AOA is bringing presidential historian Alexis Coe to town and you should come because, wow, there's a lot to talk about (and it'll be fun)

Alexis Coe and Fort Orange General Store

UPDATE: This event has been moved to May 24.

Check it out: AOA is bringing presidential historian Alexis Coe to the Fort Orange General Store May 17. And we'd love for you to join us. Tickets are just $10. Space is limited!

Coe has a new biography of George Washington -- You Never Forget Your First -- coming out next year from Viking (Penguin/Random House), was recently part of a CNN series about the Kennedys, and she co-hosted the Audible series Presidents Are People, Too!

We'll be talking about all sorts of things related to presidential history -- because, um, that subject has gotten very dramatic lately -- along with New York presidents specifically, a few other topics like history photo accounts on Twitter, and what it's like working as a historian right now. (Will there be something about Teddy Roosevelt or Chester A. Arthur? Yes, we think there will.)

There will also be Q&A with the crowd. And we'll have coffee from Stacks and donuts from Cider Belly.

So we'd love to see you there! This AOA-organized event is Thursday, May 17 starting at 6:30 pm Fort Orange General Store in downtown Albany (conversation starts at 7 pm). Tickets are $10 and available online now.

This event is made possible in part thanks to the sponsorship of O'Connell and Aronowitz, Beahive Albany, Broadway Plaza Liquors, the Hilton Albany, and the the Mop and Bucket Improv Theater.

And we're very happy that Alexis Coe will be making the trip up from New York City to join us for this event. Here's more about her:

Alexis Taines Coe is an historian, author, host, commenter, and consultant. She is the author of the narrative history book, Alice+Freda Forever, and is a consultant on the movie adaptation. Her second book, a biography on George Washington, will be published by Viking (Penguin/Random House) in 2019. Alexis is also a consultant for Lena Dunham's forthcoming HBO project, the in-house- historian at The Wing, where she delivers a monthly lecture on women's history, and co-hosted the Audible series, "Presidents Are People, Too " She has contributed to the New Yorker, the New York Times' opinion section, the New York Times Magazine, the New Republic, the Paris Review, Elle, and many others. In 2017 and 2016, Alexis' work was included in The Best American Essays (about living a feminist Walden in California in Pacific Standard) and The Best American Travel Essays (the New Republic sent her on a seven day, mult-state wagon ride to reenact the Gold Rush), and in 2013, her essay on how marriage helps male professors get ahead was one of the Atlantic Magazine's Great Debates of the Year. She has appeared on and contributed to the History Channel, NPR, CNN, C-SPAN, and many others. She has lectured at Columbia, Sarah Lawrence, NYU, the New School, the University of San Francisco, and many others.
While in grad school, Alexis was a project based oral historian at the Brooklyn Historical Society, and after graduating, she was a Research Curator in the Exhibitions Department at the New York Public Library in Bryant Park.
Alexis is a native of California, based in Brooklyn with her dog, Rosie the Riveter.


Ughhh, downtown will be nuts that evening with the Workforce Challenge.

Fort Orange General store is on Broadway. The Workforce Challenge is at the ESP and Washington Park. Parking shouldn't be bad as no one wants to walk up that hill.

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