Noted Historian and Best-selling Author Thomas Fleming to Appear at Hudson County Community College on March 18th

Posted: 2/25/2014
Jennifer Christopher, 201-360-4061 jchristopher@hccc.edu -- Roger Jones, 201-200-1080 rj@j-a-c.com

The Jersey City native – who has penned nearly five dozen history books and
historical novels – will speak on “Encounters with History.”

February 24, 2014, Jersey City, NJ – Acclaimed American history expert and author Thomas Fleming will appear at Hudson County Community College on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.  In his presentation, “Encounters with History,” Mr. Fleming will share his experiences writing about history and talk about some of the important historic figures he has met in the process. The event will be held in the HCCC Culinary Conference Center, 161 Newkirk Street, Jersey City, NJ – just two blocks from the Journal Square PATH Transit Center. There is no charge for admission.

A native of Jersey City, Mr. Fleming attended St. Peter’s Prep, and served in the U.S. Navy. After graduating with honors from Fordham University he began his writing career with brief stints as a newspaperman and magazine editor. In 1960, he began devoting his time solely to writing books, and his first history book – Now, We Are Enemies, an account of the Battle of Bunker Hill – was published that year. The book was an instant success that gained national attention, and was featured as a main selection of the Literary Guild. In the time since, Mr. Fleming has published more than 30 books about the events and figures of the Revolutionary War and other periods of American history. He has also authored more than 20 novels that are set against historical backgrounds.

Mr. Fleming’s expertise as an historian is renowned and he has received honors from a long list of organizations including the American Association for State and Local History, the New Jersey Historical Commission, Colonial Dames of America, and the National Catholic Press Association. He has also received Boston University’s Burack Award for Lifetime Achievement in American History, the Union League Club of New York’s Abraham Lincoln Award for Outstanding Contributions to American Literature, and the American Revolution Round Table of Philadelphia has named its annual book prize the Thomas Fleming Award. Mr. Fleming served as president of the Society of American Historians and the PEN American Center. He also spent ten years as chairman of the New York American Revolution Round Table and is an Honorary Member of the New York State Society of the Cincinnati.

Many will recognize Mr. Fleming from his TV appearances on A&E, the History Channel and CSPAN. He was also a consultant and commentator on the PBS miniseries, The Irish in America: Long Journey Home and wrote the companion volume to another PBS series, Liberty! The American Revolution.

Mr. Fleming has also been a frequent contributor to several magazines, including American Heritage, Military History, History Today, and MHQ, the Quarterly Journal of Military History.

HCCC President Dr. Glen Gabert said: “We are honored to have Thomas Fleming here at the College, sharing his life and his experiences in writing about the people and the events that shaped American history. We are certain that his presentation will be as fascinating and enjoyable as it will be informative, and we encourage the community to join us.”

Seating for Mr. Fleming’s appearance is limited and reservations are a must. Tickets may be secured by phoning 201-360-4160 or by emailing lferrer@hccc.edu.