Lecture – “Feeding Washington’s Army: Surviving the Valley Forge Winter of 1778” with Ricardo Herrera

Washington Crossing Historic Park 1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, PA, United States

On Thursday, June 1 at 7 PM, Ricardo A. Herrera will discuss his new book, Feeding Washington's Army: Surviving the Valley Forge Winter of 1778 (Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Press, 2022) at Washington Crossing Historic Park. In this major new history of the Continental Army’s Grand Forage of 1778, award-winning military historian Herrera uncovers what daily life was like for soldiers during the darkest and coldest days of the American Revolution: the Valley Forge winter. Here, the army launched its largest and riskiest operation—not a bloody battle against British forces but a campaign to feed itself and prevent Read More

Lecture – “Founding Friendship: George Washington, James Madison, and the Creation of the American Republic”

Washington Crossing Historic Park 1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, PA, United States

On Sunday, June 4 at 1:30 PM, join Stuart Leibiger as he discusses his book Founding Friendship: George Washington, James Madison, and the Creation of the American Republic. Dr. Leibiger analyzes the rise and fall of the friendship and political collaboration between these two Revolutionary Statesmen. After teaming up to help win American Independence, Washington and Madison cooperated on the framing and ratification of the U.S. Constitution. When Washington took office as first president, Madison was his right-hand man and confidant, providing advice on policy and precedents. With the rise of the Federalist and Republican parties, however, Washington and Madison Read More

Lecture – “Prisoners of Congress: Philadelphia’s Quakers in Exile 1777-1778”

Washington Crossing Historic Park 1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, PA, United States

On Wednesday, September 27 at 7 PM, Norman E. Donoghue II will discuss his new book, Prisoners of Congress: Philadelphia's Quakers in Exile at the Washington Crossing Historic Park Visitor Center Auditorium. The event is free to attend but registration is required. Click here to register. In 1777, Congress labeled Quakers who would not take up arms in support of the War of Independence as “the most Dangerous Enemies America knows” and ordered Pennsylvania and Delaware to apprehend them. In response, Keystone State officials sent twenty men—seventeen of whom were Quakers—into exile, banishing them to Virginia, where they were held for Read More

Lecture – “Hessians: German Soldiers in the American Revolutionary War” with Friederike Baer

Washington Crossing Historic Park 1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, PA, United States

On Sunday, October 15 at 1:30 PM, author Friederike Baer will discuss her book Hessians: German Soldiers in the American Revolutionary War. The book examines the experiences of the estimated 30,000 German soldiers – collectively known as Hessians – that participated in the war on the British side. In 2002, Dr. Baer received a Ph.D. in early American history from Brown University. She served as a project archivist at the American Philosophical Society. Since 2010, she has been on the faculty of Penn State Abington College as an Associate Professor of History and Division Head for Arts and Humanities. Copies Read More

Lecture – “Washington’s Marines: The Origins of the Corps and the American Revolution, 1775-1777”

Washington Crossing Historic Park 1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, PA, United States

On Saturday, November 4 at 1:30 PM, commemorate the Marine Corps birthday with Jason Q. Bohm (Maj. Gen. USMC) as he discusses his book on the founding and early years of the corps. The story begins with the oppressive days that drove America into a conflict for which it was ill-prepared, when thirteen independent colonies commenced a war against the world’s most powerful military with nothing more than local militias, privateers, and other ad hoc units. It continues with the creation of the Continental Marines and the men who led them during the parallel paths followed by the Army and Read More

Camp Life: Enduring the 1776 Bucks County Encampments

Washington Crossing Historic Park 1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, PA, United States

The desperate condition of the soldiers who crossed the Delaware River on December 25, 1776 has become as legendary as the crossing itself. Less well-known are the conditions under which these soldiers lived in the weeks preceding the crossing. On Sunday, December 3 at 7 PM, Park Military Historian Colin Zimmerman will examine the reality of the difficult and complex encampments and how they impacted what would prove to be a decisive military stroke in the American War for Independence. Due to the overwhelming response to attend, we are switching entirely to livestream. There will be no in-person component to Read More

Lecture – “Foul Bodies: Cleanliness in Early America”

Virtual PA, United States

This is a hybrid event.  Visitors may attend in-person in the Visitor Center Auditorium or virtually on Zoom.  In the event of inclement weather, this will be a virtual-only event.  Registrants will be notified. Join University of Pennsylvania professor Kathleen M. Brown as she discusses her book Foul Bodies: Cleanliness in America, winner of the Organization of American Historians' Lawrence Levine Book Prize for cultural history and the Society of the History of the Early American Republic Book Prize. Foul Bodies explores early America’s evolving perceptions of cleanliness, along the way analyzing the connections between changing public expectations for appearance Read More

Lecture – “The Revolution’s Last Men: The Soldiers Behind the Photographs”

Virtual PA, United States

This is a hybrid event.  Visitors may attend in-person in the Visitor Center Auditorium or virtually on Zoom.  In the event of inclement weather, this will be a virtual-only event.  Registrants will be notified.  Registration is required.  Log-in information provided at registration. Join historian Don Hagist as he discusses his book The Revolution's Last Men:  The Soldiers Behind the Photographs.  During the Civil War came the realization that only a handful of veterans of the American Revolution still survived.  Six of these men were photographed and interviewed for a book by Reverend E. B. Hillard that appeared late in 1864. Their Read More

Lecture – “A Revolutionary Friendship: Washington, Jefferson, and the American Republic”

Virtual PA, United States

This is a hybrid event.  Visitors may attend in-person in the Visitor Center Auditorium or virtually on Zoom.  Registration is required.  Log-in information provided at registration. In partnership with the David Center and the American Philosophical Society Francis D. Cogliano will discuss his new book A Revolutionary Friendship: Washington, Jefferson, and the American Republic. Cogliao examines the similarities and differences between the two statesmen whose estrangement mirrored key political fissures of the early United States, as the unity of revolutionary zeal gave way to competing visions for the new nation. A Revolutionary Friendship brilliantly captures the dramatic, challenging, and poignant reality that Read More

Fundraising Lecture – Jack D. Warren Jr. – “Freedom: The Enduring Importance of the Revolution”

Washington Crossing Historic Park 1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, PA, United States

This event is in-person only at the Visitor Center Auditorium. Registration required. Join us for a 1 hour lecture on Jack D. Warren Jr.'s new book on the American Revolution. Published under the auspices of the American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati, Freedom: The Enduring Importance of the American Revolution is a narrative history of the War for Independence. It tells the pivotal story of the courageous men and women who risked their lives to create a new nation based on the idea that government should serve people and protect their freedom. Written for Americans intent on Read More