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American Revolution

Calendar of Upcoming Events [updated January 26, 2012]

Please submit items to post upcoming Southern Campaigns programs and events of interest to Revolutionary War researchers and history buffs. Before you go, always call ahead to confirm events and admission policies. SCAR does not endorse or recommend these events.

January 28, 2012 – Huntersville, NC – 231st Anniversary of the Battle of Cowan’s Ford commemorative program at historic Hopewell Presbyterian Church, 10500 Beatties Ford Road. Hot coffee will be served at 9:15 am with the presentations in the church beginning at 10:00 am. Free event, public invited. For additional information, contact Tim Berly at tberly@carolina.rr.com or call (704) 849-7886 or (704) 849-7886. Immediately following the event at 12:15pm, there will be an open lunch social for everybody at Mimi's Cafe at Northlake Mall.

January 31, 2012 – Marion, SC – debut of new documentary film on Gen. Francis Marion followed by a panel discussion of the film. Panelist include SCAR Fellows Christine Swager, John C. "Jack" Parker and Charles B. Baxley with Dusty Owens. Moderator Brandi Cook. Marion Opera House, 101 Court Street. Event starts at 7:00 pm and is free and the public is invited. For additional information, contact Dianne Owens at (843) 423-5961 or dowens@marionsc.gov.

February 7, 2012 – Valley Forge, Pa. – Lecture by Bob Sullivan, Executive Director of the Schuylkill River National and State Heritage Area on "Red Tape in the American Revolution." Ranging in size from small scraps and notes to large, oversize forms, the “paperwork” of the Revolution is, surprisingly, far from a mundane subject. Sponsored by The Friends of Valley Forge Park, the Heritage Society – Washington Memorial Chapel, Valley Forge National Historical Park, and Washington Memorial Chapel. Programs are held on Tuesday evenings at Washington Memorial Chapel at 7:00 pm. Admission is free to members and the public. http://www.friendsofvalleyforge.org/documents/2011-2012-speaker-series.pdf

February 9, 2012 – New York City – Fraunces Tavern Museum Special Evening Lectures presents "The Founding Fathers Reconsidered," by R.B. Bernstein. It is sometimes easy to forget that Washington, Franklin, Jefferson, Adams, and the other founders were first and foremost human beings; imperfect and people much like us, who nevertheless achieved political greatness. In Bernstein’s new book they emerge here as men who sought to transcend their intellectual world even as they were bound by its limits; striving to lead the new nation even as they had to defer to the great body of the people & learn with them the possibilities & limitations of politics. By tracing the dynamic forces that molded these men as British colonists in North America into intellectual citizens of the Atlantic civilization's Age of Enlightenment, we see how key concepts and complications both shaped & limited their achievements as the United States sought its place in the world. Beginning at 6:30 pm in Fraunces Tavern Museum’s Flag Gallery. Cost: $10/ free for FTM members, includes light refreshments. Tickets sold at the door only, first come first serve. Before you head out to an event, please call 212-425-1778 to confirm the location.
http://www.frauncestavernmuseum.org/mus_cal.html

February 10-11-12, 2012 – Washington, Ga. – Battle of Kettle Creek celebrations: February 11th – 3:00 pm - “Elijah Clarke’s Exodus to Tennessee” presentation by author Dr. Christine Swager at the Mary Willis Library, 204 E. Liberty St.; February 11th at 8:30 am – show the Battle of Kettle Creek video & discussion by US Army historian, Walt Andre at Mary Wills Library; 9:00 am – 12:00 noon - “Celebration of History” - view thirty historical performances in Washington Town Square, Mary Willis Library, Robert Toombs House, and Washington Historical Museum; 11:00 am - parade – assemble at Mary Willis Library; march to Town Square and end at Fort Washington Park; 11:30 am – dramatic portrayal of the Battle of Kettle Creek in Fort Washington Park (behind the Court House); 10:30 am – 12:30 pm – walking tours led by Army historian of the Kettle Creek battleground, Warhill Road. GPS N33.691 W82.886; 11:30 am – 1:00 pm – lunch, BBQ plate $10 pick-up or served at Mary Willis Library, 204 E. Liberty Street; 3:00 pm – Memorial Ceremony and pageantry at the Battle of Kettle Creek Monument on War Hill, with presentation of wreaths and musket salutes; 10:00 am – 5:00 pm – open house and exhibits at the Mary Willis Library, Robert Toombs House and Washington Historical Museum; February 12th - 9:00 am Colonial Worship Service; First United Methodist Church, 102 West Liberty St. All activities are free and the public is invited. For more details contact the Washington-Wilkes Chamber of Commerce at (706) 678-2013 http://www.washingtonwilkes.org/blog

