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Pulitzer winner on Stafford’s 350th anniversary list
A Pulitzer Prize winner may be a featured guest speaker during Stafford County’s yearlong celebration of its 350th anniversary.
The county is partnering with the Central Rappahannock Regional Library for a series of lectures beginning early next year.
Along with other local authors and historians, Ron Chernow is tentatively scheduled to speak. He received the Pulitzer Prize in 2011 for the best-selling biography of George Washington titled “Washington: A Life.”
CRRL Director Donna Cote said the library is excited to be working with Stafford officials to celebrate the history of “one of the most unique places in the nation.”
“We hope to engage our citizens through our lectures series and youth programs so that they will feel a sense of pride of all that Stafford has accomplished over the last 350 years and be inspired to continue making progress in the future,” she said in a news release.
Chernow has authored six books, several of which have been best-sellers and won awards. He attended Yale College and Cambridge University, and began his career as a freelance journalist. He contributes to The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, has appeared in documentaries and is frequently on national news shows.
He has been called one of the most distinguished commentators on politics and business in America today.
Other speakers include:
Thomas B. Allen, author of the children’s book “George Washington: Spymaster: How America Outspied the British and Won the Revolutionary War,” will speak in March.
Shelley Mastran, a professor at Virginia Tech, will speak in April about the impact of transportation improvements on Stafford’s development.
Local authors Jerrilyn Eby MacGregor and Al and Jane Connor will talk about various aspects of Stafford including gold mining, the Civil War and Government Island.
Logan Metesh, president of the Union Church Preservation Project and head trustee for the Union Church Historic Site, is scheduled to speak about Union Church and Anthony Burns.
L.B. Taylor Jr. will round out the year with a lecture on ghosts in Virginia and hauntings in Stafford.
The library may add programs on Pocahontas, dinosaurs and the Civil War. Programs for children and schools are also planned.
Stafford is home to two library branches—England Run and Porter.
More details on anniversary events can be found at stafford350.com.
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