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SOLD OUT: Robert Gould Shaw and the Shaw Memorial

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

This event is SOLD OUT. You are welcome to register on our wait list.

Reception to follow
Members only with no fee

Due to inclement weather, this event was rescheduled from March 14.

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Robert Gould Shaw and the Shaw Memorial

Henry J. Duffy

The story of Robert Gould Shaw is one of heroism and loss. A young man's coming of age was cut short by his early death. His life, beginning in gentle ease, was entwined with the rise of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment, the first black regiment in the Union Army. Spurred on by Frederick Douglass, the Regiment proved itself at Fort Wagner. The monument to Colonel Shaw and his men is the work of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, who, like Shaw, discovered something about himself through the creation of an American masterpiece.

Henry J. Duffy, PhD, is curator and chief of cultural resources at the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, New Hampshire. Duffy has held museum positions with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and New-York Historical Society, and was director of the Glebe House Museum and Gertrude Jekyll Garden in Woodbury, Connecticut. He is a frequent lecturer on 19th century art and architecture and has appeared as a commentator on PBS, A&E, ESPN, and other networks.

The John Hubbard Sturgis Eaton Lecture is sponsored by Isabelle and Scott Black in honor of Isabelle’s late father.

Make an appointment to view The Monument to Robert Gould Shaw, Its Inception, Completion, and Unveiling, 1865-1897, published in 1897, in the Vershbow Special Collections Reading Room.

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