Jun 212016
 

Celebrate the spirit of the American Revolution as we proudly welcome Charlie Zahm to the General Warren Inne for “An Evening of Colonial Music” on Tuesday, July 19th, 2016.

Year after year, Charlie Zahm’s voice, musicianship, extensive musical repertoire, and stage presence make him one of the most popular performers at festivals, music events, house concerts, and many other venues.  Charlie Zahm brings the spirit of the American Revolution and the drama of the age to an audience like few musicians can. Whether he is singing the glories of gallant General Washington, an ode to the great new ideal of “Liberty,” songs of battles won or lost, or just popular selections of the times, Charlie calls on a robust baritone, mastery of guitar (and other instruments), and a seasoned approach to the art of “entertaining” to provide a program enjoyed by all.

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Dine on heavy hors d’oeuvres in the outdoor Terrace (weather permitting) and relax and enjoy the sounds of ballads from days gone by.  This special summer soiree is easy on the purse at $39 per person, Alcoholic drinks are extra.  Included in your fee is all soft beverages and coffee, all tax and gratuities, the program, and a donation to help support the Paoli Battlefield Historical Park.

Your admission also includes a raffle ticket for a chance to win a night’s stay at the General Warren Inne. There will be one winner drawn at each lecture.

Charlie Zahm

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While Charlie is one of the most popular and sought out soloists at Celtic music festivals, maritime, early American and hymn music events anywhere east of the Mississippi., one of his great passions is singing about our Founding; the struggle of men and women who sacrificed all-their lives, fortunes and sacred honor (as Jefferson wrote)-to create a sovereign new land based upon principles of law, governance, and freedom that had long been denied them.

Charlie’s strength in the study and interpretation of history (in fact, one of his University degrees is History) has led him through a life-long disciplined research of the period, and how it affected the body of music now so important to its understanding. But Charlie’s presentations are no lectures-but rather fun, interactive and powerful events that truly provide a window to the past through time-honored oral traditions of recitation and song.

Whether singing at an outdoor festival, a historic site (such as Philadelphia’s Independence Hall), a concert or convention, Charlie demonstrates that his vocal ability is rarely matched inside or outside traditional music, and his mastery of the guitar is the perfect complement to his vocal performance. Whether singing a great old forgotten period song or some rousing well-known sing-along from the Early Days of the Republic, in shows ranging from Philadelphia’s Olde City to the giant Spectrum, Charlie entertains with a great respect for both his audience and his chosen material.  You can keep up with Charlie Zahm by going to his website http://www.charliezahm.com/

 

 

 

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Jul 232015
 

Did you know that there were numerous mutinies among the troops throughout the Revolutionary War.  Disaffection and lack of morale in an army was a greater danger than an armed enemy. You think you know all there is about the Pennsylvania Line mutiny? Did you know George Washington tried men in the French and Indian war for mutiny?

Join us on Monday, January 11th, 2016 as we welcome back John Nagy to talk about his book Rebellion in the Ranks Mutinies of the American Revolution.  This book won The American Revolution Round Table of Philadelphia’s Book Award for the best book on the American Revolution Era published in 2007

Through incredible research, John Nagy reveals tragic but engrossing events of the frequent mutinies that threatened the cause for Independence during the entire war, actions that have been overlooked in the commonly related accounts of those critical years. In his book, he corrects many of the inaccuracies of these sad events and identifies insurrections that were previously unknown. His accounts of incredible courage, hardship and defeat are often drawn from the participants themselves, their daily suffering and the perspectives of the mutineers. This work is historically important and will open your eyes to the truth about the War as you have never heard it related.”

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Your admission also includes a raffle ticket for a chance to win a night’s stay at the General Warren Inne. There will be one winner drawn at each lecture.

“It gives me great pain to be obliged to solicit the attention of the honorable Congress to the state of the army…the greater part of the army is in a state not far from mutiny…I know not to whom to impute this failure, but I am of the opinion, if the evil is not immediately remedied and more punctuality observed in future, the army must absolutely break up.”—George Washington, September 1775Nagy-150x150

Mutiny has always been a threat to the integrity of armies, particularly under trying circumstances, and since Concord and Lexington, mutiny had been the Continental Army’s constant traveling companion. It was not because the soldiers lacked resolve to overturn British rule or had a lack of faith in their commanders. It was the scarcity of food—during winter months it was not uncommon for soldiers to subsist on a soup of melted snow, a few peas, and a scrap of fat—money, clothing, and proper shelter, that forced soldiers to desert or organize resistance.

