Lowell Lecture

Drawing the Sword of Liberty: Lafayette’s Life and Legacies

Date & Time

April 17, 2024 at 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street Watertown, MA 02472
Driving Directions


About the Speakers Mike Duncan is one of the most popular history podcasters in the world and author of two New York Times-bestselling books, The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic and, most recently, Hero of Two Worlds: The Marquis de Lafayette in the Age of Revolution. His award-winning series, The History of Rome, remains a legendary landmark in the history of podcasting. Duncan’s podcast Revolutions ran for 10 seasons over the course of nine years until 2022, and covered the great political revolutions that have driven the course of modern history, including the American, French, and Russian Revolutions.

Lori Erickson Fidler is Associate Director of Collections for Revolutionary Spaces. She manages the object collections and archives, overseeing collections care, planning, and documentation. Before joining Revolutionary Spaces, Lori held positions as Curator and Collections Manager in addition to working as a museum collections and exhibitions consultant. She holds both a bachelor of arts and a master of science in anthropology with a focus on archaeology and museum studies.

Presenting Organization

Revolutionary Spaces


Amanda Bertone (abertone@revolutionaryspaces.org, 6177201713)

Join Revolutionary Spaces Associate Director of Collections Lori Erickson Fidler and acclaimed podcaster and New York Times best-selling author Mike Duncan (Hero of Two Worlds: The Marquis de Lafayette in the Age of Revolution) as they explore an iconic artifact from the Revolutionary Spaces collection, a sword brought to America by Lafayette.

The program will examine Lafayette’s lifelong quest to defend the principles of liberty and equality on both sides of the Atlantic, the deep interconnections between the American and French Revolutions, and the impact of his legacy on our world today. A wealthy French aristocrat, the Marquis de Lafayette played a decisive role in the American Revolution while fighting alongside George Washington, eventually becoming a globally revered statesman, fierce advocate for liberty, and a passionate abolitionist. The program will conclude with an audience Q&A.

Doors will open at 6:00 PM and the program will begin at 6:30 PM. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Drawing the Sword of Liberty: Lafayette’s Life and Legacies is free and open to the public thanks to the generous support of The Lowell Institute. This program is also co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Lafayette Society, which hosts the annual Massachusetts Lafayette Day in May and now plays a key role in organizing efforts to commemorate the bicentennial of Lafayette’s visit to the United States in 1824-25.

DETAILS: Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Doors Open: 6:00 PM Program Begins: 6:30 PM Location: Old South Meeting House Admission: Free