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Speaker Series

sponsored by Sponsored by The Sherrin H. and Bruce A. Baky Foundation Sponsored by Malvern Federal Savings Bank

As part of the Alliance’s mission to provide interesting and compelling programming for the public, the annual Speaker Series is held in cooperation with the Washington Memorial Chapel. This series, which runs from September through May, gathers an array of historians, scientists, authors, archeologists, actors and performers to share with the public their multiple points of view on history, the natural world and the ongoing commemoration of Valley Forge.

September to April presentations are free and held at Washington Memorial Chapel, on Route 23 in Valley Forge, on Tuesdays at 7 pm. The May presentation will be held in the theater at Valley Forge. A complimentary reception follows each talk.

For directions to the Chapel, visit

January 3, 2017
Preview of the Museum of the American Revolution

When it opens on April 19, 2017, the Museum of the American Revolution will tell a complete story using its impressive collection of several thousand objects, works of art, manuscripts, and printed works from the Revolutionary period. The collection began more than a century ago when Dr. W. Herbert Burk of Washington Memorial Chapel raised funds from around the nation to purchase the original tent that George Washington used as his command center during the Revolutionary War. In the new Museum of the American Revolution, permanent and special exhibition galleries, theaters, and large-scale tableaux will bring to life the original “greatest generation,” and engage people in the history and continuing relevance of the Revolutionary War. The collection includes objects that span the scope of the war—from British, French, and American arms used in battles to a soldier’s wooden canteen branded “UStates,” at a time when the phrase was merely an aspiration.

About the Speaker

R. Scott Stephenson

R. Scott Stephenson, the Vice-President of Collections, Exhibitions, and Programming for the Museum of the American Revolution, holds a M.A. and Ph.D. in American history from the University of Virginia. His broad public history experience includes work as a curator, historical interpreter, scriptwriter, and historical and visual consultant. Stephenson has developed and collaborated on exhibits, films, and interpretive programs for numerous historical sites and organizations including Colonial Williamsburg, the Smithsonian, the Canadian War Museum, the National Park Service, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, the Senator John Heinz History Center, and the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. Stephenson, who has worked at the Museum of the American Revolution since 2007, oversees the cataloging and management of the center’s nationally significant collection and leads exhibition and public programming development. He is the author of Clash of Empires: The British, French, and Indian War, 1754–1763 (Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, 2005) and, with Burton K. Kummerow and Christine H. O’Toole, Pennsylvania’s Forbes Trail: Gateways and Getaways along the Legendary Route from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh (Taylor, 2008).

Feb 7
Ben Franklin’s Navy
Tim McGrath
The rarely told combination of adventure, intrigue, comedy and tragedy that is the story of Franklin as the unofficial leader of the Continental Navy.
Mar 7
The Revolution’s Last Men: The Soldiers Behind the Photographs
Don N. Hagist
The six surviving soldiers who fought in the Revolutionary War were interviewed and photographed in 1864. A researcher and writer tells their stories.
Apr 4
Meet Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton, as interpreted by Eben Kuhns
The young Hamilton and his views on life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Presented in cooperation with the American Historical Theater.
May 2
Special Location: Park Theater • Advance Tickets required due to capacity
George & Martha Washington: In Perfect Felicity
George & Martha Washington, interpreted by John Lopes & Carol Spacht
General and Mrs. George Washington share the story of their courtship and 40-year marriage.