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Fall Lectures at the Old Barracks Museum

The Old Barracks is pleased to host lectures and discussions by leading historians and authors on a variety of subjects sponsored by the Society of Sons of the Revolution in the State of New Jersey. Lectures are free to attend and start at 7 pm, doors open at 6:30 pm. Book pre-orders are recommended and can be placed online at www.barracks.org


Tuesday, October 15 at 7 PM: David Price will present a lecture on his book "The Road to Assunpink Creek: Liberty's Desperate Hour and the Ten Crucial Days of the American Revolution". The book puts a spotlight on what may be the most unappreciated moment of a young nation's revolutionary struggle when George Washington's army narrowly escaped destruction to keep alive its fight for American independence.

Thursday, October 24 at 7 PM: John Gilbert McCurdy will present a lecture on his book "Quarters: The Accommodation of the British Army and the Coming of the American Revolution". When Americans declared independence in 1776, they cited King George III "for quartering large bodies of armed troops among us." In Quarters, John Gilbert McCurdy explores the social and political history behind the charge, offering an authoritative account of the housing of British soldiers in America. Providing new interpretations and analysis of the Quartering Act of 1765, McCurdy sheds light on a misunderstood aspect of the American Revolution.

Tuesday, October 29 at 7 PM: Hal Taylor will present a lecture on his book "Before Penn: An Illustrated History of The Delaware River Colonies 1609 - 1682". The book provides the little known but fascinating history of the European settlement of the Delaware River Valley prior to the founding of Philadelphia by William Penn. The background tells of a legendary visit to North America by Irish monk St. Brendan in the seventh century and continues with a litany of European explorers searching for a short cut through the North American continent that will lead to the treasures of the Far East. During the process, abundant natural resources are discovered, leading to competition among major powers.

Monday, November 4 at 7 PM: Kenneth Gossard will present a lecture on his book "Thalers and Pence: Foreign Coins in the American Colonies 1607-1857". Kenneth Gossard provides an engaging explanation and history of foreign coins circulating in the English colonies and the young nation of the United States. Thalers and Pence is a useful text for both collectors and historians.

Thursday, November 14 at 7 PM: Peter Stark will present a lecture on his book "Young Washington: How Wilderness and War Forged America's Founding Father". Peter Stark is a finalist for the 2019 George Washington Book Prize for this publication. A new, brash, and unexpected view of the president we thought we knew, from the bestselling author of "Astoria". Two decades before he led America to independence, George Washington was a flailing young soldier serving the British Empire in the vast wilderness of the Ohio Valley. Naïve and self-absorbed, the twenty-two-year-old officer accidentally ignited the French and Indian War—a conflict that opened colonists to the possibility of an American Revolution.

Thursday, November 21 at 7 PM: Joyce Malcolm will present a lecture on her book "The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold: An American Life". Joyce Malcolm is a finalist for the 2019 George Washington Book Prize for this publication. A vivid and timely re-examination of one of young America's most complicated figures: the war hero turned infamous traitor, Benedict Arnold. Proud and talented, history now remembers this conflicted man solely through the lens of his last desperate act of treason. Yet the fall of Benedict Arnold remains one of the Revolutionary period's great puzzles. Why did a brilliant military commander, who repeatedly risked his life fighting the British, who was grievously injured in the line of duty, and fell into debt personally funding his own troops, ultimately became a traitor to the patriot cause? Historian Joyce Lee Malcolm skillfully unravels the man behind the myth and gives us a portrait of the true Arnold and his world.

All lectures are free of charge. Books can be pre-ordered online at: www.barracks.org

ABOUT THE OLD BARRACKS MUSEUM: The Old Barracks Museum preserves the history of a building constructed as a French and Indian War military barracks and used as a Revolutionary War hospital. It also stood witness to Washington's crucial victory at the Battle of Trenton. At the beginning of the 20th century, members of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Colonial Dames organized The Old Barracks Association and spearheaded a campaign to purchase the building. The building has been a museum for over a century, and has frequently been used as a symbol for the state of New Jersey. The Old Barracks Museum welcomes visitors from across the state as well as around the world.

Fall Lectures at the Old Barracks Museum

The Old Barracks is pleased to host lectures and discussions by leading historians and authors on a variety of subjects sponsored by the Society of Sons of the Revolution in the State of New Jersey. Lectures are free to attend and begin with a reception with light refreshments.

Saturday, September 23 at 12:30 PM: Mike Harris will present a lecture on his book “Brandywine: A Military History of the Battle that Lost Philadelphia ?but Saved America, September 11, 1777”. This full-length study of the pivotal Battle of Brandywine is the winner of the 2015 American Revolution Round Table of Richmond Book Award. The lecture will begin after a reception with light refreshments.

Tuesday, September 26 at 6:30 PM: Larry Kidder will present a lecture on his new book “Crossroads of the Revolution: Trenton 1774-1783” with a strong focus on the role of the Trenton Barracks. The story of Trenton during the American Revolution is a microcosm of the struggles faced by ordinary Americans during the Revolution, struggles intensified by Trenton's geographic location in the State which saw more military activity than others and on a road constantly used to move and supply armies. The lecture will begin after a reception with light refreshments.

Tuesday, October 10 at 6:30 PM: Arthur Lefkowitz will present a lecture on his book “Eyewitness Images from the American Revolution”. This book features over 100 pieces of artwork by soldiers who experienced the battles and scenes they depicted. The lecture will begin after a reception with light refreshments.

Saturday, October 21 at 1 PM: Robert Smith will present a lecture on his book “Manufacturing Independence: ?Industrial Innovation in the American Revolution”. This book is a study of Congress’ innovative program of munitions manufacturing under the Department of the Commissary General of Military in the 18th century. The lecture will begin after a reception with light refreshments.

Tuesday, October 24 at 7 PM: Garry Wheeler Stone will present a lecture titled "Monmouth: The Battle that Silenced Washington's Critics" based off the research in “Fatal Sunday: George Washington, the Monmouth Campaign, and the Politics of Battle” which he co-authored with Mark Lender. Stone is a retired New Jersey State Park Service historian and an expert on the cultural geography of Monmouth Battlefield.? The lecture will begin after a reception with light refreshments.

All lectures are free of charge. Books can be pre-ordered by calling the Old Barracks Museum at 609-777-3599. For more information, visit www.barracks.org.

ABOUT THE OLD BARRACKS MUSEUM: The Old Barracks Museum preserves the history of a building constructed as a French and Indian War military barracks and used as a Revolutionary War hospital. It also stood witness to Washington’s crucial victory at the Battle of Trenton. At the beginning of the 20th century, members of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Colonial Dames organized The Old Barracks Association and spearheaded a campaign to purchase the building. The building has been a museum for over a century, and has frequently been used as a symbol for the state of New Jersey. The Old Barracks Museum welcomes visitors from across the state as well as around the world.

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