December 8 Virtual Visualizing Literature
Book Club for Art Lovers
10:30 am-noon

Join us online to discuss the book The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West, by David McCullough, and to discover connections to images in the exhibition Revisiting America: The Prints of Currier & Ives. Visualizing Literature - for now, a virtual program - explores connections between the literary and visual arts through moderated book discussions and "tours" led by experienced Joslyn docents. The program is open to anyone interested in art and literature and discussion groups are kept small to maximize interaction with the docent and with each other. Participants will need a computer or tablet with a webcam, microphone, and speakers, and should feel comfortable using Zoom, a web-based cloud platform.

The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West
by David McCullough

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough rediscovers an important and dramatic chapter in the American story - the settling of the Northwest Territory by dauntless pioneers who overcame incredible hardships to build a community based on ideals that would come to define our country.

The immense Northwest Territory, a wilderness empire northwest of the Ohio River, was opened to veterans of the Revolutionary War and their families for settlement with three remarkable conditions: freedom of religion, free universal education, and most importantly, the prohibition of slavery. Drawn in great part from a rare and all-but-unknown collection of diaries and letters by the key figures, The Pioneers is a uniquely American story of people whose ambition and courage led them to remarkable accomplishments. This is a revelatory and quintessentially American story, written with David McCullough's signature narrative energy.

Free for Joslyn members and Passport Partner (UNMC) members; $10 for General Public.
Advance registration is required; please CLICK HERE to register. Upon registering you will receive an invitation to join our online Zoom meeting.

Questions? Contact Nancy Round, Director of Education and Outreach, at (402) 661-3859 or

Visualizing Literature is presented in partnership with UNMC's Passport Partners program.