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Hamish Lutris Lecture
September 18, 2023

Hamish Lutris Lecture

After Hours at the Beekley hosts local favorite Hamish Lutris for a special free presentation titled Why Did We Need the Constitution? on Monday, September 18th, at 7:00 p.m. By 1787, the US government, which had been conceived in a spirit of extreme economic and social liberty, was failing. States were arguing with each other, money was scarce, and banks seemed to be favoring wealthy east-coast economic elites, while oppressing those struggling to expand the country’s borders on the western frontier. With Sahays’ Rebellion in the winter of 1786-87, the fragility of the government finally gave way to a general cry for some solution to the problem. This presentation details the background of the Constitution, as well as discussing the document itself, which has served the country for over 200 years, despite being written quickly and in secret.

Hamish Lutris is an Associate Professor of History, Political Science, and Geography at Capital Community College in Hartford, Connecticut. He is a well-known speaker and instructor throughout the Northeastern US with long experience in Central Europe involving education, strategic planning, and international agricultural research cooperation programs. He has also worked in some of America’s premier natural and historical sites and has led naturalist and educational programs in both the United States and Europe. His program interests cover a number of areas including Native American history, the US Civil War, World Wars I and II, and the American West as well as scientific, social and cultural history.

Beekley Community Library
10 Central Ave
New Hartford, CT 06057

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