Noted historian Gene A. Smith, the Class of 1957 Distinguished Lecturer in Naval Heritage at the U.S. Naval Academy, gives two free presentations on April 7 at the Youngstown Historical Center for Industry and Labor on Wood Street in Youngstown.
Smith presents “The Slaves’ Gamble: Choosing Sides in the War of 1812” at 6:30 p.m. The presentation is taken from Smith’s newly published book on African American experiences in the War of 1812. At 3 p.m., he presents “Connecting Museums and the Community,” an informal workshop.
Smith received a Ph.D. from Auburn University and is an expert on maritime history. Visiting this year at the Naval Academy, Smith is also professor of history at Texas Christian University and Curator of History at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.
The lectures are presented by the YSU Center for Working Class Studies and are free and open to the public. Both events are made possible, in part, by the Ohio Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.