Posted by: Pam, at RML | November 13, 2009

Thank you, Dr. Allen Guelzo and Dr. Eugene Richardson! Lincoln Scholar and Tuskegee Airman (2 podcasts)

Dr. Allen C. Guelzo signing my copy of-- Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates That Defined America
Pam Sedor with author Dr. Allen Guelzo at the book signing in the Library.

On Sunday, November 8, 2009, prominent Lincoln scholar Allen C. Guelzo, author of many books on Abraham Lincoln and recipient of countless awards of distinction, spoke to an audience of well over 100 guests in the Winsor Room. Radnor Historical Society members were out in full force that gorgeous, sunny day and aren’t we lucky that they came to the Library!

The Society was our co-sponsor for this event that celebrated the Library’s and Lincoln’s bicentennial. Even though the room was very warm, people were happy to be in their reserved seats and by the smiles on their faces they must have found a parking space, too. The crowd arrived early –enough time for catching up with friends and neighbors before the program got underway. They most likely were as thrilled as we were being part of the final event of the Library bicentennial celebration–or, it could be they had heard Dr. Guelzo speak before and wouldn’t have missed the opportunity to hear him again.

For posterity, our friend Tom Ellis recorded the event. Thanks for taking such good care of us, Tom. (Lynn Ellis, I decided last minute to let you relax and not ask you to sell books this time) And we are always in good hands with Head of Development, Ann Pagano.  RHS members Nancy Fischer, Kathy Siple, Doug Brown, John Dale, all of you are such a joy to work with. And I think we all play together rather nicely, too.

Kathy Mulroy, Library Director, welcomed everyone and introduced  Dr. Raymond Thomas, Pastor of Second Baptist Church of Wayne. Dr. Thomas, a regular customer at the Library, spoke so elegantly about libraries and the beauty of America. Following Dr. Thomas’s invocation, Mark Momjian, Esq.,Vice-President of the Board of Trustees led the audience in the Pledge Of Allegiance. Mark spoke of our bicentennial celebration and thanked Judy Clifford, our Book Sale Queen, and Hannah Bell, President of the Friends of the Library for all their hard work and dedication to raising money for the Library. Leading up to the “main event” we heard from Thomas Masterson, Esq., President of the Radnor Township Board of Commissioners, who introduced Allen C. Guelzo. Tom told the crowd that he searched on Google for information on the author and was amazed by the sheer number of books Guelzo had written and all the prizes he had won for his books. Dr. Guelzo is Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era at Gettysburg College. Not that long ago, Professor Guelzo was Kea Professor of History at Eastern University in Wayne. In his speech, Guelzo talked about the Lincoln and Douglas debates and how Lincoln’s idealism and morality outlined the future for this country.

Ted Pollard, President of Radnor Historical Society called this their “signature” event of the year. Ted delivered the closing remarks and thanked Dr. Guelzo for taking time out of his busy schedule to visit the Library and share his expertise and knowledge on the subject of a most beloved president.

Following this signature event, we repaired to the Library for a wine and cheese reception and a book signing for Dr. Guelzo’s book  Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates That Defined America (2008). Dr. Guelzo is a very prolific writer and already he has a more recent book that was published in 2009, Abraham Lincoln as a Man of Ideas.

Now, how lucky would we be to have him visit here next year? Very.

You can watch the program right here on Vimeo!

And thank you Dr. Eugene Richardson, Tuskegee Airman, who visited RML in 2008 but this blog did not exist. I wanted Dr. Richardson on my blog because we did it. And we loved it. (updated March 2020)


  1. Professor Allen Guelzo, our country’s most preeminent Lincoln scholar from Gettysburg College visited the Library and helped celebrate our bicentennial and honor the 200th year since Lincoln’s birth. Guelzo is a Pennsylvania native and still resides on the Main Line. It was fantastic seeing so many people turn out for this event. A lovely program it was, the room was packed! Great reception afterwards. Got my book signed by Dr. Guelzo and talked with many friends…


    • Tom, thanks for coming to this wonderful event and recording it for us history lovers…you are a star! Because of you, I had the luxury of “being there” again. I just watched it a few minutes ago and of course, absorbed so much more the second time ’round.


      • Pam, you are most welcome. Preserving the present is a good compliment to investigating the past. Thank YOU for continuing to arrange for such interesting presentations!


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