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The Muster Roll

Alliance Speaker Series

Sponsored by the Sherrin H. and Bruce A. Baky Foundation

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 October 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.

October 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.

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Sep 6
The Washington Memorial Chapel: History, Architecture & Symbolism
Gardiner Pearson
The historical context of the Washington Memorial Chapel and its layers of symbolism as revealed in the windows and architecture.
Oct 4
Whatever Did They Eat?
Clarissa F. Dillon, Ph.D.
With two armies nearby, foraging and hungry, families in Eastern Pennsylvanians during the winter of 1777–78 found themselves severely pinched for food.
Nov 1
The Storm
Sam Katz
The founder of History Making Productions shares his award-winning video about Philadelphia before, during, and after the Revolutionary War.
Dec 6
An Inventory of an Army: What the British Surrendered at Yorktown
Bob Sullivan
A unique perspective on the British Army through the equipment and accoutrements surrendered on October 19, 1781.