Alexander Hamilton

 

How did an orphan boy from the Caribbean become one of our founding fathers?  What lead him to be a soldier and fight with George Washington?  Learn about his falling out with General Washington, but also his devotion to duty.  Join us on Monday, October 10th as we welcome back our friend Gene Pisasale  as he presents Alexander Hamilton.  Gene will present the lecture dressed in full Continental Army officer’s uniform as a “Living Biographer” of Colonel Alexander Hamilton.  Learn how Hamilton came from humble beginnings, emigrated to America, and became a patriot.  See how he impacted the American Revolutionary War, the Constitution of the United States, and developing our economic system as our first Secretary of the Treasury.

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Paoli Battlefield August Tour

 

The Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund will be offering free tours of the Paoli Battlefield this summer.  There will be one tour each month to help educate the public about the revolutionary war battle that was fought on this battlefield.  All tours on on Saturday Morning from 11:00am to 2:00pm on the following dates

Saturday, June 25th  ♦  Saturday, July 23rd  ♦  Saturday, August 27th

 It was not a skirmish but a battle that featured 2000 plus troops on the British side and 2000 plus troops under the command of General Anthony Wayne.  There was also 2000 raw militia troops under the command of General William Smallwood that were attached right before they made it to Wayne’s camp in present day Malvern.

We will have our tent there where you can purchase tee shirts, hats, blankets, books, and pick up information on our upcoming events.  You can also sign up for our monthly newsletter to keep up on all of the happenings of the Paoli Battlefield so you can Remember Paoli.  We will have our credit card reader available if you wish to purchase any items using a debt or credit card.

Please stop by and learn about the second oldest revolutionary war monument in the country, and about America’s First Battle Cry “Remember Paoli”.  Learn why this was called the Paoli Massacre and learn about the Paoli Days that remember veterans staring in 1817.

See you this summer!!

Paoli Battlefield July Tour

 

The Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund will be offering free tours of the Paoli Battlefield this summer.  There will be one tour each month to help educate the public about the revolutionary war battle that was fought on this battlefield.  All tours on on Saturday Morning from 11:00am to 2:00pm on the following dates

Saturday, June 25th  ♦  Saturday, July 23rd  ♦  Saturday, August 27th

 It was not a skirmish but a battle that featured 2000 plus troops on the British side and 2000 plus troops under the command of General Anthony Wayne.  There was also 2000 raw militia troops under the command of General William Smallwood that were attached right before they made it to Wayne’s camp in present day Malvern.

We will have our tent there where you can purchase tee shirts, hats, blankets, books, and pick up information on our upcoming events.  You can also sign up for our monthly newsletter to keep up on all of the happenings of the Paoli Battlefield so you can Remember Paoli.  We will have our credit card reader available if you wish to purchase any items using a debt or credit card.

Please stop by and learn about the second oldest revolutionary war monument in the country, and about America’s First Battle Cry “Remember Paoli”.  Learn why this was called the Paoli Massacre and learn about the Paoli Days that remember veterans staring in 1817.

See you this summer!!

Jun 302016
 
Did you know that without a ship during the winter of 1776-77, the ever resourceful John Barry lead a battery of naval artillery at the battle of Princeton?  Join us on Monday, February 13th as we find out more about the man regarded as “the Father of the American Navy” and proudly welcome noted author Tim McGrath as he presents his talk on his award winning book John Barry: An American Hero in the Age of Sail.
The Naval Order of the United States has announced that Give Me a Fast Ship has won the 2016 Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature. Give Me a Fast Ship has won the Commodore Barry Book Award for Maritime Literature, presented by the Navy League of the United States, New York Council. McGrath is the first author to win this honor twice.  Give Me a Fast Ship won the Marion Brewington Award for Naval Literature (sponsored by the Maryland Historical Society), the Military Order of St. Louis,.  It has also won the American Revolution Round Table of New York Book of the Year Award, and the 2010 Book of the Year at the American Revolution Round Table of Philadelphia.

Our lectures have proved to be very popular and we strongly recommend that you book your seat now

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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 man regarded as “the Father of the American Navy” returns to the quarterdeck in John Barry: An American Hero in the Age of Sail, the first comprehensive biography of this legendary officer in generations. Son of a hardscrabble Irish farmer from County Wexford, Barry was sent to sea as a child, arriving in Philadelphia during the restless decade before the American Revolution. Brave and ambitious, he ascended the ratlines to become a successful merchant captain at a young age, commanding the most prestigious ship in the colonies and recording the fastest known day of sail in the century.

