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2018–2019 Speaker Series

sponsors: Sponsored by The Sherrin H. and Bruce A. Baky Foundation Sponsored by Malvern Bank

The Speaker Series is presented in cooperation with the Washington Memorial Chapel and presents 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.

Support our generous sponsors by enjoying dinner before the show! Discounts apply to regularly-priced food and non-alcoholic beverages.

Please present your VFPA membership card to receive your discount.


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Tuesday, November 6 • $45/person
SPECIAL LOCATION: Park Theater • Advance Tickets required due to capacity
The Lure and Lore of Liquor:
Tavern Beverages of the American Revolution
David Emerson

Dine with historian and mixologist David Emerson in a lively exploration of Colonial drinking customs. Discover the various types of beverages available to the 18th Century tavern tippler, how they were made, and even some recipes that you can try on your own (if you dare). Learn about our forefathers’ alternative to the modern Mohito and Martini, and what Ben Franklin considered “The Proof of God’s Love.”

For over 30 years, David has worked at living history museums as an independent storyteller, teaching history through the eyes of a “person of the past.” He is a veteran of Colonial Williamsburg, Plimoth Plantation, Morristown National Historical Park, and the Old Barracks Museum. As an Irish Shannachie, David is known for tales that are so convincing “you can almost smell the peat.”

David holds a BA in Philosophy from SUNY Oswego, with additional study at Alvescot College, Oxford, and the College of William and Mary. He is actively engaged with History on the Hoof which presents historically-based character portrayals, songs, activities, and storytelling.

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

Non-members: $20 per ticket

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

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Check back for ongoing updates!

Oct 9
Role of the Oneida in the American Revolution
Ron Patterson
Nov 6
$45 per person • Advance registration required by October 30
Dinner with History
Lure and Lore of Liquor: Tavern Beverages of the American Revolution
David Emerson
Dec 4
An Unrecognizable America: Life Without the Antiquities Act of 1906
Jonathan Parker
Feb 5
Valley Forge – America’s Existential Moment
Bob Drury
Mar 5
Spies, Patriots, and Traitors:
American Intelligence in the Revolutionary War
Ken Daigler
Apr 2
Lafayette at Valley Forge
Diane Windham
May 7
Concert presenting a mixture of Colonial, Celtic,
Traditional, and Contemporary music
Charlie Zahm & Tad Marks