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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, October 9
SPECIAL LOCATION: Park Theater • Advance Tickets required due to capacity
Role of the Oneida in the American Revolution

Discover the importance of the Haudenosaunee people and the Oneida Nation’s role during the Revolutionary War.

About the Speaker

Ron Patterson

Ron Patterson was born on September 4, 1969 in Gowanda New York, son to Ronald W. Patterson (Seneca Nation, Deer Clan) and Brenda Patterson (Oneida Nation, Wolf Clan). Ron grew up on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation, home to eight thousand Seneca Indians.

He lived at the Seneca Nation until the age of eighteen, at which time he moved to the Oneida Nation ancestral homelands in Oneida New York. Here in Oneida, N.Y. he began working for the Oneida Indian Nation and has been employed for 25 years to date.

After acquiring a level 2 coaching certification – required to coach in Canada and the US – through the Canadian Lacrosse association, he was a founding participant in the Haudenosaunee’s minor lacrosse program known today as North American Minor Lacrosse Association. He has been coaching and playing for over 20 years. During this time he learned the art of traditional lacrosse stick making, adding to the long list of traditional crafting with which he is familiar including basket making, beading, and the preparation of traditional Haudenosaunee cooking.

Over time Ron began to develop an interest in the Oneida Nations Living History program. He was soon a lead interpreter and re-enactor for the history program, working with the National Park Service at Fort Stanwix, Saratoga, Oriskany Battle Monument and Valley Forge. He did additional study of the Oneida Nation and their contribution during the Revolutionary War.

Ron currently manages the Shako:wi Cultural Center providing education about the history of the Oneida Indian Nation. This role made it possible for him to teach the lost art of the ancient artisans. Today, he has made it his responsibility to educate the public and interested parties about the culture and history of the Oneida people and the important contributions the Haudenosaunee have made over time.

Alliance Members and Washington Memorial Heritage Donors:
Free with advance registration*

Non-members: $20 per ticket

* Young Friend or Individual member – 1 free ticket
* Household membership or higher – 2 free tickets

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Check back for ongoing updates!

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
Lafayette at Valley Forge
Diane Windham
May 7
Concert presenting a mixture of Colonial, Celtic,
Traditional, and Contemporary music
Charlie Zahm & Tad Marks