Award-winning author David C. King is set to give a lecture and sign his new book, Benedict Arnold The Traitor Within on Tuesday, November 21 at 7 pm during a free event, open to the public, at the James Vanderpoel ‘House of History’ in Kinderhook, sponsored by the Columbia County Historical Society Volunteers.
Benedict Arnold is often regarded as an infamous traitor, but he was also one of the nation’s most talented military officers during the American Revolution.
For more than four years he was the greatest military hero of the American Revolution. He even became the young nation’s first naval hero in the Battle of Lake Champlain. David C. King untangles the web of intrigue and deceit that led Arnold to try to destroy American Independence. King is also one of the first to expose the key role played by Arnold’s young wife Peggy.
A former teacher of both English and History, David C King has also been a consultant to the State Department of Education, UNICEF, UNESCO, the World Bank, Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts in Education, Public Broadcasting Corporation, and several state departments of education.
King is the author of more than 70 books for both adult and young adult readers. He specializes in American history and biography. His book, First People; An Illustrated History of American Indians has won four national awards. Other titles include Benedict Arnold The Traitor Within and The Incredible Voyage of The Columbia, his first fiction book.
Prior to the public program, the CCHS Volunteers will hold a brief meeting at 6:30 pm, where they will be discussing volunteer opportunities for the winter and holiday season. New volunteers are always welcome and training is provided. Volunteer opportunities exist in many of the CCHS’s operations, including the forthcoming Gallery of Wreaths at the c. 1819 James Vanderpoel House, and ongoing schedules at the CCHS Museum & Library.