July 4th will mark the 139th anniversary of Calvin Coolidge’s birthday, and while his bones rest safely in the Vermont ground, his reputation, already on the mend after decades of neglect or outright belittlement, is about to get boosted further, thanks to the efforts of the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation.
This Summer, the Foundation will host a series entitled “Speaking of Coolidge” at the beautiful new Calvin Coolidge Museum and Education Center in Plymouth Notch, VT:
On July 6, Amity Shlaes will open the series with a presentation that will draw on her currently ongoing work on a new biography of Calvin Coolidge.
On July 13, poet and author Jay Parini, who has written acclaimed biographies of Robert Frost, William Faulkner, and John Steinbeck, as well as biographical novels on Leo Tolstoy and Herman Melville.
On July 20, Nicholas R. Clifford, Professor Emeritus at Middlebury College, will discuss The Troubled Roar of the Waters: Vermont in Flood and Recovery, 1927 – 1931 written by him in collaboration with his late wife Deborah Clifford.
On July 27, William Henkel will discuss his long years of experiences as a White House staff member in the Nixon, Ford, and Reagan administrations.
And on August 10, the series will conclude with Pulitzer Prize winner Joseph Ellis, who will discuss his new biography First Family: John and Abigail Adams.
The Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation is also honored to announce that Stephen G. Breyer, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, will discuss his recently published book, Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge’s View.
Please visit the Foundation website www.calvin-coolidge.org for further information and current details on any of these events!
And Coolidge fans everywhere continue to await the aforementioned new Coolidge biography by Amity Shlaes, noted author of The Greedy Hand and The Forgotten Man, and a scholar and authority on the 1920s.