Sam Kidder will have a lecture on John Bingham on October 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Puskarich Public Library.
Kidder has lived and worked in East Asia for decades as a student, soldier, diplomat and businessman. After serving as a Korean linguist in the Army, he studied Korean and Japanese history at Harvard and the University of Washington in Seattle before entering the diplomatic service. For eight years, before returning to his home town, Pittsburgh, where he lives with his wife, Miyaki, Kidder was Executive Director of the 3500 member American Chamber of Commerce in Japan.
His book, John Bingham: Ohio Congressman's Diplomatic Career in Meiji Japan (1873-1885), details Harrison County's celebrated statesman's term as America's longest-serving chief diplomat in Japan. Kidder shows that Bingham played a pivotal role in establishing the United States' fundamental relationship with the vital Asian nation. In his lecture, Kidder will also discuss the many Ohio figures, and particularly people from Harrison County, who all played important parts in the dynamic years when Japan began to open up to the world and American expanded its role across the pacific. This presentation is co-sponsored by Harrison County Historical Society and Puskarich Public Library.