The Words and Ideas of Noah Webster: A Conversation with the Noah Webster House & Joshua Kendall

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Founding Father and educator Noah Webster’s impact cannot be underestimated. Apart from creating the first concise dictionary, Webster existed as a deep thinker and educational reformer. More than any other figure, he influenced the creation of a distinctly American method of learning. With Joshua Kendall, author of The Forgotten Founding Father: Noah Webster’s Obsession and the Creation of an American Culture, and Jennifer Matos, former Executive Director of West Hartford’s Noah Webster House, enjoy an evening of discussion and learning.

Kendall is a language enthusiast and an award-winning freelance journalist whose work has appeared in such publications as The Boston GlobeThe Wall Street Journal, and Psychology Today. The New York Times praised his book, The Forgotten Founding Father, calling it “an engaging, almost novel-like read.”

Matos is the former Executive Director at Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society. She has over two decades of experience history of working in the museum and non-profit field. She earned an M.A. focused in American Studies/Civilization from Brown University.

This talk is produced in conjunction with our exhibition, Alphabets, Bedtime Stories, and Cautionary Tales: Children’s Books and the Shaping of American Identity.


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March 9
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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