February 12, 2012 – Washington Crossing, Pa. – Winter/Spring 2012 Lecture Series: Early American Warfare. 3:00 pm - "The Hamiltonian Moment and the Specter of Democracy" by Andrew Shankman, Associate Professor of History, Rutgers Camden. The lecture will explore Hamilton’s role in the shaping of American government in the 1790s, and his ultimate defeat by what Hamilton viewed as a “terrifying specter of democracy” that embodied social mobility and fluidity. Andrew Shankman is the author of Crucible of American Democracy: The Struggle to Fuse Egalitarianism and Capitalism in Jeffersonian Pennsylvania. The event is free and open to the public, but RSVP to save a seat by calling (215) 493-2233 ext. 100 or e-mailing rsvp@dlar.org. The David Library of the American Revolution, 1201 River Road (PA Route 32). http://www.dlar.org/index.htm.

February 18, 2012 – South Boston, Va. – Crossing of the Dan Commemorative Ceremony and Lecture – 10:00 am commemorative program, wreath presentations and keynote presentation by Philip Greenwalt, an interpretive ranger at George Washington’s Birthplace National Memorial in Westmoreland County, Va. He will speak on Col. Otho Holland Williams and the 1st Maryland Continental Regiment. Lunch after the ceremony and keynote speaker will be available only by reservation for $12 each. Events will be held at The Prizery, the community and arts center, located at 700 Bruce Street, South Boston. For more information, or special needs, contact DAR Chapter Regent Anne Raab at tsraab@comcast.net or 434-470-1350; or SAR Chapter Past-President, Douglas Powell at Douglas@BanisterRiver.com or 434-476-2483.
http://www.prizery.com/Crossing/Celebration.htm

February 20, 2012 – Spartanburg, SC – Revolutionary War Roundtable of the Backcountry - dinner & program. "Backcountry Fury; A Renown Revolutionary War Hero Speaks" – presentation by Dr. Tony Zeiss, author, educational leader and President of Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, NC. Meet at Wofford College, Montgomery Room of the Burwell Building. You may choose to join us dinner prior to the program or for the program only. The charge for the dinner and program is $20 per person and the cost for those attending the program only is $5 per person. Social time: 6:00-6:30 pm; dinner: 6:30-7:05 pm; and program: 7:15-8:00 pm. To reserve your meal please reply to PesaroJB@Wofford.Edu and make checks payable to Revolutionary War Roundtable of the Backcountry to Juanita Pesaro, Continuing Education, Wofford College, 429 N. Church St., Spartanburg, SC 29303.

February 24-26, 2012 – Marion, SC – Gen. Francis Marion Days. Programs include a 10 mile, 10k and 5k foot races, chili cook-off, living history demonstrations. Event is free and the public is invited; some events require fees. For more information call the City at (843) 423-3561, ext. 21 or see http://www.marionsc.gov or http://www.theswampfox.com

March 1, 2012 – Columbia, SC – Richland County Public Library, Main Branch – Walking in the Past Lane. 6:00 pm – local historian and expert tour giude, Dean Hunt, shares his enthusiasm for little known Lexington County Revolutionary War battlefields. This pictorial history includes the skirmishes of Juniper Springs, Vaudant's Old Field, Tarrer Spring, and others. http://host6.evanced.info/richland/evanced/eventcalendar.asp

March 4, 2012 – Washington Crossing, Pa. – Winter/Spring 2011 Lecture Series: Early American Warfare. 3:00 pm - "A Family in Fragments: The Life and times of Alice, A Bucks County Slave," presented by Susan Klepp, Professor of Colonial America and American Women’s History at Temple University. Noted Women’s historian Susan Klepp will tell the story of Alice, a slave who ran Dunk’s Ferry on the Delaware River just south of Bristol, Pennsylvania. Building on a short biography of Alice published in 1802, Professor Klepp will put Alice’s life in context, and will examine how Alice’s experiences in slavery and her anti-slavery beliefs inform our knowledge of race and slavery in Early America. The event is free and open to the public, but RSVP to save a seat by calling (215) 493-2233 ext. 100 or e-mailing rsvp@dlar.org. The David Library of the American Revolution, 1201 River Road (PA Route 32). http://www.dlar.org/index.htm.