John Barry by Tim McGrathVolunteering to fight for the Continental cause, Barry saw his star rise during the War for Independence. As captain of the Lexington, Raleigh, and Alliance, Barry faced down broadsides, mutinies, and even a fleet of icebergs. He captured the first enemy warship taken by a Continental vessel and fought the last battle of the American Revolution. His hard-won victory over two British warships simultaneously garnered him international notoriety, while his skill as a seafarer and cool temper established Barry as a worthy foe among British captains. Without a ship during the winter of 1776-77, the ever resourceful Barry lead a battery of naval artillery at the battle of Princeton. With peace came a historic voyage to China, where Barry helped open trade with that reclusive empire. In 1794, President Washington named Barry as the first commissioned officer in the new United States Navy. Given the title of commodore, Barry ended his career during America’s naval war with France, teaching the ropes to a new generation of officers, most notably Stephen Decatur.

Drawn from primary source documents from around the world, John Barry: An American Hero in the Age of Sail by Tim McGrath brings the story of this self-made American back to life in a major new biography.

Tim McGrath (BA History, Temple University ’74) is a business executive who lives outside of Philadelphia. He has served on the board of directors of Independence Seaport Museum, Fort Mifflin on the Delaware, New Courtland Elder Services, the Kearsley Retirement Community (founded by Benjamin Franklin’s physician), Philadelphia Senior Centers, and Christ Church Hospital. His many interests, including tennis, horseback riding, and sailing, are limited only by creaking knees and a fickle rotator cuff.

Over the years he has written articles on management, U.S. history, and healthcare issues for various newspapers and magazines. With his son, Ted (an award-winning freelance illustrator), he wrote Travels with the Commodore, a children’s book published for the Philadelphia Port Authority’s community reading program. Despite his terrible typing, he’s at work on a new biography on James Monroe for NAL/Penguin Books.

Paoli Battlefield June Tour

 

The Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund will be offering free tours of the Paoli Battlefield this summer.  There will be one tour each month to help educate the public about the revolutionary war battle that was fought on this battlefield.  All tours on on Saturday Morning from 11:00am to 2:00pm on the following dates

Saturday, June 25th  ♦  Saturday, July 23rd  ♦  Saturday, August 27th

 It was not a skirmish but a battle that featured 2000 plus troops on the British side and 2000 plus troops under the command of General Anthony Wayne.  There was also 2000 raw militia troops under the command of General William Smallwood that were attached right before they made it to Wayne’s camp in present day Malvern.

We will have our tent there where you can purchase tee shirts, hats, blankets, books, and pick up information on our upcoming events.  You can also sign up for our monthly newsletter to keep up on all of the happenings of the Paoli Battlefield so you can Remember Paoli.  We will have our credit card reader available if you wish to purchase any items using a debt or credit card.

Please stop by and learn about the second oldest revolutionary war monument in the country, and about America’s First Battle Cry “Remember Paoli”.  Learn why this was called the Paoli Massacre and learn about the Paoli Days that remember veterans staring in 1817.

See you this summer!!

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.

Our lectures have proved to be very popular and we strongly recommend that you book your seat now. 

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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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Jun 152016
 

The Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund will be offering free tours of the Paoli Battlefield this summer.  There will be one tour each month to help educate the public about the revolutionary war battle that was fought on this battlefield.  All tours on on Saturday Morning from 11:00am to 2:00pm on the following dates

Saturday, June 25th  ♦  Saturday, July 23rd  ♦  Saturday, August 27th

Park along the ring road inside the Paoli Memorial Grounds and head to the monuments, you see us by the grave site where the entrance to the Historical Park is located.  If you need directions Click Here.

 It was not a skirmish but a battle that featured 2000 plus troops on the British side and 2000 plus troops under the command of General Anthony Wayne.  There was also 2000 raw militia troops under the command of General William Smallwood that were attached right before they made it to Wayne’s camp in present day Malvern.

We will have our tent there where you can purchase tee shirts, hats, blankets, books, and pick up information on our upcoming events.  You can also sign up for our monthly newsletter to keep up on all of the happenings of the Paoli Battlefield so you can Remember Paoli.  We will have our credit card reader available if you wish to purchase any items using a debt or credit card.

