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Study of the American Experience

“The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke”


Date: October 4

A talk by Andrew Lawler, the Starr Center’s 2016-17 Hodson Trust-John Carter Brown Library Fellow

A small band of men, women, and children arrived on the coast of North Carolina in 1585, establishing the first English colony in the New World. But within a few years, the settlers vanished, leaving behind a single clue: a “secret token” etched into a tree. In his new book, which the Washington Post has hailed as “fascinating … fresh and powerful” and was written in part at the Starr Center, Lawler sets out to discover the fate of the lost colony. *Book signing to follow.

*At these events, autographed copies of the book will be available at half the regular cover price for Washington College students.

The Starr Center explores the American experience in all its diversity and complexity, seeks creative approaches to illuminating the past, and inspires thoughtful conversation informed by history.