiser, author of What Would the Founding Fathers Do?: Our Questions, Their Answers and the soon to be released George Washington on Leadership, will deliver the inaugural John Kean Lecture in American History at the Carriage House in Liberty Hall on March 26, 2008 at 2 p.m. A book signing of What Would the Founding Fathers Do? will follow the lecture.

“Rick Brookhiser is one of the leading authorities on the political and social origins of our American nation and an appropriate figure to launch our annual lecture series,” said Terry Golway, curator of the John Kean Center of American History at Liberty Hall and assistant professor of history at Kean University.

With the presidential election as a backdrop, Brookhiser will offer his views on some of the major political and social issues of the day. He will also analyze how Washington developed and displayed the executive and managerial skills to inspire an often ill-equipped and outnumbered army to defeat the British and then serve as the first president of a fledgling nation. In addition, Brookhiser will examine whether the solutions offered by the two political parties measure up to the “original intent” developed by our leaders during our nation’s formative years. He will address how the founding fathers would approach some of today’s more controversial issues.

Brookhiser is a senior editor at National Review and a columnist for Time. He has authored several biographies on key figures in our nation’s history such as George Washington, Alexander Hamilton and Gouverneur Morris. The Public Broadcasting System developed his book, Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington, into a documentary. Brookhiser served as the host narrator when the program aired on the PBS national network. Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University chronicles more than 200 years of American history. Built in 1772 by New Jersey’s first elected governor and signer of the Constitution, William Livingston, the Victorian-style mansion houses extensive collections of antique furniture, ceramics, textiles, toys and tools owned by seven generations of the Livingston/Kean families. The Firehouse is the latest addition to the Museum’s complex housing two antique fire engines and a collection of fire memorabilia. The lecture is free and open to the public. However, seating is limited. Please call for reservations at (908) 527-0400.

Liberty Hall is located at 1003 Morris Avenue in Union, New Jersey. It is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. For information about upcoming events, visit