|Richard Gillespie: McCauley Lecture|
Event Type: Western Maryland History|
Age Group(s): Adults (18+)
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:15 PM
Richard Gillespie will be the featured speaker for the March 6, 2017 Robert McCauley Historical Lecture being held at the Fletcher Library located at 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD. The lecture titled "Hunting the Gray Ghost: Finding John Mosby in the Potomac Frontier" is free and open to the public. It will be held in rooms 308 and 309 beginning at 7:00 PM.Library: Hagerstown (Central) Washington County Free Library
Richard Treat Gillespie is the Historian Emeritus for the Mosby Heritage Area Association based in Middleburg, Virginia, having just stepped down as Executive Director January 1st. He has been with the Mosby Heritage Area Association since 2004, serving for many years as the Director of Education, in charge of school and public programming and publications. In a first career, he taught U.S. History for thirty years at Loudoun Valley High School in Purcellville, Virginia, helping to partner his students with a variety of historic sites and historical organizations and bringing students on over 500 field trips. He also worked as a seasonal National Park Ranger at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park for many years. He is a graduate of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg with a B.A. in History and an M.A. in Museum Education. He strongly believes in the value of local history with its associated historical landscape, and works to share that history and promote preservation of the historical landscape in our region.
At the end of 1862 when John Singleton Mosby was detached from General J.E.B. Stuart’s headquarters to operate behind enemy lines, he was a 29-year-old scout raised on stories of Francis Marion, the “Swamp Fox” of the American Revolution. Today, John Mosby’s name graces many things just across the Potomac in Northern Virginia. From roads to restaurants, farms to markets, dogs to discount centers, it’s hard to forget the name of the former attorney—and famed Confederate raider. In 1995, citizens and organizations created the Mosby Heritage Area to emphasize the historical value of the stories and places still gracing the back roads and highways of Loudoun, Fauquier, western Prince William, Clarke, and Warren counties. "Hunting the Gray Ghost:John Mosby on the Potomac Frontier" looks at the Mosby story in terms of the preserved landscape of today’s Mosby Heritage Area.
Location: Community Room - 1 & 2 - 308/309 (Hagerstown)