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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.

For directions to the Chapel, visit

Tuesday, November 7
Nathanael Greene: Thrice the Savior
of the Continental Army

Nathanael Greene was the strategist of the American Revolution. His role in the War for Independence was second only to General George Washington. Born and reared a Quaker, with no military experience, he was promoted from private to brigadier general overnight. George Washington and Nathanael Greene were the only general officers who served in that capacity throughout the war.

It was General Nathanael Greene who pulled the Continental Army from the throes of certain death at Valley Forge. It was General Greene who first petitioned Congress for a Declaration of Independence. It was Greene who was given the desperate task of commanding the Southern Department of the Continental Army after other commanders had failed. It was Greene who lured British General Cornwallis to Yorktown. Unable to participate or witness the victorious battle, he was forced to immediately return south with his troops and subdue the remaining British forces. Greene led his troops in battle and laid siege for a year after the victory at Yorktown. His persistence finally forced the British to evacuate the South.

Moreover, it was Greene who was constantly harassed by Congress, and ultimately forsaken by them. Three years after the official end of the war, Nathanael Greene was dead at the age of forty-four. His premature death was not only a result of the intense hardships of war, but the hardships and cruelty inflicted on him by the United States Congress.

About the Speaker

Janet Uhlar

Author, lecturer, and screenplay writer, Janet Uhlar’s genre (biographical fiction) is rarely seen. She is the author of two books on forgotten heroes of the American Revolution: Liberty’s Martyr: The Story of Dr. Joseph Warren (2009), and Freedom’s Cost: The Story of General Nathanael Greene (2011). Janet, who lives on Cape Cod, is presently working on a book about John Hancock.

Janet is on the Board of Trustees of the Nathanael Greene Homestead, and on the advisory board of the Mulberry Grove Foundation and the General Nathanael Greene Monument Foundation. Her lectures on Nathanael Greene and Joseph Warren have inspired the Valley Forge monument project completed on in September, 2015 by the General Society of the Sons of the Revolution; the Nathanael Greene Park Project in South Boston, VA; and the Warren Sash Project in Coventry, RI.

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

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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.