10th Anniversary Celebration - Scott Ridley "Morning of Fire"

Duxbury Rural & Historical Society’s Drew Archival Library
147 St. George Street
Duxbury, MA 02332

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 7:00pm

August marks the 10th anniversary of the Duxbury Rural & Historical Society’s Drew Archival Library, located in the historic Wright Building. Each year the Drew Archival Library welcomes thousands of researchers, genealogists, and the general public and provides most services free of charge. In commemoration of this anniversary, we offer a very special program that highlights the contributions of the Drew Archival Library

Scott Ridley, historian and author of Morning of Fire, will discuss the 1791 journey of the Grace and the Lady Washington, marking the first arrival of Americans in Japanese waters. His discovery of the Grace’s log book in the Drew Archival Library revealed the only first-hand day-to-day written account of this event.  The Japanese regard the log as a very special document and it was the centerpiece of a press conference and celebration of the 225th anniversary of the historic visit. The Japanese-American Friendship Museum on Oshima Island includes a central exhibit featuring the log of the Grace and highlights the first American visit: hooray for the Drew Archives!

Sarah Wingate Taylor Lecture Series, offered free to the general public. Reservations recommended: 781-934-6106 or colson@duxburyhistory.org