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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, which runs from September 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.

September 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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February 7, 2017
Ben Franklin’s Navy

While many Americans know of Benjamin Franklin’s remarkable accomplishments on behalf of the United States during his years as Minister to France during the Revolution, the story of his acting as unofficial leader of the Continental Navy in Europe is rarely told. It is a rollicking combination of adventure, intrigue, victory, tragedy, with some comedy thrown in for good measure. The players include sea captains, kings, spies, wives and mistresses – all handled by Franklin with his usual wisdom, forbearance, vision, and wit.

About the Speaker

Tim McGrath

Tim McGrath (BA History, Temple University 1974) has, over the years, written articles on management, U.S. history, and healthcare issues for various newspapers and magazines. His first book, John Barry: an American Hero in the Age of Sail (Westholme Publishing), won the first Commodore John Barry Book Award, the American Revolutionary Roundtable Book of the Year Award, and was a finalist for the Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature. With his son, Ted, an award-winning artist, he wrote Travels with the Commodore, a children’s book published for the Philadelphia Port Authority’s community reading program.

Tim’s latest book, Give Me a Fast Ship (NAL/Penguin) was awarded the New York Revolutionary Round Table Book of the Year for 2014, the Marion Brewington Award for Naval Literature, the Commodore John Barry Book Award, and the Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature. Tim is currently working on both a biography of President James Monroe. A business executive who lives outside of Philadelphia, Tim serves on the board of several organizations. He writes his interests, including sailing, tennis, and riding, are limited only by creaking knees and a fickle rotator cuff.

Mar 7
The Revolution’s Last Men: The Soldiers Behind the Photographs
Don N. Hagist
The six surviving soldiers who fought in the Revolutionary War were interviewed and photographed in 1864. A researcher and writer tells their stories.
Apr 4
Meet Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton, as interpreted by Eben Kuhns
The young Hamilton and his views on life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Presented in cooperation with the American Historical Theater.
May 2
Special Location: Park Theater • Advance Tickets required due to capacity
George & Martha Washington: In Perfect Felicity
George & Martha Washington, interpreted by John Lopes & Carol Spacht
General and Mrs. George Washington share the story of their courtship and 40-year marriage.