TUESDAY, MARCH 5, 2019 at 5:30PM:


Daniel Arts Center / Bard College at Simon’s Rock
84 Alford Road, Great Barrington, Massachusetts
Tickets $25 ($20 for members of Chesterwood)
Reception to follow. Advance-copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.
Advance reservations recommended by contacting Chesterwood at 413-298-2034, or emailing chesterwood@savingplaces.org

Kirkus Reviews: Book Review Here

“As one of the foremost living authorities on Abraham Lincoln, Harold Holzer has long straddled the crossroads of history and art with his own inimitable brand of scholarship. Not surprisingly, in this grandly illustrated and beautifully written biography, he proves to be the ideal guide to the life of Daniel Chester French, who transmuted Abraham Lincoln and other historical figures into monumental sculptures of surpassing beauty, poetry, and inspiration. This book will surely rank as the authoritative life of a man whose creations in stone and bronze have become inseparable parts of our historical memory.”
— Ron Chernow
 Harold Holzer with the Lincoln Prize 2015. Photo by Don Pollard.

Harold Holzer with the Lincoln Prize 2015. Photo by Don Pollard.

About the Author
Harold Holzer is a Lincoln scholar and prizewinning author of numerous books on Civil War–era art and history, including Lincoln and the Power of the Press (winner of the Lincoln Prize), The Lincoln Image, and Lincoln at Cooper Union. Holzer appears frequently on radio and television, including on C-SPAN and CNN, and in Lincoln and Civil War documentaries for the BBC, NHK, and the History Channel. Formerly senior vice president for public affairs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and Foundation, he currently serves as director of the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College in New York. In 2008, he was awarded the National Humanities Award.

About “Monument Man”
The long life and dramatic artistic career of pre-eminent American sculptor Daniel Chester French, whose statue for the Lincoln Memorial is arguably the nation’s most iconic statue, are fully explored for the first time in Monument Man: The Life and Art of Daniel Chester French (March 2019, $35.00), a lavishly illustrated cradle-to-grave biography by Harold Holzer, one of the leading historians of Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era.

Read the complete press release.

 Daniel Chester French, sculptor with Henry Bacon, architect, at the Lincoln Memorial, 1922

Daniel Chester French, sculptor with Henry Bacon, architect, at the Lincoln Memorial, 1922

Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 2pm:
Reading and Book Signing
with Patricia Harris & David Lyon

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Event DetailS

Saturday, September 15th from 2-4 pm, at the Chesterwood Woodshed (behind the Barn Gallery) FREE. 

An illustrated lecture, Genius loci: How New England shaped its artists and writers by Patricia Harris and David Lyon authors of the recently released, Historic New England: A Tour of the Region's Top 100 National Landmarks.  The event will also include readings from the book and discussion, followed by a book signing.  Books will be available for purchase at Chesterwood.

This event is free to the public, and light refreshments will be served.  Due to limited seating advance registration is encouraged.  Please e-mail Valerie Balint at vbalint@savingplaces.org or call 413-298-2033 to secure your place.

Patricia Harris and David Lyon are authors of more than thirty books on travel, food, and art— and will discuss some of their favorites sites from their new publication.

This event is co-sponsored by Chesterwood and Historic Artists Homes and Studios, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. 

Read the complete press release here.