Revisiting the Founding Era at Timberland Libraries

Timberland Regional Library has been awarded a Revisiting the Founding Era Grant to implement public programming and community conversations that explore America’s founding and its enduring themes. 

As part of the grant, TRL will receive 10 copies of a reader containing scholarly essays on selected historical documents from the lauded Gilder Lehrman Collection, $1,000 to help implement programs, and additional digital resources, training, and support from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the American Library Association. 

These resources will allow TRL to launch a program series on the Founding Era. This includes:

Revisiting the Founding Era:
What Our Teachers Never Told Us About the American Revolution

Thursday, January 17 
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
for all ages at
Lacey Timberland Library
500 College Street SE   360.491.3860


Friday, January 18
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
for all ages at 
Shelton Timberland Library / William G. Reed Public Library

710 West Alder Street   360.426.1362

Discover the American Revolution you never learned about in school. Why did Native Americans and African Americans support the British? How did a Muslim general come to fight the British with a French ally named Admiral “Satan”? Why did the fighting spread around the world, from Hudson Bay to South America, India to Africa, Arkansas to Gibraltar?

Author Don Glickstein explores rarely heard perspectives on the war in his illustrated talk, and links aspects of the war to our home state of Washington. Hear stories from the war, discover the reasons the Revolution matters to us today, and learn why the study of history can help us understand the 21st century’s war on terrorism. 

Revisiting the Founding Era is a three-year national initiative of The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, presented in partnership with the American Library Association and the National Constitution Center, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant provides 100 public libraries across the country the opportunity to use historical documents to spark public conversations about the Founding Era’s enduring ideas and themes and how they continue to influence our lives today.

For more information about Revisiting the Founding Era and participating libraries, visit