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Saving the Battlefields Where America Was Forged

A Project of the Civil War Trust |  civilwar.org

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January 7, 2017March 4, 2017
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Join the Continental Army

@ Valley Forge National Historical Park , King of Prussia, Pennsylvania

Children are invited to Join the Continental Army and experience a day in the life of the continental soldier. Recruits will be mustered, or registered, by receiving enlistment papers and continental currency. Recruits will then be issued wooden (dummy) muskets and learn how to stand, march, and carry their musket as one of Washington's soldiers would have done. Park rangers dressed in continental uniform will train the recruits in a full musket drill.

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February 11, 2017March 19, 2017
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Guided Winter Hikes

@ Saratoga National Historical Park , Stillwater, New York

Join park rangers for a guided hike through the battlefield, get in touch with the natural surroundings, and learn a few survival skills—all while walking in the footsteps of history!

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February 22, 2017
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A Vintage Evening: Whiskey and Rebellion

@ Anderson House , Washington, District of Columbia

Celebrate the spirit of insurgency at this Vintage Evening on the Whiskey Rebellion. Learn about the uprising against a tax on distilled spirits in 1791 and George Washington’s bold response to subdue the protesters, while sampling whiskey from Lyon Distilling Co. of Saint Michaels, Md. This event is in commemoration of George Washington 285th birthday.

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February 25, 2017February 26, 2017
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241st Anniversary of the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge

@ Moores Creek National Battlefield , Currie, North Carolina

Please join us as we celebrate the 241st Anniversary of the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge, the 1st Patriot victory during the war for Independence.  Activities will include musket and cannon demonstrations throughout both days, as well as demonstrations of colonial trades such as blacksmithing, candle dipping, spinning, cooking, gardening, powder horn making, colonial toys and games, live music, and much more.  For up to date information, please follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/moorescreeknps.  The event is FREE and activities will take place on Saturday and Sunday, February 25-26, 2017 from 10:00 am-4:00 pm.

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March 7, 2017
Book Signing

Martyr of the American Revolution: The Execution of Isaac Hayne, South Carolinian

@ Anderson House , Washington , District of Columbia

Historian C. L. Bragg discusses and signs copies of his book Martyr of the American Revolution: The Execution of Isaac Hayne, South Carolinian (University of South Carolina Press, 2017). The talk will last about 45 minutes, followed by a book signing and light refreshments. Books will be available for purchase at the event. On August 4, 1781, in Charleston, South Carolina, the British army hanged Col. Isaac Hayne for treason. The death of a patriot in the cause of liberty was not a unique occurrence, but the unusually well-documented events surrounding the execution of Hayne and the involvement of his friends and family make his story compelling and poignant. Unlike young Capt. Nathan Hale, who suffered a similar fate in 1776, Hayne did not become a folk hero. What began as local incident, however, became an international affair that was debated in Parliament and the Continental Congress.

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March 17, 2017
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Mémoires Militaires, Historiques et Politiques de Rochambeau

@ Anderson House , Washington , District of Columbia

Library Director Ellen Clark presents two recent acquisitions of major significance – the original manuscript of the comte de Rochambeau’s memoir of his life and military career, and his family’s annotated copy of the posthumously published edition, Mémoires Militaires, Historiques et Politiques de Rochambeau (Paris, 1809). Late in his life, Jean-Baptiste-Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau (1725-1807) wrote an account of his long and distinguished career, which stretched from the War of Austrian Succession to the time of Napoleon. His 382-page manuscript, written entirely in his own hand, includes more than fifty pages on his experiences as commander of the French expeditionary forces sent by Louis XVI in 1780 to aid the United States in its fight for independence. Rochambeau’s manuscript became the basis for the two-volume Mémoires published two years after his death. The presentation will last approximately 30 minutes with time afterwards for up-close viewing of the manuscripts.

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March 25, 2017
Reenactment

Four Divisions formed at Fort Carillon-Rigaud's Attack of Fort William Henry

@ Fort Ticonderoga , Ticonderoga, New York

See French Regulars, Natives, and Canadians assemble at the fort, preparing to march across frozen Lake George to meet the enemy. Witness French soldiers building scaling ladders, artilleryman preparing the guns, stores, and ammunition as the army prepares for the surprise winter attack! Event tickets are $10.00; free admission is offered to Members of Fort Ticonderoga.

