Historical Society presents spy program

The Bedford Historical Society, with a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council will present "George Washington Spied Here: Spies and Spying in the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783)" at 7 p.m. on May 18 at the Bedford Public Library.

A short business meeting will be held and light refreshments served at 6:30 p.m.

Based on recently discovered historical materials and recent books, this program presented by Douglas Wheeler is an inquiry into the life and death of America’s first spy, the patriot-martyr Nathan Hale, of Coventry, Conn.

Wheeler takes audiences on a journey through the spy world of the Culper Spy Ring of New York, Long Island and Connecticut, the most secret of the American spy rings and the most successful in getting useful intelligence to Gen. George Washington beginning in 1778, two years after Hale’s tragic execution by the British. The father of our country was also our first intelligence chief.

The program is illustrated with images of the main places and dramatis personae of this unusual network of patriot secret agents and couriers.