East High grad and author Daniel Howe will talk about his 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning history tome, What Hath God Wrought -- The Transformation of America: 1815-1848, at 7 p.m. tonight at the Colorado History Museum, 1300 Broadway.
The 928-page book, published in late 2007, covers American history from the Battle of New Orleans through the Mexican-American War. It is part of the Oxford History of the United States series. A professor emeritus at UCLA and at Oxford University, Howe lives in Los Angeles, but he made it back to Denver in 2005 for his fiftieth high school reunion, where he hung out with former classmates like local ad exec Lew Cady and dished on others, like Marilyn Van Derbur, who starred in a high school musical with Howe (he grew up in Park Hill) and went on to become Miss America in 1958. And, in fact, Howe will be staying with Cady during his visit this time.
Admission to the Howe event at the museum is free, but seating is limited, so come early. For more information, visit www.coloradohistory.org or call 303-866-4686.
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