Mining previously ignored British and American primary source documents and reexamining other period writings, Nagy has corrected misconceptions about known events, such as the Pennsylvania Line Mutiny, while identifying for the first time previously unknown mutinies. Covering both the Army and the Navy, Nagy relates American officers’ constant struggle to keep up the morale of their troops, while highlighting British efforts to exploit this potentially fatal flaw.

John A. Nagy is a Scholar in Residence at Saint Francis University, Loretto, Pennsylvania, a consultant for Colonial Williamsburg and the William L. Clements Library of the University of Michigan on espionage, and an expert in antique documents. He is a founder and past President of the American Revolution Round Table of Philadelphia. He graduated from Saint Francis University, Loretto, Pennsylvania (BA) in 1968 and Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey (MMS) in 1979.  John is also a fellow at Colonial Williamsburg, and Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson.

He was the source of information used in the very popular webpage “Spy Letters of the American Revolution from the Collections of the Clements Library” at the University of Michigan.

Brad Meltzer, author and host of History Channel’s Brad Meltzer’s Decoded said “John A. Nagy knows more about spies in the American Revolution than anyone in history.”

John was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey and he now resides in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.  He has published Rebellion in the Ranks Mutinies of the American Revolution (2007), Invisible Ink Spycraft of the American Revolution (2010), Spies in the Continental Capital: Espionage Across Pennsylvania During the American Revolution (2011), Dr. Benjamin Church, Spy: A Case of Espionage on the Eve of the American Revolution (2013)

For more information on John A Nagy, please visit his website:  http://www.johnanagy.com/

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Jun 292014
 

Renowned George Washington “living biographer” Carl Closs visits us on Tuesday, July 29th for “An Evening With His Excellency, General George Washington”.  The General will mingle with guests while all enjoy a special one hour cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception in the outdoor Terrace and then speaking to his guests about the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and responding to their questions and comments.  This special summer soiree is easy on the purse at $39 per person, Alcoholic drinks are extra.

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George Washington’s Presidency (1789-1797) set the gold standard for what it means to be the President of the United States of America. His impact on our country, and the world, is so immense that it has been the subject of thousands of books, movies and Doctoral dissertations. Washington’s selflessness, sound judgment, moderation and “steady hand at the wheel” allowed our fragile Republic to rise to greatness in the decades that followed- and become a beacon of liberty for people around the globe. Abigail Adams summed it up when she wrote: “Mark his majestic fabric, he’s a temple sacred by birth, and built by hands divine. He is polite with dignity, affable without familiarity, distant without haughtiness, grave without austerity, modest, wise and good.” His biography is well known but still some myths remain to this day.

Carl is a former educator and senior business executive who has dedicated his retirement toward helping children and adults discover George Washington. His portrayal goes much deeper than simply donning a uniform, Carl is a serious scholar and lively speaker who delights audiences with little-known, instructive and entertaining Washington facts that parallel the challenges and situations we face today in our homes, classrooms and workplaces. Carl’s biography and testimonials speak to his world renowned status as one of the best “living biographers” of General George Washington.

For more information on Carl Closs go to http://www.gwashington.net.

We would like to thank Zeyn Uzman for sponsoring this event.

 

Jun 252014
 

Join us on Monday, September 8th as we kick off our 4th season of A Revolutionary Lecture Series at the General Warren Inne in Malvern.  We welcome local author Gene Pisasale to discuss Washington and Lafayette, The Friendship That Saved the Revolution. General George Washington (Carl Closs) will be there in uniform for this lecture.  

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The all inclusive admission price is $49 per person which includes the 18th century American Fare Buffet, all soft beverages and coffee, family style sweets during the question and answer session, all tax and gratuities, the lecture, and a donation to help support the Paoli Battlefield Historical Park.

Your admission also includes a raffle ticket for a chance to win a night’s stay at the General Warren Inne. There will be one winner drawn at each lecture.

The lecture highlights the little known role that the Marquis de Lafayette played in America’s war for independence, including his participation at the Battle of the Brandywine on September 11, 1777. His ongoing support, both monetary and political, helped win the war against Great Britain and earns him recognition as a “Founding Son” of the Revolutionary War. The lecture series was inspired by a visit to Brandywine Battlefield Park- which along with other historic parks is in danger of being closed.

Gene has written many books including The Forgotten Star: A Historical fiction novel of the War of 1812 and true-life mysteries surrounding a 200-year old American icon- the Star-Spangled Banner, Abandoned Address- The Secret of Frick’s Lock, Lafayette’s Gold- The Lost Brandywine Treasure, Vineyard Days: a novel set in Martha’s Vineyard, and The Christian Sanderson Museum – Tom Thompson Remembers.

