Reading Public Library Foundation Presents A Conversation on the Origins of the U.S. Constitution

Reading, MA– The Reading Public Library Foundation is proud to present: “We The People”: The Origins of the U.S. Constitution: A Conversation. The presentation will involve an in-depth discussion featuring two award-winning historians: Dr. William M. Fowler, Jr., and Dr. Robert Allison, as moderated by Alan Foulds. The event will take place on April 4, 2019, at Parker Middle School Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Robert Allison

Dr. Fowler is Distinguished Professor of History, Emeritus at Northeastern University, and former longtime Director of the Massachusetts Historical Society. A Reading resident, Dr. Fowler has published numerous books on the American Navy, the American Revolution, and the Civil War. Dr. Allison is a Professor of History at Suffolk University, whose latest book is The Essential Debate on the Constitution: Federalist and Antifederalist Speeches and Writings, co-edited with Bernard Bailyn. Mr. Foulds has served as the Reading Town Moderator for many years.

Dr. William M. Fowler, Jr.

“We are extremely excited to reintroduce the Foundation’s speaker series with such an esteemed panel,” commented Elise Ciregna, Reading Public Library Foundation President. “The enthusiasm and knowledge Dr. Fowler and Dr. Allison bring to the subject matter are unparalleled. These two well-known historians are sure to bring the origin story of the U.S. Constitution to life through a spirited discussion.”

General admission tickets for the event are $20 for adults and $15 for Seniors and Under 18. Tickets are available at the Foundation’s website (, as well as at the Reading Public Library.

The Reading Public Library Foundation was established in 1996 to create and manage an endowment fund, the proceeds of which are used to enhance the Library’s ability to deliver valuable services to our community. The Foundation is dedicated to providing a sustained, long term source of financial support for the Library that will help meet both short-term and long-term needs. The Foundation is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) organization and donations are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law. 

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