Authors Mel and Joan Gordon, authors of a novel about General Casimir Pulaski, will be the featured speakers at the December Legacies and Lunch lecture in the Ron Robinson Theater, Library Square in the Little Rock Market District at noon on December 5, 2018.
Thirty-two-year-old Casimir Pulaski joined the American Continental Army in 1777, already a European military hero with a reputation as an audacious cavalry officer and Polish freedom fighter.
During the brief time remaining to him, he became an American hero as well, saving the life of George Washington at the Battle of Brandywine, and earning the title, “Father of the American cavalry.” He was mortally wounded at the Battle of Savannah and died of his wounds at the age of thirty-four.
Among the many honors bestowed on Pulaski in the United States, the most recent occurred in 2009, when Congress passed a joint resolution conferring honorary citizenship on him. Pulaski County, Arkansas is one of seven US counties named for him. The others are in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, and Virginia.
The lecture series is sponsored by the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies and is supported in part by the Arkansas Humanities Council. Monthly lectures are held on the first Wednesday of the month. Attendees are invited to bring a sack lunch. Drinks and desserts are provided. A Library parking discount is available on request.