The Plymouth District Library marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Russell Kirk (1918-1994)
. Born and raised in Plymouth, Kirk was an influential and internationally known writer and speaker on conservative themes who is best known for his groundbreaking histories The Conservative Mind
(1953) and The Roots of American Order
(1974), as well as numerous award-winning ghostly tales.
Local author and Kirk authority James E. Person Jr. (author and editor of several books on Kirk, including the recently published Imaginative Conservatism: The Letters of Russell Kirk) will speak on "Russell Kirk: Son of Plymouth and Mecosta" in this special program. Kirk's wife, Annette Y. Kirk, President of the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal and a former member of the National Commission on Excellence in Education, will also be present at this event, along with several other special guests.
Note: Mayor Oliver Wolcott, by Mayoral Proclamation, has designated October 19, 2018, Russell Kirk Day in the City of Plymouth.