November 2019 Special LVARRT Event!

Jacobsburg Historical Society

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.  

Our 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.

For 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.


Andy Zellers-Frederick,

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.

Washington D.C.

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.

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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.)

Part 1

Part 1a

Part 2

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.

Bugs Bunny – Bunker Hill Bunny (1950) from Interact-TV, Inc. on Vimeo. The American Revolution- sort of

Thanks to one company’s sense of humor. Love those American patriots, always appreciating innovation.

Another “Washington crossing” – just for a laugh.

Since 1993

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.

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