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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 wmchapel.org.

Tuesday, February 6
The Southern Campaign of the Revolutionary War

On June 19, 1778, General Washington marches his army out of Valley Forge to meet the British in what would become the Battle of Monmouth. This new American Army, well-trained, drilled and disciplined, will hold its ground at Monmouth and force the British to withdraw. This unified army proves that it can stand toe to toe in the field against the British. With neither force able to deliver a final crushing blow, a state of stalemate develops in the northern colonies. In one last major effort to quell the rebellion, the British adopt a new strategy—the Southern Campaign.

The events during this final push are little known to most Americans. We are not commonly taught about its significance in school, just as we were not taught that this struggle lasted eight long bitter years and was in fact the first civil war in America. Ranger David Lawrence will present his talk on this little known but vitally important period in America’s fight for independence. Major General Nathanael Greene, a Rhode Island Quaker turned soldier and Washington’s most trusted general, would take command in the south. He brilliantly reorganized the fragmented and disillusioned southern forces, out maneuvers and exhausts General Cornwallis’s army and sets the stage for the final British surrender at Yorktown.

About the Speaker

David Lawrence

David Lawrence has been in love with Valley Forge since he first visited the park as a little boy during the 1976 Bicentennial. His love of history has never ebbed. He worked in the park as a tour bus driver in the early ’90s while in college, and has a background as a social studies teacher. He began working in the National Park Service in 2004 at a variety of historically-focused sites, including two seasons at the Revolutionary War encampment site at Morristown, NJ. In 2012, he found himself coming full circle, becoming a park guide at Valley Forge, and continues to pursue his love of history today.

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.

SPECIAL EVENT: RESERVE TODAY! (register by 2/28)

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 by 2/28

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

Catering provided by Valley Forge Catering Company and includes choice of entrée with garden salad and vegetables, mini desserts, and non-alcoholic beverages.

menu

Sliced Slow Cooked Brisket, Port Wine Sauce
Chicken Francaise, Lemon-White Wine, Caper Sauce
Rosemary Roasted Potatoes
Mixed Greens Salad, Dried Cranberries, Candied Nuts, Feta (side), Raspberry Vinaigrette
Dinner Rolls & Butter
Chef’s Choice Assorted Mini Desserts
Coffee, Decaffeinated, Hot Tea
Assorted Soft Drinks, Bottled Water

Ticket price:

About the Speaker

A native of Wisconsin, Jon Kukla did his undergraduate work at Carthage College and accepted his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, where he focused on American, British, and Canadian history. Kukla directed research and publishing at the Library of Virginia in the 1970s and 80s, directed the Historic New Orleans Collection in the 1990s; and from 2000 to 2007 directed Red Hill – The Patrick Henry National Memorial in Charlotte County, Virginia.

Kukla’s recent books, Mr. Jefferson’s Women (Knopf 2007) and A Wilderness So Immense: The Louisiana Purchase and the Destiny of America (Knopf 2003) embody his personal goal of writing first-rate historical scholarship for a general readership – books, as one scholar put it, “that working historians have to read and the general public wants to read.” Both were Book-of-the-Month and History Book Club selections. “Order and Chaos in Early America” (American Historical Review, 1985) is the most prominent of Kukla’s many contributions to the major historical journals.

Kukla’s new book, Patrick Henry: Champion of Liberty, is a comprehensive biography that illuminates both Henry’s and Virginia’s prominence in the American Revolution and the founding of the Republic. Kukla has enjoyed research fellowships at the British Museum, the Virginia Historical Society, and the International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello. He has been a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians, and in 2006 was elected into membership in the prestigious American Antiquarian Society. He lives and writes in Richmond.