WASHINGTON — The Gunn Historical Museum will present a virtual program, “Author in Chief: The Untold Story of Our Presidents and the Books They Wrote,” led by author Craig Fehrman at 6:30 p.m. Monday, January 11.
Mr. Fehrman will discuss presidential biography by analyzing presidents through the lens of the works they have written.
Registration is required to attend the free Gunn Museum virtual program by registering through the library website, www.gunnmuseum.org, for access to the Zoom link.
Most Americans are familiar with Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and the Emancipation Proclamation, yet few can name the published collection of speeches, “Political Debates Between Hon. Abraham Lincoln and Hon. Stephen A. Douglas,” that helped him win the presidency.
Mr. Fehrman will touch on Thomas Jefferson’s “Notes on the State of Virginia,” the first presidential book to influence a campaign; John Adams’ “Autobiography,’ the first score-settling presidential memoir, and never-before published letters from Andrew Jackson, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan.
Mr. Fehrman will discuss private drives and self-doubts that fueled our nation’s leaders. His stories and details on presidents, including George Washington, Teddy Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan, will offer a human take on presidents.
Mr. Fehrman is an author, journalist and historian who has written for the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, among others. He lives in Indiana with his wife and children.