Thursday, May 1, 2008

General talks about ancestor and the Orphan Brigade

Brig. Gen. Lewis M. Helm will speak on Brig. Gen. Ben Harden Helm and the Orphan Brigade, also known as the First Kentucky Brigade, at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at the John Barton Payne Building. The lecture is free.

The presenter is a direct descendent of former Chief Justice John Marshall and author of Black Horse Cavalry Defend Our Beloved Country. He is an honorary life member of the Fauquier Historical Society.

Helm's family arrived in Virginia in 1720 from Lanchestershire, England. William Helm, his great, great grandfather was a captain in the First and Third Virginia Continental Lines under Gen. George Washington.

During is military service, Lew Helm rose from private to brigadier general in the U.S. Army Reserve, commanding infantry, civil affairs and transportation units. For 20 years he was the executive director of SARCA, the professional association of Army Reserve generals and colonels.

He served as assistant secretary of Health, Education and Welfare during the Nixon administration and formerly owned an issues management firm. He taught in the Johns Hopkins University MBA program and graduate courses for U.S. Secret Service and police officials. He was a public radio commentator, produced numerous television programs and was co-editor of Informing the People: A Public Affairs Handbook.

The lecture is part of a year-long series on American history sponsored by Fauquier County Public Library and the Fauquier Heritage Institute.