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June 22, 2017 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
The Union League of Philadelphia
140 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102, Philadelphia
PA 19102
Library Company of Philadelphia

4th Annual Lecture in Honor of John C. Van Horne
Ulysses S. Grant: A Fresh Look at American Leadership

5:30 pm: Author’s Reception for Shareholders and Members

6:30 pm: Public Lecture with Dr. Ronald C. White 

8:00 pm: Private Dinner with Dr. Ronald C. White*

The Union League of Philadelphia
140 S. Broad Street

About the Lecture

Dr. Ronald C. White refocuses American hero Ulysses S. Grant for the 21st century. Decisive yet self-effacing, overcoming multiple trials as a young man, Grant led the North to victory in the Civil War and then offered a surprisingly magnanimous peace to Robert E. Lee and the defeated South. In the politics of our day, full of cynicism and oversized personalities, White examines the life of the American Ulysses who points beyond himself to a panoply of enduring values.

 About John C. Van Horne 

Dr. John Van Horne served as the Edwin Wolf 2nd Director of the Library Company from 1985 to 2014. He was educated at Princeton University and holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Virginia.  During his tenure, Dr. Van Horne expanded the Library Company’s Research Fellowship Program, oversaw the digitization of the library’s catalogs, and transformed the Cassatt House into a scholar’s residence. He has published more than a dozen articles and has edited or co-edited numerous books, including several volumes of The Papers of Benjamin Henry Latrobe, an edition of the journals, correspondence, and drawings of the great early American architect and engineer published by Yale University Press. He now serves as Emeritus Director of the Library Company and is an elected member of the American Philosophical Society.

*To attend the private dinner contact the Chief Development Officer, Raechel Hammer, at or 215-546-3181 for details. RSVP to the private dinner by June 15th.

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