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Henry Knox to visit Montpelier

Jul 30, 2020
J. Archer O’Reilly III, as Henry Knox, will serve as master of ceremonies for the Knox Museum’s virtual lecture Aug. 13.

Thomaston — Henry Knox is returning to his beloved Montpelier, Aug. 13. Although Knox Museum members like to think the ghosts of Henry and Lucy Knox are always there, this Henry is alive and well in the person of J. Archer O’Reilly III, Massachusetts native and Knox interpreter. O’Reilly traces his New England roots back to the earliest settlers and currently serves as Secretary of the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati, the organization Henry Knox founded to support the widows and children of officers who served in the war under George Washington.

O’Reilly will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the Knox Museum’s yearly lecture, which this year will feature Joanne Freeman, Yale professor of American History and author of The Field of Blood, Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War.

Because of the coronavirus, the event will be virtual, live-streamed from Montpelier; the speaker will make her presentation and Q and A from Yale University, and audience members can enjoy the event from their homes. The event will open with a virtual tour of Montpelier.

The Knox Annual Lecture serves as the major fundraiser for the Knox Museum’s community outreach programs and yearly operating expenses. Tickets for the virtual tour and lecture, on Thursday, Aug. 13 at 7 p.m., are $20 per electronic device and are available on the Knox Museum website: knoxmuseum.org. For more information, call The Knox Museum at 354- 8062 or email info@knoxmuseum.org.

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