The 1835 Lecture. This history-focused lecture sheds light on a historic person or event from the period of the Library’s founding in 1835 to the present.
Journalist and historian Charles Kaiser delivers a lecture on his book, The Cost of Courage, the tragic and triumphant true story of one family in the French Resistance whom Kaiser has known since he was eleven years old. The book is a nonfiction thriller and a mini-history of World War II in Europe. In addition to The Cost of Courage, Kaiser is the author of 1968 in America, one of the most admired popular histories of the music, politics, and culture of the 1960s, and The Gay Metropolis, the landmark history of gay life in America, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a Lambda Literary Award winner.