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April 13, 2017
Book Signing

Of Arms and Artists: The American Revolution through Painters' Eyes

@ Anderson House , Washington , District of Columbia

Paul Staiti discusses and signs copies of his book Of Arms and Artists: The American Revolution through Painters’ Eyes (Bloomsbury Press, 2016). Dr. Staiti is a professor of fine arts at Mount Holyoke College. The talk will last about 45 minutes, followed by a book signing and light refreshments. Books will be available for purchase at the event. The images accompanying the founding of the United States—of honored founders, dramatic battle scenes, and seminal moments—gave visual shape to Revolutionary events and symbolized an entirely new concept of leadership and government. Since then they have endured as indispensable icons, serving as historical documents and timeless reminders of the nation’s unprecedented beginnings. As Dr. Staiti reveals in Of Arms and Artists, the lives of the five great American artists of the Revolutionary period—Charles Willson Peale, John Singleton Copley, John Trumbull, Benjamin West, and Gilbert Stuart--were every bit as eventful as those of the Founders with whom they continually interacted, and their works contributed mightily to America’s founding spirit. Living in a time of breathtaking change, each in his own way came to grips with the history being made by turning to brushes and canvases, the results often eliciting awe and praise, and sometimes scorn. Ever since the passing of the last eyewitnesses to the Revolution, their imagery has connected Americans to 1776, allowing us to interpret and reinterpret the nation’s beginning generation after generation. The collective stories of these five artists open a fresh window on the Revolutionary era, making more human the figures we have long honored as our Founders, and deepening our understanding of the whirlwind out of which the United States emerged.

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April 30, 2017
Lecture

East Meets West

@ Visitor Center , Stillwater, New York

Global interaction started before the Internet! Learn how events in India during the 18th century affected the Revolutionary War, and how America’s Revolutionary War affected India in a lecture by Skidmore College Professor Tillman Nechtman. Then enjoy a concert of 18th-century Indian music by renowned musician and Skidmore College music department lecturer Veena Chandra.

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May 11, 2017
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The Swamp Fox: How Francis Marion Saved the American Revolution

@ Anderson House , Washington , District of Columbia

In honor of the 234th anniversary of the founding of the Society of the Cincinnati, historian John Oller discusses and signs copies of his biography of Francis Marion, an original Society member and famous leader of a band of South Carolina militiamen during the American Revolution. In the darkest days of the American Revolution, Francis Marion and his band of militia freedom fighters kept hope alive for the patriot cause during the critical British "southern campaign." Employing insurgent guerrilla tactics that became commonplace in later centuries, Marion and his brigade inflicted enemy losses that were individually small but cumulatively a large drain on British resources and morale. In this action-packed biography we meet many colorful characters from the Revolution: Banastre Tarleton, the British cavalry officer who relentlessly pursued Marion over twenty-six miles of swamp, only to call off the chase and declare (per legend) that "the Devil himself could not catch this damned old fox," giving Marion his famous nickname; Thomas Sumter, the bold but rash patriot militia leader whom Marion detested; Lord Cornwallis, the imperious British commander who ordered the hanging of rebels and the destruction of their plantations; "Light-Horse Harry" Lee, the urbane young Continental cavalryman who helped Marion topple critical British outposts in South Carolina; but most of all Francis Marion himself, "the Washington of the South," a man of ruthless determination yet humane character, motivated by what his peers called "the purest patriotism." In The Swamp Fox, the first major biography of Marion in more than forty years, John Oller provides a fresh look both at Marion, the man, and how he helped save the American Revolution. The talk will last approximately 45 minutes. Copies of the book will be available for purchase, and a book signing will follow the lecture. Light refreshments will be served.

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July 24, 2017July 28, 2017
Youth

Revolutionary War Camp Washington's Spies

@ Anderson House , Washington , District of Columbia

Join us this summer for Revolutionary War Camp Washington’s Spies, a day camp for boys and girls about espionage and the American Revolution. During the week, campers will learn about the diverse people who acted as spies during the Revolutionary War and in some cases influenced the outcomes of major events. Campers will dress in period costumes and enjoy hands-on activities, including creating secret codes, writing with invisible ink and orchestrating covert drop points. The camp will conclude with an open house for parents and friends to see demonstrations of what campers learned during the week. Ages 8 - 11. $400. For more information and to register, please contact Kendall Casey, museum education manager, at kcasey@societyofthecincinnati.org or 202.495.7127.

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