Thursday, October 18, 2018 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Public historian and landscape architect Tom Paine will bring to life the remarkable story of Robert Treat Paine, America's Founding Father from Taunton. A sixth-generation descendant of Robert Treat Paine, Tom will delve into the family stories that were passed down to and inspired him, and touch on descendants of the Civil War generation whom he inspired in turn. Paine signed the Declaration of Independence, was the first Attorney of Massachusetts, and had a role in crafting the world's oldest modern constitution and the abolition of slavery in Massachusetts. The talk will show how Paine's distinctive traits of character provide a compelling example of what Tom calls "America's DNA."