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Miami graduate Rob Tolley will present Charles Anderson, The Miamian Who Spoke at Gettysburg. Tolley will discuss his discovery of a collection of documents and artifacts belonging to Ohio Governor Charles Anderson, Miami Class of 1833. Described by Walter Havighurst as one of the "Men of Old Miami,” Anderson holds an important place in state and national history. Anderson spoke at the November 19, 1863 events at Gettysburg, and documents in the collection have illuminated historical understanding of that speech. speech. Raised in Kentucky on a farm staffed by enslaved people, Anderson believed Ohio’s Black Laws were “brutal and inhumane in practice,” although later he strongly opposed Black migration to the North. Tolley’s lecture will include an opportunity to view Charles T. Webber’s portrait of Charles Anderson housed at the Art Museum.  Webber is best known for The Underground Railroad, his last major historical work painted for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition.

Rob Tolley holds Miami degrees in English and Anthropology, BA 1975, MA 1977.  He is Senior Lecturer of Anthropology and Archaeology, Emeritus, retired from Indiana University East, Richmond, Indiana.  He was a Visiting Instructor of Anthropology at Miami for 15 years.  Rob is a general anthropologist. He has done archaeological exploration and survey throughout North America, including the western subarctic.  Rob and wife Dr. Nancy Purdue Tolley (Miami BA ’76, MA ’77) now reside in the wilderness retirement home they built on Upper Green River in Wyoming.  Rob currently serves as President of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of the Mountain Man in Pinedale, Wyoming. 

Tolley's program is sponsored by the Richard and Carole Cocks Art Museum at Miami University and McGuffey House and Museum. The program is free and open to the public.