Gene is an historical mystery writer from the Main Line outside Philadelphia. An avid history buff, he started writing novels after 30 years in the energy and investment industry. He holds a Master’s Degree in Petroleum Geology and an MBA Finance. Gene is a member of the Chester County Historical Society, Chadds Ford Historical Society, American Friends of Lafayette, Friends of Brandywine Battlefield and is an approved speaker for the Delaware Humanities Forum. He has published five novels, conducts an ongoing lecture series on historical topics and is available for book signings. Gene and his wife Phyllis live in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania with their three cats Frankie, Francis and Momcat, parakeets Linus and Sally and occasional feline freeloaders Bear, Smoky and Dadcat.

For more information about Gene Pisasale visit www.genepisasale.com

 

 

Jun 212014
 

Join us on Monday, October 13th, 2014 as we proudly present “Defiant Brides: The Untold Story of Two Revolutionary-Era Women and the Radical Men They Married” by author Nancy Rubin Stuart who comes all the way from Cape Cod, Massachusetts  to give us this presentation.  

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The all inclusive admission price is $49 per person which includes the 18th century American Fare Buffet, all soft beverages and coffee, family style sweets during the question and answer session, all tax and gratuities, the lecture, and a donation to help support the Paoli Battlefield Historical Park.

Your admission also includes a raffle ticket for a chance to win a night’s stay at the General Warren Inne. There will be one winner drawn at each lecture.

In her book, esteemed biographer Nancy Rubin Stuart writes a dual biography of both Peggy Shippen Arnold and Lucy Flucker Knox, both spirited women, and reveals that neither was simply a “traitor” or “patriot.”  This book portrays two rebellious women who defied expectations and struggled-publicly and privately in a volatile political moment in early America.

When Peggy Shippen, the celebrated blonde belle of Philadelphia, married American military hero Benedict Arnold in 1779, she anticipated a life of fame and fortune, but financial debts and political intrigues prompted her to conspire with her treasonous husband against George Washington and the American Revolution. In spite of her commendable efforts to rehabilitate her husband’s name, Peggy Shippen continues to be remembered as a traitor bride.

Peggy’s patriotic counterpart was Lucy Flucker, the spirited and voluptuous brunette, who in 1774 defied her wealthy Tory parents by marrying a poor Boston bookbinder simply for love. When her husband, Henry Knox, later became a famous general in the American Revolutionary War, Lucy faithfully followed him through Washington’s army camps where she birthed and lost babies, befriended Martha Washington, was praised for her social skills, and secured her legacy as an admired patriot wife.

Drawing from never-before-published correspondence, Nancy Rubin Stuart traces the evolution of these women from passionate teenage brides to mature matrons, bringing both women from the sidelines of history to its vital center. Readers will be enthralled by Stuart’s dramatic account of the epic lives of these defiant brides, which begin with romance, are complicated by politics, and involve spies, disappointments, heroic deeds, tragedies, and personal triumphs.

Nancy Rubin Stuart is an award-winning author specializing in women’s and social history. She has appeared on national television including CSPAN, and NPR, and has written for the New York Times, among other publications. Stuart is a board member of the Women Writing Women’s Lives Seminar at the CUNY Graduate Center. Currently, Stuart lives on Cape Cod where she serves as Executive Director of the Cape Cod Writers Center, writes for American History, the Huffington Post and as a columnist for the Barnstable Patriot.

Nancy’s other books are:

The New Suburban Woman: Beyond Myth and Motherhood

The Mother Mirror: How A Generation of Women Is Changing Motherhood in America

Isabella of Castile: The First Renaissance Queen

American Empress: The Life and Times of Marjorie Merriweather Post

The Reluctant Spiritualist: The Life of Maggie Fox

The Muse of the Revolution: The Secret Pen of Mercy Otis Warren and the Founding of a Nation

 

For more on Nancy Rubin Stuart, go to http://nancyrubinstuart.com/

Jun 202014
 

Join us on Monday, November 10th, 2014 as we welcome Dr. Samuel Forman to discuss his book, “Dr. Joseph Warren: The Boston Tea Party, Bunker Hill, and the Birth of American Liberty”. The site of this presentation is none other than The General Warren Inne. It was renamed in1825 after this famous patriot and war hero of the Battle of Bunker Hill.  Dr Forman will be coming from Massachusetts to give this presentation.  

