The Regency Society of Virginia is hosting my lecture on the Richmond Theater Fire next month on Capitol Hill. The RSV is an organization that keeps the history of the Early Republic alive in many interesting ways. (Check out the RSV Facebook page for more information and photos from their events!) The event is free. More information to follow!
August 22, 2015 – Richmond Theater Fire Lecture
If you are an adult, chances are that you can recall a tragic news story in your lifetime that you are not likely to ever forget. For many in the early republic, that news item was the Richmond Theater Fire. The December 26, 1811 tragedy claimed the lives of over 70 men, women, and children–including the Governor of Virginia–and yet few are aware that it even happened today. Join us at historic Christ Church in Washington, DC to hear Meredith Henne Baker, author of the award-winning book, The Richmond Theater Fire: Early America’s First Great Disaster, tell us the stories of tragedy and heroism of this often overlooked event. Further details and registration information will be posted soon.