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New lecturers in 2022


Congratulations to the U. S. historians recently appointed to the Distinguished Lectureship Program by OAH President Erika Lee. The 2022 group of accomplished scholars offer expertise in U. S. history topics that include capitalism, immigration, labor, education, gender, early national history, race, public health, slavery, gender, Civil Rights, LGBTQ+, politics, the 1960’s, social movements, and the histories of Asian Americans, African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans, and more.

Meet the 2022 OAH Distinguished Lecturer appointees!


I am pleased to report that we had an excellent Maine Town Meeting at the Margaret Chase Smith Library last week with OAH Distinguished Lecturer Robert Brent Toplin as our featured speaker. The topic of fake news and the role of the media in modern American society proved highly popular. Comments afterward have been very favorable. One man remarked as he left at the end of the day that it had been a “world-class” program.

David Richards, Director - Margaret Chase Smith Library

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Stan Deaton

Stan Deaton is the Dr. Elaine B. Andrews Distinguished Historian at the Georgia Historical Society, an endowed position created by Dr. Victor Andrews. He has worked at the Georgia Historical Society since 1998. He holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Florida, a Masters in history from the University of Georgia, and Bachelors degree in journalism from the Grady School at the University of Georgia. He is the Emmy-winning writer and host of Today in Georgia History, jointly produced for TV and radio by GHS and Georgia Public Broadcasting. At the Georgia Historical Society Deaton is a public historian, speaker, writer,...
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Featured Lecture

A One-Man Army: Alexander Hamilton and His Legacy

Thomas Jefferson’s memorial stands in Washington, his home Monticello is visited by millions each year, and his words in the Declaration still challenge us. But it was his nemesis Alexander Hamilton who created the world in which we live today, for better or worse. This presentation examines the man Jefferson called a “host unto himself” and his ongoing legacy.

"We quote Jefferson’s words, but we live in Hamilton’s America. The musical notwithstanding, why don’t we know more about him?"