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Writing a Personal Urban History

—The Importance of Genealogy and Local History for Understanding US History

Leslie M. Harris is among a group of historians who have turned to their own family and personal experiences as inspiration for writing history.

Letter to Anna Mayo Stevens Rich Metcalf, November 2, 1857. Call number: Midwest MS Metcalf, Box 2 Folder 50

This program will be held in-person at the Newberry and livestreamed on Zoom. The online version of this event will be live captioned. Please register below.

Academic historians have sometimes struggled to understand how local and family histories illuminate national histories. Are they just exceptional, or can they provide new insights into some of the most challenging historical questions? Leslie M. Harris is among a group of historians who have turned to their own family and personal experiences as inspiration for writing history. The Newberry's collections on local history and genealogy provide a productive intellectual context for her work.

In this program, Dr. Harris will discuss with the Newberry's Daniel Greene what it means for her, as a professional historian, to turn to her own and her family's life as an inspiration for writing history.

The David L. Wagner Distinguished Lectureship for Humanistic Inquiry Series is funded by David L. Wagner and Renie B. Adams.

Speakers

Leslie M. Harris is Professor of History at Northwestern University and the 2022-23 David L. Wagner Distinguished Fellow at the Newberry Library. 

Daniel Greene is President and Librarian of the Newberry Library.

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This program is free and open to all. Advance registration required.

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