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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, March 5
SPECIAL LOCATION: Park Theater • Advance Tickets required due to capacity
Spies, Patriots, and Traitors:
American Intelligence in the Revolutionary War
Spies, Patriots, and Traitors

Ken Daigler, retired CIA operations officer and author of Spies, Patriots and Traitors (2014 Georgetown University Press), presents the issues and developments involved with a history of secret activities during the Revolutionary Era and their impact before and during the war. He unmasks myths which we have been taught and generally unknown actions and organizations key to the success of the Revolution, plus intelligence activities which enabled the Patriots to defeat the greatest Army of its time.

About the Speaker

Ken Daigler

Ken is a retired CIA operations officer. He has also consulted for the Department of Defense in the counterintelligence field. His academic degrees are in history, with a B.A from Centre College of Kentucky and an M.A. from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. Ken has focused his studies on American intelligence activities in the 1765 to 1865 period. He has written numerous articles for various journals within the US intelligence community including “Studies in Intelligence” and “The Intelligencer”. In May 2014 Georgetown University Press released his book, Spies, Patriots and Traitors, which describes American intelligence activities during the Revolutionary Period both within the colonies and abroad.

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
Remember Our Valley Forge Times:
Lafayette, Washington, and the Winter of 1777–78
Diane Windham Shaw
May 7
Concert presenting a mixture of Colonial, Celtic,
Traditional, and Contemporary music
Charlie Zahm & Tad Marks
Tuesday, May 7
SPECIAL LOCATION: Freedoms Foundation • 1601 Valley Forge Road, Valley Forge, PA
7 – 8:30pm (includes 15-minute intermission & complementary post-concert reception)
A Historic Tribute to the Continental Army at Valley Forge
with Charlie Zahm and Tad Marks

A toe-tapping evening of colonial, Celtic, traditional, and contemporary music.

Charlie Zahm and Tad Marks

Photo: Jay Appleton

Charlie Zahm with his magnificent baritone voice has become one of the most successful performers on the Celtic festival circuit, weaving magical moments of history for the listener and viewer, with passion for the performance and a chosen repertoire pleasing to all members of the family. A master of the guitar as well, He brings an authentic love and respect for the music he sings-and with dashes of humor and a light in his eyes, he will draw you into the stories of his songs!

Charlie also performs period North American music from the 18th and 19th centuries, including music of the War Between the States, and is often asked to appear at Civil War re-enactments and concerts, as well as Colonial and Early American-themed events. Living in Philadelphia, the birthplace of the United States, helps keep him very busy in this regard!

The fantastic Baltimore fiddler Tad Marks, who has toured extensively across the U.S. and Europe and is considered one of the finest fiddlers on the East Coast, will be joining Charlie for the evening at Valley Forge. His down-home charm and easy-going style have made him friends across the country, and his fine fiddling on stage with Charlie ranges from hard-driving jigs and reels to the most expressive accompaniment for vocals you will ever hear.

Alliance Members and Washington Memorial Heritage Donors: $15 per ticket

Non-members: $25 per ticket

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