Book Group - Rush: Revolution, Madness, and Benjamin Rush, the Visionary Doctor Who Became a Founding Father

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The Lexington Historical Society Book Group meets five times each year, and new members are always welcome! Our 2020-21 season will be "pay as you go", with a discounted rate for Zoom meetings where dinner will not be included. In-person meetings include a catered buffet dinner from Neillio's.

Our first book of the season takes a close look at an often overlooked Founding Father, Dr. Benjamin Rush. His accomplishments just by the end of the Revolutionary period were many: editor of Common Sense, signer of the Declaration of Independence, member of the Constitutional Convention, and surgeon general in the Continental Army. Most remembered for his medical career, Rush was a visionary and complex physician during a time of great medical innovation. Fellow author Buzz Bissinger writes, "The best books are full of surprises. Rush has more of them than any historical biography I have read in ages. It is vast and sumptuous and brings to life Founding Father Benjamin Rush in full technicolor."

Join us for the whole series :

  • December 8: The Boston Massacre: A Family History by Serena Zabin - Author-led discussion!
  • January 12: Voyage of Mercy: The USS Jamestown, the Irish Famine, and the Remarkable Story of America's First Humanitarian Mission by Stephen Puleo - Author-led discussion!
  • March 23: The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote by Elaine Weiss
  • May 11: The Splendid and the Vile: a Saga of Churchill, Family and Defiance During the Blitz by Erik Larson

Individual meetings $5 while on Zoom

Purchase tickets here!