JANUARY 15, 2020 PROGRAM ANNOUNCED!
Organization’s Founder & President To speak at the next meeting of the Lehigh Valley American Revolution Round Table
The Lehigh Valley American Revolution Round Table (LVARRT) is pleased to announce that its president & founder, Andrew A. Zellers-Frederick, will speak at its next meeting on Wednesday Evening, January 15th, 6:30 PM. The program, open both to members and the general public, is entitled: The Hessians at Trenton who Escaped Washington’s Christmas Day Net. Although the majority of the British Crown’s 1,400 Trenton garrison were killed, wounded or captured in Washington’s brilliant Christmas Day attack, that many credit with saving the American Revolution, nearly 400 German and British troops escaped the trap to fight another day. This interesting program will discuss these soldiers who retreated as individuals or units.
“The organization is thrilled to have Andrew Zellers-Frederick once again speak to us on a topic he is very familiar from his studies and publications,” said one board member.
“This distinguished historian and museum/historic site professional is the author of many articles and other publications on the American Revolution. We are pleased that he will share his wealth of knowledge with our organization.” His specialty in American history (especially on the Colonial, Revolution War & Early Federal Periods) is due to his BA in History with honors from Temple University; a MA in History from La Salle University with honors (holding the title of being the first graduate student to professionally publish an academic article prior to graduation); and a Certificate Degree from Bucks County Community College in Historic Preservation. Several of Zellers-Frederick’s most recent articles on the American Revolution are available to read on the website of the Journal of the American Revolution.
The program will be conducted in room #107 of Lafayette University’s Oechsle Center for Global Affairs in Easton located on campus at 55 South College Drive. The building is handicap accessible with convenient free parking located directed across the campus roadway from the building. The program is free for current members and a requested $6.00 donation to assist with covering expenses is requested from each guest.
We trust that many of our members will attend this program as well as new individuals just being introduced to our organization. The Board of Directors hopes that many will join our non-profit group, regardless of any previous background in history, to learn about our nation’s founding and to benefit from the vast array of learned speakers that come to our meetings. We regularly meet on the third Wednesday of every other month thanks to the support of Lafayette University. For more information, please visit our website at www.LVARRT.org, email LehighValleyARRT@gmail.com, or call 215-904-2344.
November 2019 Special LVARRT Event!
Dear Members, Friends, Colleague & Fellow Historians,
As the Lehigh Valley American Revolution Round Table winds down 2019 with its last meeting for the year, we have a special program schedule that will literally take us out with a bang. On November 20th at 6:00 PM(note the earlier time) we have been invited to visit the nearby Jacobsburg Historical Society, in nearby Nazareth to experience the Pennsylvania Longrifle Museum. Established more than forty years ago within the historic 1832 Joseph Henry Mansion site, our group will tour the organization’s museum, featuring a substantial collection of hand-crafted Pennsylvania longrifles and objects related to their manufacturing within the 18th and 19th centuries within the small industrial community originally founded by William Henry II, and other very interesting sites on the historic property.
special speaker will be Adam Stephan who is the 2nd Vice President
of the Jacobsburg Historical Society and a Revolutionary War historian and
reenactor for more than two decades.
History is a passion for him as he grew-up surrounded by the Henry
Family history passed onto him by his grandfather and mentor, Earl Van Norman;
a founding member of the society and its former president. Under his guidance, Mr. Stephan will share
his vast knowledge of this historic site and how the manufacturing/functions of
a flintlock. The JHS is located off the
Belfast exit of PA-33; turn west onto Henry Road, before reaching Schoeneck
Road, the museum on the right at 402-403 Henry Road. For all of those wishing to attend, please
respond by to the LVARRT by 11/19 at
LehighValleyARRT@gmail.com or call 215-904-2344. This program is free for current members and
a $6.00 donation is requested by others.
2020, the 250th anniversary year of the “Boston Massacre,” the
LVARRT will have more programs for the benefit of our members and other
attendees. If anyone has a suggestion for
a potential speaker on any topic within the 1750-1800period, please do not
hesitate to contact our board of directors.
