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Posted on: March 15, 2023

Author and Historian Jon Meacham's Lecture to be Aired by Local Media Station

John Meacham

HINGHAM -- Town Administrator Tom Mayo and The Hingham Historical Commission are pleased to announce the 2022 Virginia Tay Memorial Lecture Series event, which featured presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham, will be aired on local television and made available online.

Meacham's lecture is entitled "The Soul of America," also the title of one of his bestselling books, published in 2018. He lectured on "Hope through History" with commentary about "The Soul of America" and "The Art of Leadership: Lessons from the American Presidency."

Click here to read Meacham's biography.

The lecture, which was originally held on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022, will be aired one time only by Harbor Media on Sunday, March 26, at 7 p.m. on its two HD channels.


  • Comcast users - Channel 1072 (HD) or Channel 97 (Standard definition)
  • Verizon Users - Channel 2131 (HD) or Channel 31 (Standard)

On Monday, March 27, the lecture will be available on the Historical Commission page on the Town of Hingham's website. Visitors to the page will be asked to fill out a brief form that, when submitted, will provide them with a link and a password to access the lecture video. The video will be available online for one year.

The Virginia Tay Memorial Lecture Series, co-sponsored by the Hingham Historical Commission and Mary Anne Donaldson, along with the Town of Hingham, is named in honor of Donaldson's late identical twin sister, Virginia Tay. Tay was active in all facets of historic preservation in Hingham.

When Tay moved to Hingham in the 1990s, she took an avid interest in restoring the 1822 country federal home she purchased. She served on various historically-oriented entities, including as Chairman of the Hingham Historical Commission, President of the Hingham Historical Society and Chairman of the Hingham Historic Districts Commission.

Before her passing, she was planning a speaker series that would serve as an educational vehicle for interested South Shore residents. When Donaldson relocated to Hingham in 2021, her first priority was to continue the legacy of her sister's mission, which was to enlighten community members with the ideas of great thinkers.

John Meacham

Presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham's Virginia Tay Memorial Lecture Series event will be aired on local television and made available on the town's website. (Photo courtesy Gasper Tringale)

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