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2017–2018 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 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.

Presentations are held at Washington Memorial Chapel, on Route 23 in Valley Forge, on Tuesdays at 7 pm unless otherwise noted. Suggested donation of $10 per person. A complimentary reception follows each talk.

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Tuesday, October 3
Germans Around Valley Forge

The story of Pennsylvania and the American Revolution is usually told from the English perspective. Germans, Swedes, and the Dutch are often considered irrelevant. Yet, at the time of the American Revolution, Pennsylvania’s German population numbered 100,000 or 33% of the total. Germans at Valley Forge provides an overview of the German experience, before and during the war. It examines the reasons that prompted them to leave the German territories and explores their life in the Delaware Valley. The lecture features a PowerPoint presentation with maps, pictures of churches, and portraits of the leaders within the Pennsylvania German community.

About the Speaker

Dr. Karl Krueger

Dr. Karl Krueger, whose academic interest was and remains the role of religion in the migration experience of Germans and Poles to the United States in the 18th and 19th centuries, received his doctorate in history from the University of Michigan. After working in the Rare Book Room of the University of Michigan and at the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, he administered the Krauth Memorial Library and taught at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, where he earned his Master of Divinity. Dr. Krueger attended the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia and, in 2007, participated in the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Reformation of the Book Seminar. He has published in the Lutheran Quarterly, Church History, and ALTA Proceeding and presented at the Sixteenth Century Society Conference and at the International Symposium on Henry Muhlenberg in Halle, Germany. Karl Krueger, a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, has pastored a German/English congregation in Philadelphia, and a Slovak/English congregation in Windsor, Ontario. Dr. Krueger is currently the Associate Priest at Washington Memorial Chapel.

Nov 7
Nathanael Green: Thrice the Savior of the Continental Army
Janet Uhlar – author, lecturer
Brigadier General Nathanael Green’s remarkable and indispensible role in the Revolutionary War.
Dec 5
Battlefield Tactics in the Revolutionary War
Lawrence Babits – Professor of Maritime Achaeology & History,
East Carolina University
The how-to manual of warfare used during America’s War for Independence.
Jan 2
Art and the American Revolution
Gale Rawson – Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
A look at how art reflected and shaped the story of the birth of our nation.
Feb 6
The Southern Campaign of the Revolutionary War
John McGaha – Valley Forge NHP Ranger
The often overlooked story of the brutal Southern Campaign, the final act of the long Revolutionary War.
Apr 3
First Entrepreneur: How George Washington Built His –
and the Nation’s – Prosperity
Edward Lengel – military historian and author of
George Washington: A Military Life
How George Washington’s abilities as a businessman informed his leadership as a general and president and set the foundation for the nation’s future prosperity.
May 1
Special Location: Park Theater • Advance Tickets required due to capacity
Baron Steuben
interpreted by Bill Troppman, Valley Forge NHP Ranger
An evening with Baron Steuben, the brash, brilliant, determined foreigner who transformed the Continental Army.

Alliance Members and Washington Memorial Heritage Donors:
Free with advance registration*

Non-members: $20 per ticket

* Young Friend or Individual member – 1 free ticket
* Family membership or higher – 2 free tickets

Click here to reserve or purchase your tickets.


Dinner with History – Patrick Henry: Champion of Liberty

Jon Kukla

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 • 7 pm
Washington Memorial Chapel, Bishop White Library
Advance Registration Required

Dine with Jon Kukla, historian and popular author of several Book-of-the-Month Club selections. His new book, Patrick Henry: Champion of Liberty, is described as a “lively biography,” and this promises to be a lively night. While Patrick Henry is best known today as an impassioned orator, he was also an attorney, statesman, society man – and more. The evening includes a buffet dinner, enlightening lecture, and stimulating conversation. Don’t miss this!

$45 per person • Choice of entrée with garden salad and vegetables, mini desserts, and non-alcoholic beverages.