March 2018 / Presentation/Lecture

Dr. Gary Hylander Presents: America: 1968

The upcoming year marks the 50th Anniversary of 1968, a turbulent year in American History. One of Westwood's favorite orators, Dr. Gary Hylander, will discuss the Tet Offensive (3/7), the Assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy (3/21) and the Presidential Election of 1968 (4/4).

Hylander earned his PhD at Boston College, and is currently an independent scholar who specializes as a presidential historian, pedagogical specialist for the NEH, and has been professor of history at Framingham State University and at Stonehill College.  He is a frequent presenter at library forums, historical societies, senior living centers, civic and professional organizations, as well as a public affairs commentator on local cable news and radio.  No registration is required and all are welcome!

Wednesday, March 7 @ 7PM- The Tet Offensive *CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER*
Wednesday, March 21 @ 7PM- The Assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. &  Robert F. Kennedy
Wednesday, April 4 @ 7:00 PM- The Presidential Election of 1968

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Mar 28

Wed 7:00 pm

Irish Genealogy with Michael Brophy

A broad overview of Irish genealogy is presented with all three major religious groups will be presented: Catholic, Presbyterian and Anglican. The lecture will start with the central event in the history of Irish genealogy, the destruction of the Public records Office in Dublin on June 30, 1922. As a result unique challenges and realistic expectations for Irish ancestral research will be discussed. Vital records, immigration documentation, and unique resources will be presented. Examples are used to emphasize key principals and record holdings such as the lineage of notable Irish-American Grace Kelly. The overall goal of the lecture is to give attendees a practical guide to finding the origins of their Irish ancestors in a broad overview lecture. For beginners.

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