The General Henry Knox Museum will present a talk by Marla Miller, award-winning author and American history professor at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), Wednesday, July 20 at 7 p.m. in the Oval Room of Montpelier, Route 131 at the start of the St. George peninsula.

Miller has earned critical acclaim for historical works focusing on women’s labor before the industrial revolution. Her latest book, “Betsy Ross and the Making of America,” was included on the Washington Post’s Best of 2010 list and selected as a finalist for McGill University’s Cundill Prize in History, a prestigious non-fiction historical literature prize. Her previous book, “The Needle’s Eye: Women and Work in the Age of Revolution,” received the Costume Society of America’s Millia Davenport Publication Award for outstanding book in the field.

At UMass Amherst, Miller serves as director of the history department’s public history program, teaches courses in American history and is frequently called upon to share her expertise as a consultant to numerous museums and historical sites.

As visiting lecturer at the Center for the Study of Early American History’s 2011 Summer Teacher Institute at the Knox Museum, Miller’s talk will focus on her most recent book about the women behind the legend of America’s first flag. Miller also will share her insights and vast knowledge on women’s industry in the 18th century. She will be available for a book signing after the lecture.

Admission is $15, $10 for museum members, and $8 for students. Reservations are required as seating is limited; call 354-8062 or send email to

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