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Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Alan Taylor to speak in Castine

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Posted July 18, 2014, at 11:58 a.m.

CASTINE, Maine — Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Alan Taylor will deliver the sixth annual Deborah Pulliam Memorial Lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, at Delano Auditorium on the campus of Maine Maritime Academy.

Taylor’s appearance is in connection with Castine Historical Society’s summer exhibition highlighting the town’s occupation by British during the War of 1812. Taylor will be discussing his book “The Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels, and Indian Allies.

Taylor’s first Pulitzer Prize was received for his book “William Cooper’s Town,” a study of the origins and development of Cooperstown, New York. His most recent Prize was awarded this year for his book “The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1771-1832.” He has been appointed to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Chair in the Department of History at the University of Virginia.

Taylor is a native of Maine, receiving his undergraduate degree from Colby College in Waterville in 1977 and his doctorate in American History from Brandeis University in 1986.

The Pulliam Lectures were established in 2008 by the Castine Historical Society to honor the memory of the late Deborah Pulliam, a Castine resident and longtime benefactor of several charitable causes and institutions.

The Castine Historical Society’s 2014 seasonal exhibit, titled “Mr. Madison’s War” – Castine and the War of 1812, tells the story of the war and Castine’s occupation by the British from September of 1814 through April 1815. Located in the Abbott School on the Castine town common, the Society is open to the public seven days a week through Labor Day. For more information on the Society, including up-to-date schedules of events and exhibit hours, visit www.castinehistoricalsociety.org or call 207-326-4118.

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