Lecture: "All in the Family: Diomed, Sir Archie, and Henry" by Jim Beckwith

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May 3, 2018
North Carolina, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Historic Preservation, Local History, Public History

The Joel Lane Museum House presents a lecture on “All in the Family: Diomed, Sir Archie, and Henry, from the 1780 Epsom Derby to the Great Match Race of 1823” by Jim Beckwith.
In a remarkable forty years, from the close of the American Revolution to an omen of the Civil War, three generations of race horses made a great impact on America. Just in time for the Kentucky Derby, Jim Beckwith tells the story. Diomed, the great English racer who came to Virginia late in life, was the father of Sir Archie. Sir Archie, after coming from Virginia to North Carolina, became the great foundation sire of the American thoroughbred. Then his son, Henry, foaled near Halifax, North Carolina, representing the South, ran against Diomed’s grandson, American Eclipse, representing the North, in the Great Match Race of 1823 on Long Island. Sixty thousand people attended this race, which was the first sporting event to capture the imagination of the young republic, causing Congress to adjourn and the stock exchange to close.

Time: Thursday, May 3, 2018, 7:00pm
Location: 160 South Saint Mary’s St., Raleigh, NC (at the corner of Hargett St.), which is two blocks south of Hillsborough St., not far from downtown. Location subject to change.
Admission: For the public: $16; Members of the Joel Lane Historical Society and students with identification: $11. Advanced purchase is required, and seating is very limited. Proceeds from the event directly support JLMH’s educational programming and site preservation. Refreshments provided. Please call 919-833-3431 with your credit card, mail a check to Joel Lane Museum House, P O Box 10884, Raleigh, NC 27605, or go to the Eventbrite web site. Be sure to include the names of all in your party; nametags will serve as tickets. Tickets are non-refundable unless we must cancel the event.
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Lanie Hubbard, Museum Director

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