March 6, 2012 – Valley Forge, Pa. – Lecture by Samantha Meta, Member of the Oneida Nation on "Oneida Women during the American Revolution." An up-close and personal look at the contributions of, and challenges to, the women of the Oneida Nation during Revolutionary times in America. Sponsored by The Friends of Valley Forge Park, the Heritage Society – Washington Memorial Chapel, Valley Forge National Historical Park, and Washington Memorial Chapel. Programs are held on Tuesday evenings at Washington Memorial Chapel at 7:00 pm. Admission is free to members and the public. http://www.friendsofvalleyforge.org/documents/2011-2012-speaker-series.pdf

March 7, 2012 – Arlington, Va. – American Revolution Round Table of the District of Columbia presents a program by author Christian M. McBurney on his new book, The Rhode Island Campaign: The First French and American Operation of the Revolutionary War at the Fort Myer Officers' Club, Arlington, Virginia. From 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm will be a social hour as members and guests gather in the Campaign Room, this will be followed by fixed price, sit-down dinner at 7:00 pm. A cash bar is available until dinner starts. Following dinner, there will be brief announcements and a possible brief membership business discussion. The speaking presentation is open to any interested persons, and will begin about 8:00 pm. The program and should end about 9:00 pm. ARRT-DC meetings are open to the public; non-members are welcomed to sign up for the dinner and speaking presentation. Dinner reservations are required to attend the full dinner and speaking presentation. Contact Information is at the main American Revolution Round Table web page. The ARRT-DC program meetings also allow, on a space available basis, attendance at the speaking program only without attending, but following the dinner. There is a charge of $10 to be paid at the entrance by post-dinner attendees, who need to be in the ante-room of where the program is being conducted at the Fort Myer's Officers' Club at 7:45 pm, prior to break between the dinner and the start of the speaking presentation at 8:00 pm. For more information: http://xenophongroup.com/patriot/arrt/arrtprgm.htm

March 10, 2012 – Newark, Del. – Hale Byrnes House - 7:30 pm - Patricia Halfpenny, noted ceramics scholar, author and former Director of Museum Collections at Winterthur Museum, will present "Success to America" focusing on British patterns, sources and potters who celebrated the new nation. $5 at the door includes coffee and dessert. Kim Burdick, Chair. ARRT-DE (http://www.halebyrnes.org)

March 10, 2012 – York, SC – Southern Campaigns Revolutionary War Roundtable - 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at the Southern Revolutionary War Institute, McCelvey Center.

March 17-18, 2012 – Greensboro, NC – annual Reenactment of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse at Greensboro Country Park. The 2012 anniversary commemoration takes place at 2:00 pm at Country Park, 3905 Nathanael Greene Dr.

March 19, 2012 – Spartanburg, SC – Revolutionary War Roundtable of the Backcountry – dinner & program. Presentation by author Joe Epley: "A Passel of Hate - Brother against brother, neighbor against neighbor in the Carolina Backcountry of 1780." Meet at Wofford College, Montgomery Room of the Burwell Building. You may choose to join us dinner prior to the program or for the program only. The charge for the dinner and program is $20 per person and the cost for those attending the program only is $5 per person. Social time: 6:00-6:30 pm; dinner: 6:30-7:05 pm; and program: 7:15-8:00 pm. To reserve your meal please reply to PesaroJB@Wofford.Edu and make checks payable to Revolutionary War Roundtable of the Backcountry to Juanita Pesaro, Continuing Education, Wofford College, 429 N. Church St., Spartanburg, SC 29303.