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This definitive biography of the Revolutionary War doctor, Bostonian, War Hero, and patriot, Joseph Warren played a central role in the events leading to the American Revolution. This detailed biography of Warren rescues the figure from obscurity and reveals a remarkable revolutionary who dispatched Paul Revere on his famous ride and was the hero of the battle of Bunker Hill, where he was killed in action. Physician to the history makers of early America, political virtuoso, and military luminary, Warren comes to life in this comprehensive biography meticulously grounded in original scholarship.

Beloved and famous in his time for his political and military exploits, Joseph Warren is now barely remembered. No Founding personality captured the aspirational vision and spirit of America, nor matched eloquent words with pragmatic actions that rose to the most dangerous occasion, than did Joseph Warren. Born in 1741, by the time he reached his 34th birthday, he had become a physician, politician, mason and briefly a soldier. He assumed leadership roles in these diverse domains. Rising to the needs of his times and to its challenges, he cast in words and actions a foundation for America’s future.

Dr. Joseph Warren conducted what was surely the most unusual medical practice in America’s early history. He collected key military intelligence prior to the Revolutionary War from a network of spies acting as patients and was among early American doctors to use dead bodies for anatomical study. However, that is only part of his story. By virtue of directing the original Minute Men, Warren is considered a founder of the Army National Guard. He served as president of the 1775 Massachusetts Provincial Congress, where he advocated for a military accountable only to elected government, and as a Freemasonry Grand Master. Finally, as a military general, Warren was the first high-ranking American officer killed during the Revolutionary War.

Sam Forman is an historian, Harvard University faculty member, and businessman. He is educated in history of the American Revolution and the history of science, as well as the practice of clinical and preventive medicine. He is the president of Oak and Ivy Health Systems, Inc. and a visiting scientist at the Harvard University School of Public Health. Throughout his successful careers as a physician, military officer, and businessman, he has published and lectured on historical topics impacting current issues. In his spare time he acts as company surgeon of the Lexington Minute Men historical reenactors.

Jun 192014
 

Join us on Monday, January 12th, 2015 as we welcome back John Nagy to talk about his book Invisible Ink Spycraft of the American Revolution. It was based on almost two decades of primary research. It discusses the craft used by spies such as codes, ciphers, invisible writing, dead drops, mail intercepts, deceptions, and hidden compartments during the American Revolution. Many of the methods are still being used today. It is used as the guide for RevQuest at Colonial Williamsburg.

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The all inclusive admission price is $49 per person which includes the 18th century American Fare Buffet, all soft beverages and coffee, family style sweets during the question and answer session, all tax and gratuities, the lecture, and a donation to help support the Paoli Battlefield Historical Park.

Your admission also includes a raffle ticket for a chance to win a night’s stay at the General Warren Inne. There will be one winner drawn at each lecture.

During the American Revolution, espionage was critical to the successes and failures of both Continental and British efforts, and those employed in cloak and- dagger operations always risked death. While the most notorious episode of spying during the war—the Benedict Arnold affair—was a failure, most intelligence operations succeeded. Spycraft was no more wholly embraced than by the American commander-in-chief, George Washington. Washington relied on a vast spy network and personally designed sophisticated battle plan deceptions and counterintelligence efforts, some surprisingly modern in form. InInvisible Ink: Spycraft of the American Revolution, award-winning author John A. Nagy briefly traces the history of spy techniques from ancient China through Elizabethan England before embarking on the various techniques used by spies on both sides of the war to exchange secret information. These methods included dictionary codes, diplomatic ciphers, dead drops, hidden compartments (such as a hollowed-out bullet or a woman’s garter), and even musical notation, as well as efforts of counterintelligence, including “Black Chambers,” where postal correspondence was read by cryptologists. Throughout, the author provides examples of the various codes and ciphers employed, many of which have not been previously described. In addition, the author analyzes some of the key spy rings operating during the war, most notably the Culper ring that provided information to Washington from inside British controlled New York City. Based on nearly two decades of primary research, including the author’s discovery of previously unrecognized spies and methods, Invisible Ink is a major contribution to the history of conflict and technology.

John A. Nagy is a Scholar in Residence at Saint Francis University, Loretto, Pennsylvania, a consultant for Colonial Williamsburg and the William L. Clements Library of the University of Michigan on espionage, and an expert in antique documents. He is a founder and past President of the American Revolution Round Table of Philadelphia. He graduated from Saint Francis University, Loretto, Pennsylvania (BA) in 1968 and Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey (MMS) in 1979.

