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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.

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Tuesday, December 5
Battlefield Tactics in the Revolutionary War

This presentation explores the differences between service branches and their employment on Revolutionary War Southern Campaign Battlefields. Interpretive results are based on documentary, archaeological and living history research over the period of 1967-2016. The main concentration will be on the Continental Army infantry, as this branch was the primary main force unit engaged with British forces.

About the Speaker

Larry Babits

Larry Babits has extensive experience in military and maritime archaeology. He has excavated battlefields, fortifications, and a World War II POW camp. In addition to his academic side, Babits served three years in the US Army, largely with B Company, 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry (Gimlets). He has been a reenactor since 1961, especially as a Revolutionary War and Civil War private soldier. Babits has sailed tall ships and traveled extensively, including Egypt, Afghanistan, Iran, and Europe. He is currently involved with researching smoothbore musketry accuracy and shooting Civil War weaponry competitively with the First Maryland Infantry of the North-South Skirmish Association. In his leisure time, he does rugby.

Larry Babits publications include numerous site reports including Fort Dobbs on the Carolina Frontier, An Archaeological Survey of the Western Shore of the Pungo River from Wades Point to Woodstock Point (1995), and Archaeological Investigations at Causton’s Bluff, Chatham County, Georgia. He authored chapters and articles in Documentary Archaeology in the New World, Archaeology, Military Collector and Historian, Geoarchaeology, and the Maryland Historical Magazine. He was the McCann-Taggert Lecturer for the American Institute of Archaeology in 1995, was named George Washington Distinguished Professor of History by the NC Society of the Cincinnati in 2003, and a Fellow of the Company of Military Historians in 2006. His most recent book, Long, Obstinate and Bloody, deals with the 1781 Battle of Guilford Courthouse. It was co-written with Josh Howard and published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2009.

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.