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Winter Lecture Series, "Risky Business: Getting Ahead in the Early Republic"

Deerfield Community Center, Free.

“ ‘Parson Weems’ and the (Re)making of George Washington,” Presented by Steven Bullock, Professor of History, Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

A rising generation of citizens vigorously pursued happiness in the decades following the American Revolution. For some, this meant taking morally dubious and potentially disastrous shortcuts to fame and fortune. This lecture series explores the fascinating histories of individuals willing to bend or even break established customs and laws in their quest to “get ahead” in the new republic. Join us as we learn more about the lively and unconventional careers of two women who made crime pay, an artistic counterfeiter, and a creative biographer.