Please stop by and learn about the second oldest revolutionary war monument in the country, and about America’s First Battle Cry “Remember Paoli”.  Learn why this was called the Paoli Massacre and learn about the Paoli Days that remember veterans staring in 1817.

See you this summer!!

 

Jun 102016
 

Did you know that 6 Revolutionary War veterans were photographed in 1863 to help bolster the Union spirit during the Civil War?  The biographies of these soldiers were never properly vetted due to the interviewer’s patriotic agenda and the faded memories of the soldiers themselves.  Through long research by noted author and historian Don Hagist, the stories of these men come to life and show the inaccuracies and their first published stories, but shows that these men did serve in the war that gain us our independence.

Join us on Monday, January 9th as Don Hagist comes all the way from Providence, Rhode Island to talk about his book “The Revolution’s Last Men: The Soldiers Behind the Photographs. During the Civil War that threatened to tear the United States apart came the realization that only a handful of veterans of the American Revolution still survived—men who had fought the war that created the nation.

Our lectures have proved to be very popular and we strongly recommend that you book your seat now

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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.

Six of these men were photographed and interviewed for a book by Reverend E. B. Hillard that appeared late in 1864. Their images have captivated generations since then; but—through a combination of faded memories and the interviewer’s patriotic agenda—the biographies accompanying these amazing photographs were garbled and distorted, containing information that ranged from inaccurate to implausible.Revolutions Last Men

Now for the first time the military careers of these men have been researched in detail using a wide range of primary sources. The result is a new perspective on the actual service of these soldiers, from enlistment to discharge, along with new details of their relatively quiet postwar lives. The Revolution’s Last Men presents the original biographical interviews published in 1864, pension depositions and other first-hand accounts given by each man later in life, and an up-to-date biography examining each soldier’s service and discussing the inaccuracies and uncertainties of the previously published accounts. To complement the photographs taken in 1864, original drawings depict the men as they may have appeared when they were soldiers, using current research on military artifacts and material culture. Also included are additional photographs of some of the men that were not part of the 1864 collection but taken when their status as the last known survivors of the American Revolution made them celebrities. While the photographs of these aged veterans continue to inspire, this book puts their service into perspective and allows these men to be appreciated for who they really were and for their great and unique service to their country.

Don HagistDon N. Hagist is an avid historical researcher and has spent much of his life studying and researching the history of the American Revolution, focusing on the British soldiers who served in America during that war. Besides several books, he has published numerous articles on the subject. He gives lectures in America and Great Britain, and is available for speaking engagements.
Don is an engineering consultant, and also writes humor material for cartoonists whose work appears in national magazines and newspapers. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

Jun 082016
 

How did an orphan boy from the Caribbean become one of our founding fathers?  What lead him to be a soldier and fight with George Washington?  Learn about his falling out with General Washington, but also his devotion to duty.  Join us on Monday, October 10th as we welcome back our friend Gene Pisasale  as he presents Alexander Hamilton.  Gene will present the lecture dressed in full Continental Army officer’s uniform as a “Living Biographer” of Colonel Alexander Hamilton.  Learn how Hamilton came from humble beginnings, emigrated to America, and became a patriot.  See how he impacted the American Revolutionary War, the Constitution of the United States, and developing our economic system as our first Secretary of the Treasury.

Our lectures have proved to be very popular and we strongly recommend that you book your seat now

Register NOW

Click here to go to the booking page for this lecture

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.

Alexander Hamilton (1757- 1804) is one of the most important, yet least understood of the Founding Fathers. Orphaned as a young boy on the island of St. Croix, he later emigrated to the colonies and fought as a soldier in the American Revolution. He became a trusted aide-de-camp to General Washington, serving through most of the war and fighting at the final victory at Yorktown. Hamilton was an important contributor to the U.S. Constitution and the Federalist Papers, later becoming the first Secretary of the Treasury, where he transformed a bankrupt nation into an efficient government able to pay its debts, issue currency and regulate trade. His accomplishments stand among the most critical in the founding of our nation.

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, The Christian Sanderson Museum – Tom Thompson Remembers, and American Revolution to Fine Art – Brandywine Valley Reflections.

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Gene is an historian and writer from the Main Line outside Philadelphia, and hosts Living History on WCHE 1520AM in West Chester.. 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 the University of Texas at Austin.  He also holds an MBA Finance from San Diego State University, and is in the process of getting his Master’s Degree in American History from American Public University.  Gene is a certified Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), and a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) 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 nine 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 and Smoky.

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