The Most Famous Man in America: A Conversation with Henry Ward Beecher
Monday, November 5, 2007 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
at Second Presbyterian Church
McFarland Hall, 7700 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46260
Debby Applegate
Arts, Religion, Humanities
Event Format:
Exhibit, Lecture, Q & A Session, Reading
Adult of all ages, Seniors, Young adults (18-40)
Debby Applegate

Event Description:

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Debby Applegate will reveal her insights on the life of this fascinating Indiana figure who preached a gospel of abundance in the 19th century. Beecher was a prominent voice in the most important issues confronting American culture at the time: antislavery and women’s suffrage. Immersed in many controversies, Beecher’s struggles as a leader still resonate with contemporary society. The program will open with a dramatic presentation of Beecher’s dynamic sermons by Henry Ryder, delivered from the very pulpit from which Beecher spoke while in Indianapolis. Q&A will follow Applegate’s presentation. Admission is free. A pre-event book club is available. Presented by Second Presbyterian Church and Indiana Historical Society.


Questions? Call 317-253-6461 or e-mail


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