UPDATE: Historian McCullough visits Ohio to discuss 'Pioneers' book

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MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - UPDATE: 06/02/19

Historian David McCullough is headed to Ohio to discuss a new book that focuses heavily on the state.

McCullough is scheduled to discuss "The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West" on Monday at the Statehouse.

The book focuses on the first band of pioneers that set out from New England for the Northwest Territory. They settled in what is now Marietta, on the banks of the Ohio River.

The book's depiction of white settlement has drawn criticism , including from Native Americans, historians and reviewers.

The sponsoring Ohio Library Association said C-SPAN would record the sold-out Monday discussion for airing on BOOK-TV.

Another Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, Doris Kearns Goodwin, will kick off the Capitol Square Foundation's new three-year Statehouse lecture series on June 25.

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Marietta welcomes distinguished historian and author David McCullough Friday evening to the Peoples Bank Theater.

The accomplished researcher's new book, "The Pioneers", is at the top of the New York Times Bestsellers list.

The book looks at the early history of the Northwest Territory, including Marietta, Athens and the blueprint for a territory free of slavery.

The author began his address after receiving numerous awards, recognition and accolades for his three year research project.

The new book joins a long list of best selling historical research. It will be for sale at the Marietta College Bookstore, including signed copies and other editions.

The author will also appear at various locations this weekend including a signing at Campus Martius on Saturday.

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