The 9th Annual Lecture in Honor of John C. Van Horne, Featuring Nicole Eustace

About the Event

Join us for a conversation with historian Nicole Eustace about her book Covered with Night: A Story of Murder and Indigenous Justice in Early America (Liveright, 2021).

Awarded the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in History, Covered with Night tells the story of a single event in 1722: a brutal assault on a Seneca hunter by a pair of colonial fur traders near Conestoga, Pennsylvania. Eustace reconstructs the attack and its aftermath, highlighting the disparities between Native American forms of justice and the colonial ideology of harsh reprisal for those found guilty of crimes.

Help us celebrate Director Emeritus Dr. John C. Van Horne’s legacy of education and scholarship by joining us at the free public lecture and book signing, members-only reception, and private dinner immediately following the event.


5:30 pm Private Reception

Free for Library Company members and shareholders

$50 registration for nonmembers

6:30 pm Lecture and Book Signing

Free and open to the public

Available in-person and virtually

7:45 pm Private Dinner with Nicole Eustace

$500 per guest

Benjamin Franklin Hall
American Philosophical Society
427 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Franklin Hall is wheelchair accessible. If you require any accessibility accomodations or would like help registering for this event, please contact the Development Office at 215-546-3181 ext. 136. To learn more about the Library Company’s policy about recording, filming, and photography at events, visit

About Nicole Eustace

Nicole Eustace is an Organization of American Historians (OAH) Distinguished Lecturer, and was a 2007-2008 Society for Historians of the Early American Republic Fellow at the Library Company and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. She is Professor of History at New York University, where she teaches in the U.S. and Atlantic history programs and serves as the director of the NYU Atlantic History Workshop.


May 25 2023


5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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