November Public Program
Revolutionary Decisions – Allegiance: The Life and Times of William Eustis
A slideshow lecture by Tamsen George
Sunday, November 12, 2023
Watertown Savings Bank Meeting Room
Watertown Free Public Library
123 Main Street
Watertown, MA 02472
William Eustis's (1753-1825) adventures as a young apprentice to Dr. Joseph Warren took him from the genteel society of Boston to the bloody siege lines at Bunker Hill. He also served as surgeon in the Continental Army in the Hudson Highlands with General George Washington. At West Point, he was in the room when Benedict Arnold's treachery was discovered. Later, as Governor of Massachusetts, he cleared the way for consideration of construction of the Cape Cod Canal. Although little known today, Eustis was an eyewitness to many important events.
Following a career in cultural education and historic preservation, Tamsen George became executive director of the Shirley-Eustis House Association. While there, she realized that much was known about British Royal Governor William Shirley, builder of the estate, but little was known about a later owner of the home and unsung patriot William Eustis. After retirement, Ms. George launched a period of discovery that led to authorship of Allegiance: The Life and Times of William Eustis, which addresses his extraordinary experiences with the difficult decisions and issues of his day. Tamsen resides on Cape Cod, served as president of Falmouth Museums on the Green for more than six years and is currently a member of the Falmouth Historical Commission.
This event is supported in part by a grant from the Watertown Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
This program is free and open to the public.