Battle of the Bulge

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The Friends of Marlborough Public Library are pleased to announce the next program of the Friends 2015-2015 Season –their 46th Year-on Wednesday, October 28th at 7 PM as they present “The Battle of the Bulge” with Dr. Gary Hylander, lecturer. This is the second program of the “2015-2016 Special Program Series” chaired by Peggy Ayres. This past January marked the 70th anniversary of the end of the Battle of the Bulge, the last German offensive of the war. Over the objections of his generals, Hitler ordered a massive counter-attack against Allied forces in the area of the Ardennes Forest. Hitler’s plan was to split the Anglo-American front and to seek a negotiated peace in the West. With over 19,000 Americans killed, the Battle of the Bulge was the largest and bloodiest battle experienced by American forces in all of World War II. Dr. Gary Hylander earned his Ph.D. at Boston College. His advisor and dissertation director was noted Boston historian Thomas H. O’Connor. He recently retired from Stoughton High School, where he taught AP American History, American Studies and the Presidency. He is currently an independent scholar who specializes as a presidential historian, pedagogical specialist for the NEH and professor of History at Framingham State University and also is professor of History at Stonehill College, where he specializes as a Presidential Historian and in the Revolution/Federalist Era. He is a pedagogical specialist mentoring both graduate and undergraduate students at Framingham State College and Boston University. Dr. Hylander is a frequent lecturer at library forums, historical societies, senior centers and professional organizations and has appeared several times in the Friends Special Program Series. This program will take place in Bigelow Auditorium at Marlborough Public Library located at 35 West Main Street, Marlborough. Admission is free and open to the public and the auditorium is fully handicapped accessible. This program is funded and sponsored in part by the Ezra Cutting Trust-Bank of America Trustee, the Marlborough Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, The Friends Memorial Fund, a gift from the Cummings Foundation in honor of Ginger Ryan and the Brigham Family Trust. For more information contact: 508-481-7118 or or Ray Johnson, Friends President, at 413-648-9663 or or see The Friends website: