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Dr. Hickey to present lectures at LSUS

February 21, 2017

Professor Don Hickey, called the dean of 1812 scholarship by the NEW YORKER MAGAZINE, will present two lectures on March 1, 2017 in the Assembly Room on the third floor of the Noel Memorial Library. The first talk will begin at 1 p.m.; the second will be presented at 7:30 p.m.

His first presentation will be “Uncle Sam: The Origins and Evolutions of an American Icon.” In this illustrated presentation Professor Hickey will show how the term “Uncle Sam” originated and how the image has evolved over time. His research has established that term dates from an earlier period than conventional wisdom suggests.

The evening topic is titled “When did the White House become the ‘White House’?”; it will also be illustrated. Professor Hickey will trace the early history of America’s most famous home and will show how it came to be called “The White House.” Hickey’s research indicates that the term caught on earlier than scholars have suggested.

Dr. Hickey is Professor of History at Wayne State College in Nebraska. He has written eleven books and over one hundred articles, mainly on the War of 1812 and its causes. He is best known for THE WAR OF 1812: A FORGOTTEN CONFLICT (Bicentennial edition, 2012).

Professor Hickey’s presentations are funded by a grant from the Noel Foundation and are free and open to the public.