David Library opportunity! And time to renew yearly membership

Dear Members & Friends,

The Lehigh Valley American Revolution Round Table has been invited for a unique opportunity to learn about and tour the David Library of the American Revolution (DLAR) in Washington Crossing with Librarian Kathie Ludwig.  Ideally, we would be looking at a Saturday in the spring when we do not need to worry about snow and icy roads.

DLAR is approximately a little over an hour from the Easton area and we would each be on our own for travel arrangements (perhaps, we would make a full day of it and visit nearby Washington Crossing State Park as well).  If people could car pool that would cut down on the number of vehicle.  If folks are interested, please email me by February 9th as I need to make the necessary arrangements with DLAR.  We will discuss some possible dates at our next meeting.

As many of you undoubtedly know from discussions at our meetings, the main focus of the David Library is the Revolutionary War period of American history, but materials on the French and Indian War and early national period are also well represented.  The Library’s collections are comprised of over 10,000 reels of microfilm, more than 8,000 printed volumes and 1,500 pamphlets.  Please go online to www.dlar.org to learn more about this unique institution so close to the Lehigh Valley.  As another bonus, following our program you might want to conduct some of your own personal research.

Please also remember that it is time to renew your membership for 2018.  You may send a check ($25 for individuals; $40 for a couple) to me or bring cash to the next meeting.  These funds help us to secure speakers and other individuals for future programs.  For now please make check payable to: Andrew Frederick-LVARRT and mail to:

Lehigh Valley American Revolution Round Table
PO Box 1772, Easton PA 18042

With all best wishes,
Andy Zellers-Frederick

January 24, 2018 Meeting

We had to postpone the Jan. 17 meeting one week because of the snowy road conditions and we will be meeting at 7 pm in Skillman Library, in the Gendebien Room at the top of the stairs.

We would like to thank the Lafayette College staff and our guest speaker, Diane Shaw, for letting us reschedule our meeting so soon!

Park anywhere there is a space.  Suggest using the deck behind Markle Hall; just a very short walk to Skillman Library. Here is a link to a campus map and directions.  On the pdf map, the parking deck is #2 and Skillman Library is #29.

“Humanity has won its suit …”: Lafayette and the American Revolution

 On January 1, 1783, Lafayette wrote the following to his aunt: “America is sure of her independence. Humanity has won its suit, and liberty will never again be without an asylum.” Of course, Lafayette had a major role in helping to secure that independence.

Diane Shaw, Director of Special Collections and College Archives at Lafayette College, will talk about Lafayette’s role in the American Revolution, from his arrival in America in July of 1777 to his significant contributions to the Yorktown Campaign of 1781.  Her presentation will be followed by an opportunity to see items from the College’s Lafayette collection, including highlights from the extraordinary Hubbard Collection of 149 of Lafayette’s original letters to George Washington.