Book Talk with Dietmar Kuegler: The French & Indian War in Western Pennsylvania

Add to Calendar06/17/2022 4:00 PM06/17/2022 06:00 PMAmerica/New_YorkBook Talk with Dietmar Kuegler: The French & Indian War in Western PennsylvaniaGerman historian and publisher Dietmar Kuegler will discuss the war that claimed a million lives and set the stage for the American Revolution as part of an in-person lecture on Friday, June 17, beginning at 4 p.m. in the Heinz History Center’s Detre Library & Archives. Heinz History CenterHeinz History CenterfalseMM/DD/YYYY

The French and Indian War began in the backwoods of Western Pennsylvania when young George Washington’s British troops and American Indian allies fired on French marines who sallied forth from Fort Duquesne at the “Forks of the Ohio,” where Pittsburgh stands today.

German historian and publisher Dietmar Kuegler will discuss the war that claimed a million lives and set the stage for the American Revolution as part of an in-person lecture on Friday, June 17, beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the Heinz History Center’s Detre Library & Archives.

His latest book, “The World on Fire,” chronicles the conflict that Winston Churchill famously referred to as “the first First World War.”

For the past four decades, Kuegler has made American history his primary field of study. His deep knowledge of the westward movement and the resistance of American Indians collect in his books and the pages of Germany’s most popular magazine of American History, Verlag fur Amerikanistik. He has traveled extensively in the U.S., visiting battlefields and historical sites from coast to coast. Kuegler’s fascination with the American experience has led him to further his research with hands-on participation in “living history” recreations.

His lecture will touch on these personal experiences and how he and other Europeans have come to view the history of the U.S. and its diverse peoples.

A book signing will follow the lecture.

The event is free for History Center members and included with regular museum admission. You can purchase museum tickets in advance for Friday, June 17.

A book signing will follow the discussion. 

About Dietmar Kuegler

Born in 1951, Dietmar Kuegler is a German journalist, historian, publisher, and author. At about 12 years of age, he fell in love with American pioneer history when reading books by the popular German writer Karl May. Watching American TV series like “Laramie,” “Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp,” and “The Rifleman” convinced him he had to study the American Westward Expansion.

He became a reporter for a German newspaper but worked hard to become an independent author. When he was 17, he wrote his first Western novel. At 21, he was hired as an editor and created the two biggest Western series in Germany, which sold about 100,000 copies weekly for several years.

At 24, his first nonfiction book on American gunfighters was published (“They Died With Their Boots On”). More books on law and order in the American West, Germans in America, the U. S. Cavalry, and the Texas Rangers followed. Altogether, he has written about 70 nonfiction books and over 2,000 essays on various topics from American history. His publications appeared in some major German publishing houses, in France, and the Austrian military magazine Pallasch. He has also written articles in Western Pennsylvania History and The Journal of the Wild West History Association.

In 1982, he established his own publishing company that specialized in American history and commissioned over 250 books and a quarterly magazine, which is now the oldest existing magazine on American history in Europe.

Kuegler also lectures regularly at universities, museums, and academies on these subjects. He has a YouTube channel where he has lectured on subjects such as “The Oregon Trail” and “The Homesteaders.” The most successful of these presentations is his lecture on the French & Indian War, with more than 7,000 onlookers.

His latest publication is a biography of one of the last Blackfeet war chiefs, Wades-In-The-Water, which he wrote bilingually (German and English) together with his American wife, Karen Rogowski, a professor of biology from New York.

American Workman: An Evening with Maxwell King and Louise Lippincott

Add to Calendar06/15/2022 6:00 PM06/15/2022 08:30 PMAmerica/New_YorkAmerican Workman: An Evening with Maxwell King and Louise Lippincott Join authors Maxwell King and Louise Lippincott on Wednesday, June 15, for an engaging discussion about their new book, “American Workman: The Life and Art of John Kane,” recently published by the University of Pittsburgh Press.Heinz History CenterHeinz History CenterfalseMM/DD/YYYY

Join authors Maxwell King and Louise Lippincott on Wednesday, June 15, for an engaging discussion about their new book, “American Workman: The Life and Art of John Kane,” recently published by the University of Pittsburgh Press.   

The authors will reveal their inspiration behind writing “American Workman,” which is a comprehensive and compelling account of John Kane – the turn-of-the-century Scottish immigrant who achieved breakthrough success as a painter after toiling for more than 40 years as a laborer in industrial-age Pittsburgh. 

Along with sharing stories from their research (including some not included in the book), King and Lippincott will discuss how their new scholarship inspired the History Center’s newest exhibition, Pittsburgh’s John Kane: The Life & Art of an American Workman.  

The exhibition features 37 original works of art from America’s most prestigious art museums and private collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Carnegie Museum of Art, American Folk Art Museum, Detroit Institute of Arts, the Phillips Collection, and others. 

A book signing will follow the discussion, which will be moderated by History Center Chief Historian Anne Madarasz, the lead curator for the museum’s Pittsburgh’s John Kane exhibit. History Center President and CEO Andy Masich will provide an introduction.  

ADMISSION 

Admission is free for members (with member ID), $10 for the public, and free for kids 17 and under. Please register online. 

Books are available for purchase for $40 when you register. They are also available at the Museum Shop and will be available at the event. Following the discussion, the authors will sign books.

EVENT DETAILS

This is an in-person program at the Heinz History Center. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the museum’s Mueller Center (fifth floor). 

All museum exhibits, including Pittsburgh’s John Kane, will be open from 5:30-8:30 p.m. 

A cash bar will be available throughout the event, and the History Center Museum Shop and Café will remain open until 6:30 p.m. to accommodate guests. 

Assistive Listening Devices will be available, and the talk will be accessible for those with mobility aides. The floorplan has also been designed to be ADA compliant.  

For more information, please contact Phoebe Walczak at pjwalczak@heinzhistorycenter.org or 412-454-6393.

Register now

ABOUT MAXWELL KING 

Maxwell King is the former editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer and president of the Heinz Endowments. He is the author of the poetry collection “Crossing Laurel Run” and the New York Times-bestselling Mister Rogers biography “The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers.” King also served as chairman of the board of the national Council on Foundations. His most recent job was president of The Pittsburgh Foundation.  

ABOUT LOUISE LIPPINCOTT 

Louise Lippincott is a historian and former curator specializing in American and European art from the Enlightenment to the modern era. She focuses on artists outside the mainstream, and the historical contexts that give meaning to their work. As curator of fine arts at Carnegie Museum of Art, she managed the largest John Kane collection in the United States. Previously she occupied curatorial positions at the J. Paul Getty Museum and Philadelphia Museum of Art.