Professor Allison kicks off book tour for Massachusetts from Colony to Commonwealth: An Illustrated History


BOSTON--History Professor Robert J. Allison will discuss his new book, Massachusetts from Colony to Commonwealth: An Illustrated History, at a celebration of its release set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, November 7, at the Old State House on School Street in Boston.

The book, co-authored with historian Judith Freeman Clark, chronicles the fascinating events and dynamic personalities that have helped shaped Massachusetts -- and the nation. This history gives insight into the social, economic, political, medical and artistic contributions of the Commonwealth and its people. The exciting narrative brings the reader from the landing of the Mayflower at Plymouth right through to the technological breakthroughs that drive today's economy. Along the way, the authors offer a look at the patriots, philosophers and rogues who played important roles in Massachusetts' history. A collection of photographs, sketches, paintings, postcards and maps, researched and captioned by Ruth Owen Jones, add to the volume's richness.

Professor Allison will sign books at the Old State House event, which will kick off a book tour through Massachusetts, culminating in a December 7 event at the USS Constitution. The schedule of appearances is as follows:

    * Thursday, Nov. 7
      Old State House
      School Street, Boston
      6:30 p.m.

    * Wednesday, Nov. 13
      Barnes & Noble
      150 Granite Ave., Braintree
      7 p.m.

    * Saturday, Nov. 16
      Greendale Mall, Worcester
      2 p.m.

    * Saturday, Nov. 23
      Borders Books
      Independence Mall, Kingston
      7 p.m.

    * Saturday, Dec. 7
      USS Constitution Museum
      1-3 p.m.

Mariellen Norris at 617-573-8450 or
Tony Ferullo at 617-573-8448

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