May 17 in Tacoma: Wilfred McClay Speaks on the American Story

Colin Campbell Cooper, Hudson River Waterfront, N.Y.C

Join Us in Tacoma for an Evening with Historian Wilfred McClay as He Discusses Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story


Hans ZeigerDear friend,

As you may know, I decided to leave the political arena in 2022 to work in the field of civics and history education. As important as public policy is, it is even more important that citizens understand the foundations of our American political tradition. The future of our republic depends on the transmission of ideas like freedom, equality, and constitutionalism—and of the stories that allow us to understand who we are as a people.

That is why I am pleased to announce that historian Wilfred McClay will be visiting Tacoma, Washington on Wednesday, May 17 to discuss his remarkable book Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story. Professor McClay is the Victor Davis Hanson Professor of Classical History and Western Civilization at Hillsdale College and a senior scholar of the Jack Miller Center. 

The event will be held at the Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Avenue in downtown Tacoma. We will begin with a reception on the Mezzanine at 6:00pm, followed by Professor McClay’s book talk at 7:00pm.

I hope you and a guest can join us on May 17.

The event is possible thanks to a generous lead sponsorship from Bob and Kathy Spence of Tacoma, with additional support from Charles Diesing. By the way, anyone who donates $50 or more will receive a copy of Bill McClay’s remarkable book. Please be sure to include your address if you donate online ahead of the event.

In addition to Professor McClay’s talk, I will share a bit about the work we are doing at the Jack Miller Center for Teaching America’s Founding Principles and History, where Professor McClay is a longtime board member. In short, we are building a movement of scholars, teachers, and citizens like you who seek to pass along the core texts and ideas of the American political tradition to the rising generation.

I hope you will consider joining us for this important event on May 17. Please RSVP at this link:

If you have any questions about attending, please contact Matt Riffe at (484) 436-2067 or

All the best,
Hans Zeiger

President, Jack Miller Center



About the Jack Miller Center

The Jack Miller Center is a nationwide network of political scholars, historians, and civics teachers committed to educating the next generation about the foundational texts and ideas of the American political tradition. We are a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization and receive no public funds.



About Wilfred M. McClay


Wilfred M. McClay is the Victor Davis Hanson Chair in Classical History and Western Civilization at Hillsdale College. He previously served as Professor of History and G.T & Libby Chair in the History of Liberty at the University of Oklahoma. Bill is an American intellectual historian and noted public intellect. He has taught at Georgetown, Tulane, John Hopkins, University of Dallas, and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where he held the SunTrust Bank Chair of Excellence in Humanities. He is a Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and a member of the Philadelphia Society.

Bill has received fellowship awards from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Academy of Education, among others, and written multiple books and articles. Bill was awarded the Bradley Prize in 2022.

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