January 22, 2002
Philadelphia Bar to Celebrate 200th Anniversary With Commemorative DinnerOn the eve of its 200th Anniversary, members of the Philadelphia Bar Association will honor the Bar's 200 years of service with the Century 3 Commemorative Dinner and remarks from the Pulitzer Prize winning historian, David McCullough, on Tuesday evening, March 12 at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, with cocktails at 6:30 and dinner at 7:30. As the author of numerous historical accounts of American movers and shakers, McCullough sets the perfect tone for a night that celebrates pioneers of freedom and justice and their hand in shaping a nation.
David McCullough, whose biography John Adams hit The New York Times best-seller list at number one, has been called a "master of the art of narrative history." His books have been praised for their exceptional narrative sweep, their scholarship and insight into American life, and for their literary distinction.
In the words of the citation accompanying his honorary degree from Yale, "As an historian, he paints with words, giving us pictures of the American people that live, breathe, and above all, confront the fundamental issues of courage, achievement, and moral character."
McCullough, who earned his degree in English literature from Yale, received the Pulitzer Prize for his monumental Truman. He is twice a winner of both the National Book Award and the prestigious Francis Parkman Prize. For his work overall he has been honored by the National Book Foundation Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Award, the National Humanities Medal, the St. Louis Literacy Award, the Carl Sandburg Award and the New York Public Library's Literary Lion Award.
His books include The Johnstown Flood, The Great Bridge, The Path Between the Seas, Mornings on Horseback, Brave Companions, and Truman. None of these books have ever been out of print-a rarity among writers.
In addition to the Century 3 Commemorative Dinner, the Bar Association is celebrating its 200th anniversary-which falls on Wednesday, March 13-with numerous gala events throughout the year; a commemorative issue of its quarterly magazine The Philadelphia Lawyer, detailing the history of the Association; and a special tribute, "Legends of the Bar," which lists 160 extraordinary Philadelphia lawyers, from 1656 to the present, and their extraordinary efforts to affect change in their community.
Reservations for the Century 3 Commemorative Dinner are now available. For more information, visit the Bar Association's Web site at www.philadelphiabar.org or call (215) 238-6300.