Author Talks

Hagley regularly arranges talks by authors of recent books that draw on or relate to Hagley research collections and that will be of interest to the general public. With topics ranging broadly in the areas of business, culture, and history, these author talks provide a captivating way to learn more about the stories contained in Hagley’s collections.

2017–2018 series

October 26: Alan Meyer, Auburn University, “Private Pilots and the Rise of Civil Aviation”

November 2: Clayton Ruminski, Hagley Museum and Library, "Ohio's Iron Valley and the Making of Industrial America" (special time: 3:30 p.m.)

December 7: Edward J. Balleisen, Duke University “Fraud: An American History from Barnum to Madoff”

March 1: Francesca Russello Ammon, University of Pennsylvania, “How the Bulldozer Remade Postwar America”

May 10: Courtney Fullilove, Wesleyan University, “The Global Seeds of American Agriculture”

See the current schedule on our library programs calendar.

Author talks begin promptly at 7 p.m. and are held in Hagley’s Soda House building. The talk is followed by an opportunity for audience discussion and purchases of the author’s book. Light refreshments are provided. The event ends by 8:15 p.m.

Use Hagley's Buck Road East entrance off Route 100 in Wilmington, Delaware. RSVPs encouraged, walk-ins welcome. Please RSVP to Carol Lockman, (302) 658-2400, ext. 243 or email


Recorded Author Talks