VIDEO | Legacy of the Loyalists

Recorded February 16, 2022

Join Dr. Eileen Ka-May Cheng of Sarah Lawrence College, Dr. J. Patrick Mullins of Marquette University, and Suzanne Buchanan, Executive Director of the Shirley-Eustis House for an engaging panel discussion on the legacy of Loyalists.

How does the cultural memory of those early Americans left in the shadows transform over time? Where have we taken a red pen to our origin story? And why is it important to re-examine the Legacy of the Loyalists?


    • SUZANNE BUCHANAN was first captivated by the history of material culture at the age of 14 when she discovered her grandmother’s illustrated history of the Tower of London. Prior to joining the Shirley-Eustis House in 2019, she worked at Historic New England.
    • DR. EILEEN KA-MAY CHENG is an associate professor of history and the Sara Yates Exley Chair in Teaching Excellence at Sarah Lawrence College, where her courses include “Gaming the Past: Democracy and Dissent in the United States,” “The American Revolution,” and “‘The Founders’ in Film and Fiction.” She is the author of The Plain and Noble Garb of Truth: Nationalism and Impartiality in American Historical Writing, 1784-1860 and Historiography: An Introductory Guide; she has authored articles and book reviews for History and Theory, Journal of American History, Reviews in American History, and Journal of the Early Republic.
    • DR. J. PATRICK MULLINS is a cultural and intellectual historian of the anglophone Atlantic World, focusing on America and England over the long eighteenth century, as well as Marquette’s Public History Director. A practicing public historian, he volunteers as the Exhibit Research Director for the Ray Bradbury Experience Museum and serves as project manager for his students’ work on museum exhibits, documentary films, historic preservation research, and websites in collaboration with museums, historical societies, and other community partners.

    This event is supported in part by a grant from the Lowell Institute.

    In the Essential Questions Series, we bring together diverse panels to explore six essential questions that both the nation’s founders and contemporary Americans still grapple with today and discover how these keystones illuminate current events.

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