March 21, 2012 – Richmond, Va. – American Revolution Round Table – Richmond presents a program by Kevin Weddle on "A Change of both Men and Measures: British Reaction to Saratoga, 1777-78," in the Westhampton Room in the University of Richmond’s Heilman Dining Center. Dinner will be available from 5:30 - 6:30 pm and will be followed by the meeting at 6:30 pm. For additional information contact Bill Welsch at (804) 755-1809, president@arrt-richmond.org. http://www.arrt-richmond.org

March 22, 2012 – Washington Crossing, Pa. – Winter/Spring 2011 Lecture Series: Early American Warfare. 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm: "Manners and the Making of the American Revolution: Dr. Alexander Hamilton’s Itinerarium" by Michael W. Zuckerman, Emeritus Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania. The lecture will examine the travel narrative of the Scottish-born physician who settled in Annapolis and journeyed to Maine and back in 1744. Dr. Hamilton’s detailed descriptions of local people illustrate cultural shifts occurring in the run-up to the Revolution. Michael W. Zuckerman is the author of Friends and Neighbors: Group Life in America's First Plural Societies, and Almost Chosen People: Oblique Biographies in the American Grain. The event is free and open to the public, but RSVP to save a seat by calling (215) 493-2233 ext. 100 or e-mailing rsvp@dlar.org. The David Library of the American Revolution, 1201 River Road (PA Route 32). http://www.dlar.org/index.htm.

March 23-25, 2012 – Williamsburg, Va. – Conference on the American Revolution. Edward G. Lengel, head of faculty, with Paul Lockhart, Joshua Howard, John Hall, Andrew O'Shaunghnessey, Mark Lender, William Welsch, and a special appearance by "John Paul Jones." Topics include: Bunker Hill, Monmouth, Greene in South Carolina, Washington’s Generalship, the British High Command, and Irregular Warfare, plus a special panel discussion. On Sunday, March 25, there will be a bus tour of the Yorktown battlefield. Fees charged. Phone: 1-855-OUR HISTORY (687-4478); email: info@AmericasHistoryLLC.com America’s History LLC, P. O. Box 1076, Goochland, VA 23063 http://americashistoryllc.com

March 29, 2012 – New York City – Fraunces Tavern Museum Special Evening Lectures presents "Witches, Wife Beaters, & Whores - Common Law & Common Folk in Early America," by Elaine Crane. The early American legal system permeated the lives of colonists, reflecting their sense of right & wrong, moral & immoral. As trials throughout the country reveal, alleged evildoers, from witches & wife beaters to debtors & fornicators, were as much a part of the social landscape as farmers, merchants, and ministers. Ordinary people made law by establishing & enforcing informal rules of conduct. Codified by a handshake or over a mug of ale, such agreements became custom & custom became "law," thus legitimizing a government that depended on popular consent to rule with authority. Beginning at 6:30 pm in Fraunces Tavern Museum’s Flag Gallery. Cost: $10/ free for FTM members, includes light refreshments. Tickets sold at the door only, first come, first serve. Before you head out to an event, please call 212-425-1778 to confirm the location. http://www.frauncestavernmuseum.org/mus_cal.html

Exhibits

New York Held Prisoner! "REVOLUTION AND THE CITY"

New York City - Frances Tavern Museum. Churches converted to barracks and stables! Harbor filled with prison ships! Patriots jailed, Tories' homes sabotaged! A City divided for seven years! Fraunces Tavern Museum presents "Revolution and the City" an exhibit covering 1776 - 1783 when all of New York City was held captive. The story of a city divided. Tory against Patriot, neighbor against neighbor. In addition to numerous paintings illustrations and artifacts, visitors will stand at the spot where a famous tavern keeper passed British military secrets on to General Washington as well as see "the most notorious horse's tail of the War." http://www.frauncestavernmuseum.org

More than Meets the Eye: Maps and Prints of Early America

Williamsburg, Va. - new map and print Exhibition at Williamsburg features 17th century images, including the 1613 VIRGINIA PARS map by Jacobus Francus that depicts Henricus, and items by De Bry (after White), and engravings after Smith. This exhibition explores how maps and prints aided colonial expansionists by conveying attitudes and values that swayed public opinion. Portraits depicted Native Americans as deferential subjects of the king. Maps, regarded as scientific and authoritative documents, were designed to impart a perception of power and control over the environment, claim land, and establish boundaries. The exhibition features maps and prints from the Foundation's nationally important collection, as well as important pieces borrowed from other institutions and private collectors. A few of the maps and prints have rarely been on view, including the so called "Frenchman's Map" from the collections of Swem Library at the College of William and Mary, which illustrates the 18th century town of Williamsburg. http://www.history.org/history/museums/dewitt_gallery_current.cfm

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