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White Fund Enlightenment Series

Looking to enrich your life? Join us for a series of free cultural conversations.

The White Fund’s purpose is to have a free series of interactive presentations for Lawrence area adults, youth, and children. The audience is encouraged to seek wisdom, cultural enrichment, and intellectual enhancement by attending and participating.

Summer 2016 Events

  • June 27, 2016 – Lee Francis – You Come Too: My Journey with Robert Frost

You Come Too: My Journey with Robert Frost. Lesley Lee Francis

Date Time Location
Monday, June 27, 2016 7:00 to 8:30 PM Lawrence heritage Park
1 Jackson Street, Lawrence, MA

Don’t Miss this White Fund Presentation!

Lesley Lee Francis, a published author, retired professor and granddaughter of Robert Frost, will be speaking at the “You Come Too: My Journey with Robert Frost” White Fund lecture on Monday, June 27, at 7 p.m. at the Lawrence Heritage State Park, 1 Jackson Street, Lawrence. This presentation is in partnership with Northern Essex Community College.

To the rest of the world Robert Frost was a renowned poet, author of “The Road Not Taken,” a former U.S. Poet Laureate, and the poet who recited “The Gift Outright” at the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy. To Lesley Lee Francis he was grandfather. A topic she explores and shares in a recently published book “You Come Too: My Journey with Robert Frost, which is also the title of the White Fund lecture.

Francis is graduate of Radcliffe College, she holds a Ph.D. in Romance Languages from Duke University.  She was a professor of Spanish language, literature, and history at a number of colleges and universities and ran a summer program in Spain.

Now retired from the professional staff of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) in Washington, D. C., she continues teaching and writing and helps organize the annual Frost Symposium.  Dr. Francis has lectured and published extensively on her grandfather.  Her biographical study, “Robert Frost: An  Adventure in Poetry, 1900-1918,” is available in paperback (Transaction Publishers).


For more information, or for sign language interpreting or access requests (including food-related allergies), contact Analuz Garcia Lawrence Campus & Community Relations Assistant, at Phone: 978-738-7423 or agarcia@necc.mass.edu

The views expressed in the White Fund Enlightenment Series presentations are the views of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Northern Essex Community College.

Additional Information

For additional information or to be added to the electronic mailing list, please call 978-738-7423.

Sign language interpreters may be requested by calling 978-556-3897 V or by emailing interpret@necc.mass.edu.

About the White Fund Enlightenment Series

In the 1850’s Daniel Appleton White served as an Essex County Probate judge and a Massachusetts Congressman. His birthplace was a Methuen farm that would eventually become a part of downtown Lawrence and the campus of Northern Essex Community College. At his direction, money from the sale of a portion of that land would endow a “course of lectures delivered annually designed to enlighten the mind and elevate the character.” His chief concern was “for the advancement and success in life” of the young men and women at work in the textile mills.

The first White Fund lecture was delivered in 1864. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and Booker T. Washington were among the mid-century luminaries who graced the White Lecture podium at City Hall on Common Street. Charter trustees Charles S. Storrow, Henry K. Oliver, and Nathanial G. White, for whom the Lawrence Public Library was dedicated, enlisted speakers “tending to the moral and intellectual uplift of the inhabitants of Lawrence.” Today the White Fund Trustees continue this tradition through support of the White Fund Enlightenment Series offered in cooperation with Northern Essex. By Judge White’s design, these presentations are free to the public.

For more information on any of the events or for directions to the events at Northern Essex’s Louise Haffner Fournier Education Center, please call 978-738-7403.

The views expressed in the White Fund Enlightenment Series presentations are the views of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Northern Essex Community College.