College to offer overflow viewing area for Friday’s McCullough book discussion

Author David McCullough by the Ohio River

Though David McCullough’s presentation of his latest book, The Pioneers, at Peoples Bank Theatre is sold out, there is still an opportunity to watch the Pulitzer Prize winning author’s discussion Friday evening.

Marietta College will offer an overflow viewing area in the Alma McDonough Auditorium, which is located on campus in the McDonough Center for Leadership and Business. Admission to McDonough for this event starts at 6:15 p.m., and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The closed-circuit telecast begins at 7:00 p.m. There is no admission charge, but donations will be accepted in support of the Washington County Historical Society, which will also receive the College’s proceeds from the Peoples Bank Theatre event. There will be no other livestream opportunities to watch McCullough’s book event.

The 288-seat Alma McDonough Auditorium is accessible and accessible parking can be found on the east side of the building.

In The Pioneers, which was released by Simon & Schuster on May 7, McCullough tells the story through five major characters: Manasseh Cutler; Revolutionary War veteran General Rufus Putnam; Cutler’s son Ephraim; and two other men — one a carpenter turned architect, and the other a physician who became a prominent pioneer in American science. They and their families created a town in a primeval wilderness, while coping with such frontier realities as floods, fires, wolves and bears, no roads or bridges, no guarantees of any sort, all the while negotiating a contentious and sometimes hostile relationship with the native people. Like so many of McCullough’s subjects, they let no obstacle deter or defeat them.

Friday’s event features a book discussion and a Q&A. On Saturday, June 1st, Campus Martius Museum will host “Meet David McCullough” from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at 601 Second St., Marietta.