He was the source of information used in the very popular webpage “Spy Letters of the American Revolution from the Collections of the Clements Library” at the University of Michigan.

Brad Meltzer, author and host of History Channel’s Brad Meltzer’s Decoded said “John A. Nagy knows more about spies in the American Revolution than anyone in history.”

John was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey and he now resides in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.

For more information on John A Nagy, please visit his webstite:  http://www.johnanagy.com/

Jun 182014
 

Join us on Monday, February 9, 2014 as we welcome back our Paranormal expert Laurie Hull.  Laurie will reveal the results from our paranormal tour of the Paoli Battlefield which took place last fall.  These tours have showed that we have paranormal activity all around the battlefield from photos, recordings, and personal experiences.   

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The all inclusive admission price is $49 per person which includes the 18th century American Fare Buffet, all soft beverages and coffee, family style sweets during the question and answer session, all tax and gratuities, the lecture, and a donation to help support the Paoli Battlefield Historical Park.

Your admission also includes a raffle ticket for a chance to win a night’s stay at the General Warren Inne. There will be one winner drawn at each lecture.

Laurie has written several books on paranormal activity Brandywine Valley Ghosts: Haunts of Southeastern PennsylvaniaPhilly’s Main Line HauntsSupernatural Pennsylvania, and Supernatural Mid-Atlantic.  She is also director and founding member of Tri County Paranormal, and also offers readings by appointment or at Parastudy the first Monday of the month.

Laurie Hull is a psychic medium who became aware of her abilities at a very young age because she lived in a haunted home in Delaware County, PA. She was born and raised in Pennsylvania and enjoys living near so many historic and haunted places. 

Through her attempt to deal with the violent and negative spirit that inhabited her grandmother’s home, she developed her psychic abilities. She also began reading every book she could find on the supernatural and the paranormal that she could find.

During her time at Parastudy, an organization dedicated to helping others achieve enlightenment, her medium abilities were recognized and she began study with some of the mediums and Tarot readers there.

She continued her studies of the paranormal as she saw interest in it explode around her. Through it all she has mainatined a deep commitment to honesty and integrity in documentation of paranormal events. This led to the formation of a paranormal research group in 1991, which continues to be constantly booked with requests from homeowners and businesses for their help in understanding unexplained events happening at their properties.

The rest is history.  Since 1990, she has been teaching and counseling people all over the world, from The Phillipines to New York City. Today, she is a respected and accurate psychic medium and teaches her methods to others who are seeking answers.

Jun 132014
 

Join us on Monday, May 11, 2015 we welcome back Dr. Michael Gabriel of Kutztown University as he talks about local patriot Anthony Wayne and his battles during the Revolutionary War in the Northwest Frontier.

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In spring 1776 the Continental Congress ordered large reinforcements to Canada following the unsuccessful American assault on Quebec. Among the troops sent north was Colonel Anthony Wayne and his Fourth Battalion of the Pennsylvania Line. This presentation will examine Wayne’s role on the Northern Frontier, including the disastrous Battle of  Three Rivers, the American retreat from Canada, and his subsequent role as commander at Fort Ticonderoga. 

Michael P. Gabriel, a professor of history at Kutztown University, grew up in Bradford, Pennsylvania. He earned his BS at Clarion University, his MA at St. Bonaventure and his PhD at Penn State. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Historical Association, the Society of Military History, the Johannes Schwalm Historical Association and the Kutztown Area Historical Society.  He has published: “The Battle of Bennington: Soldiers and Civilians” (2012), his other works include authoring Major General Richard Montgomery: The Making of an American Hero (2002) and co-editing Quebec During the American Invasion, 1775 1776: The Journal of François Baby, Gabriel Taschereau, and Jenkin Williams (2005). Gabriel has also published numerous reviews and essays and has contributed entries to a variety of reference works. He and his wife, Sandy, live near Kutztown with their daughter, Katie.

May 132014
 

General George Washington talks to everyone young and old at the Terrace during our outdoor summer lecture at the General Warren Inne

We’d like to thank General  George Washington “aka Carl Closs” for his inspirational lecture and informative talk on the life and many surprising facts about the father of our country.  We’d also like to thank everyone who took time out of the busy summer schedule to dine under the terrace or on the stone patio and help support the Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund. The crowd was terrific and we are going to look at including an outdoor summer program in our lecture series next year.  We also appreciate the management and staff at the General Warren Inne for helping us put together this midsummer evening presentation which everyone enjoyed.  One last thank you to Zeyn Uzman who helped sponsor this lecture and made this whole special summer event possible.

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