The General Henry Knox Museum will present a talk by Konstantin Dierks, associate professor of American History at Indiana University (Bloomington), Thursday, July 14 at 7 p.m. in the Oval Room of Montpelier, Route 131. The public is invited to attend.

Associate Editor of The Historical Review, Dierks will discuss his newly published “In My Power: Letter Writing and Communication in Early America,” which focuses on the cultural, social, economic, and political history of letter writing and communications in the early English-speaking new world. Dierks maintains that the American Revolution and the War of American Independence were “fought over paper and with paper, over letters and with letters”; and his book is the first to take such a deep look into the power of letters during the beginnings and after the creation of America.

Correspondence between Gen. Henry Knox and his family members and close friends is on special exhibit at Montpelier this summer, and Dierks’ speech will examine the Knox family letters within a larger social theme of the use of letters in early American history. Visiting lecturer Dierks’ talk is being offered in conjunction with the Knox Museum’s Center for the Study of Early American History’s Summer Teacher Institute, a free program for social studies and history teachers.

Admission will be $15, $10 for museum members and $8 for students. Dierks will be available for book signing after the event. Reservations are required as seating is limited; contact the museum at 354-8062 or

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