*Winter Lecture Series: Hail the Conquering Heroes Come: Lafayette Visits Portland and Commodore Preble on the Shores of Tripoli

  • 25 Feb 2017
  • 1:30 PM
  • USM Wishcamper Center, Bedford Street

Sponsored by Spirits Alive at Eastern Cemetery

Herb Adams, author or contributor to six books on Maine history and well-known speaker, discusses two men (one of whom is interred at Eastern Cemetery) as he addresses the question, “What does it take to be a hero?” Lafayette was the hero of two nations and two revolutions. Toasts, tree climbing and thundering cannon were all part of his Maine saga. Commodore Edward Preble was a hero of the next generation. Portland-born, the Commander of “Old Ironsides” besieged Tripoli for President Jefferson. Swordplay, sea serpents, and the USS Constitution, all in one grand career ! 

Lectures begin at 1:30 PM at the Wishcamper Center, Bedford St. on the USM Portland Campus, with parking in the USM Bedford St. garage. Lectures are free, though donations are gratefully accepted.

Presented by Spirits Alive of Eastern Cemetery and co-sponsored by the Department of History and Political Science at USM. 

Spirits Alive is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to the preservation of historic Eastern Cemetery (founded 1668) at the foot of Munjoy Hill on Congress St.


Dedicated to the Preservation of Maine's Neglected Cemeteries since 1968.

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