In addition, the LVARRT wants interested people to join our dedicated
efforts by becoming a member. As
membership is our only substantial source of revenue for the LVARRT’s
operations and programs, please consider using the attached membership
form. For anyone joining now, you will
receive the rest of 2019 and all of 2020 plus a special gift. For any of our members who did not send in
their 2019 membership dues, we will offer a onetime exemption to forgive your
fees, and give you all of 2020, if you pay by November 30th. If you have any questions or concerns, please
do not hesitate to contact us.
I hope to see many of you at Jacobsburg!
If you have not formally joined LVARRT please see the attached Membership form in both PDF and .DOCX formats.
September 18, 2019 event topic will be: “America’s Premier Surveyor: The Life and Times of Andrew Ellicott.” The Guest Speaker will be Lorna Hainesworth. Lorna is Ambassador and National Traveler, Lifetime Member of the Surveyors Historical Society, the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation and founding member of the Lewis and Clark Trust, Inc.
During his lifetime 1759-1820, Andrew Ellicott was the premier land surveyor in the United States. He was called upon to perform many significant surveys such at the completion of the Mason/Dixon Line and the original survey of area designated to become our nation’s capital. He also carried forth the design for the city of Washington D. C.
He surveyed the borders of no less than eleven of our current or future states and he surveyed both the northern and southern boundaries of the United States. He served as a mentor for Meriwether Lewis and became a professor of mathematics at West Point Military Academy. These are but a few of the accomplishments from a very eventful life.
Learn more about this extraordinary man who made his home in Lancaster, Pennsylvania from 1801 to 1813 in a house that miraculously still stands.
We meet in the OECHLS Center for Global Education building, 53. S. College Drive, Room 101. There’s free parking across the street.
Kutztown Professor Michael Gabriel delivered an engaging history lesson on a relatively little-known Revolutionary War hero (1775-1776), Major General Richard Montgomery, and the unsuccessful “attack” on our northern neighbor, Canada.
Daresay that many Americans do not even know that our revolution – our attempt to oust the British from North America – included “asking” the newly-confiscated Canadian provinces – if they would like to side with we new Americans and remove the British from their soil.
Montgomery was born in Ireland and after serving fifteen years in the British Army, he threw his “hat” in the ring with the liberty-loving Americans and chose to come to America to turn himself into a “gentleman farmer.” But Montgomery’s destiny took a detour from the life he wanted back to the life of a soldier, an officer, someone whose training and devotion was first to the country he chose to defend.
Professor Gabriel shared with us Montgomery’s myriad letters home that illuminated the mind of a man who wanted desperately to live the rest of his life out of the limelight and yet in the end, a man who could only do his duty, what he foreswore to his adopted country, the yet to be “united states” of America.
The “assault on Quebec” and the American reasons behind it were all an interesting backdrop to the life of this young, Irishman-turned-American. Any American history student would have benefitted from Gabriel’s presentation.
(By permission, he allows this recording of his talk; the talk is broken into 3 parts.)
Photos below are 1. Portrait of Maj.General Richard Montgomery; 2. The first monument erected by Congress to honor an American Revolutionary War hero; 3. The “Royal Savage,” a ship that played an important part in the battle of Quebec; 4. Painting of a depiction of the battle of Quebec.
Thanks to one company’s sense of humor. Love those American patriots, always appreciating innovation.
Another “Washington crossing” – just for a laugh.
The American Revolution Round Table
The Lehigh Valley American Revolution Roundtable meets generally every other month to learn about the Revolution (1775-83). The war is also known as the American Revolutionary War and the U.S. War of Independence. The conflict arose from growing tensions between residents of Great Britain’s 13 North American colonies and the colonial government, which represented the British crown.
Our speakers come from a variety of backgrounds and all have an expertise that will give us insight into the “war of independence” and those who fought this war.