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Black Powder Tavern Lecture Series

Black Powder Tavern

Dinner-Lecture Series at the Black Powder Tavern in neighboring Valley Forge, PA

Room opens at 6PM • 1164 Valley Forge Rd, Wayne, PA 19087

We are happy to announce a new monthly dinner-lecture series at the Black Powder Tavern to benefit the Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund. Each lecture will be on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. All beverages are included with the exception of alcoholic beverages which can be purchased for an additional charge. The all-inclusive price includes the dinner buffet, non-alcoholic beverages, gratuity, taxes, the lecture, and a donation to the Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund. We’ll be serving a special buffet dinner with dishes reminiscent of those served during Colonial times in our area. Dinner will be served around 6:30 p.m.

The price of the lecture is $54.99 per person, but if you register before a week prior to the event, you will save $5, and the cost will be $49.99. Please make your reservation now as there is limited seating.

Each lecture will be Revolutionary War themed, and will begin after dinner in the upstairs seating area. Feel free to bring your drink with you but there will be no Wait Staff Service upstairs. You must settle your bill for any alcohol beverages before you go to the lecture room. Speakers may bring books along to sign and sell after each lecture so make sure to purchase one before you leave.

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UPCOMING LECTURES

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James McKinley

Tuesday, April 16, 2024 • 6PM
Duportail: A Founder Forgotten
with speaker James McKinley

We are sold out!!

Within a year of his joining the Continental Army in November 1777, General Louis Le Begue Duportail, a French military engineer, had become a trusted aide and advisor to the commanding general. As Washington’s chief engineer, General Duportail had responsibility for fortifications and defenses throughout the American colonies. He additionally served as a critical liaison between Washington and his French counterparts during the Yorktown campaign. His greatest legacy, however, is the establishment of the US Army Corps of Engineers and subsequently the US Military Academy at West Point. Despite the impact of his service to the American cause, General Duportail today is little remembered compared to similar foreign officers who served in the Continental Army.

About Our Speaker: James McKinley resides in Tredyffrin Township and has served on the Board of the Duportail House in Chesterbrook, PA, since 2016. The historic Duportail House (circa 1740) was the General’s quarters during the Valley Forge encampment. Before moving to Tredyffrin in 1997, Jim lived in Mt. Kisco, NY, where he was a founding member of the Mt. Kisco Historical Society.



Register before April 9th to get discounted price of $49.99.
After April 9th the price is $54.99.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2024 • 6PM
“The Line of Splendor, A Novel of Nathanael Greene and the American Revolution”
with author and historian Salina Baker

Join us on Tuesday, May 21st at 6pm as we proudly welcome author and historian Salina Baker who will be talking about her book on Major General Nathanael Greene titled “The Line of Splendor, A Novel of Nathanael Greene and the American Revolution.”

Major General Nathanael Greene was a Quaker with little education or military experience who rose to become one of George Washington’s best battlefield commanders and heir apparent if something happened to Washington during the war. Faced with the difficulties of quartermaster general that led to battles with the Continental Congress, his fortitude saved the Continental Army from starvation here at Valley Forge. Where other generals failed, he succeeded in commanding the Southern Army and with his brilliant strategy, drove the British from their outposts to their final surrender at Yorktown, Virginia. But what did it cost this general from Rhode Island?

Salina Baker is a multiple award-winning historical fiction author, presenter, and historian of the American Revolution. She has presented at events such as History Camp Boston and Valley Forge as well as Authors of the American Revolution Congress at Washington Crossing Historic Park. She has been interviewed on podcasts such as Revolution 250 and American Revolution Podcast. Her extensive travels and research follow the footsteps of the compelling historical people, places, and events she passionately writes about and brings to life. She has published a biographical novel about Major General Nathanael Greene titled “The Line of Splendor, A Novel of Nathanael Greene and the American Revolution.”




Register before May 7th to get discounted price of $49.99.
After May 7th the price is $54.99.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2024 • 6PM
“Forgotten Founding Fathers:Pennsylvania and Delaware in the American Revolution”
with author and historian Gene Pisasale

Join us on Tuesday, June 18th as we welcome author and historian Gene Pisasale who will be speaking about his book, “Forgotten Founding Fathers: Pennsylvania and Delaware in the American Revolution.”

This lecture explores the foundations of our republic, with a special emphasis on the key roles that ten men from Pennsylvania and Delaware played in our struggle for liberty and creation of our system of government. These individuals were active in this grand drama, framing the debates as signers of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, hands-on participants in events which helped form “a more perfect union.”

Learn about how Pennsylvania and Delaware were the building blocks for the young Republic. Founders such as Robert Morris the financier, John Dickinson the principled statesman, Thomas Fizsimons, forgotten patriot, and many, many more helped our young republic in its early hours. Delve into the background of these local founding fathers and get to know what drove them and what special gifts of theirs they used to help found our fledgling country. Get a better understanding of these Founders right before the birthday of our country.

Gene Pisasale is an historian and author who lives in Kennett Square, Pa. He’s written 11 books, conducts an ongoing lecture series and contributes a column titled “Living History” to media outlets in the Philadelphia area. Gene earned a Master’s Degree summa cum laude in American history at American Public University. He began his career as a petroleum geologist after earning a Master’s Degree in petroleum geology from The University of Texas at Austin. He later worked as an energy analyst and portfolio manager in the investment and banking industries after earning an MBA Finance from San Diego State University, the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Financial Planner (CFP) certifications. Gene has been an approved Speaker and Visiting Scholar at the Delaware Humanities Forum and has presented his lectures at numerous historical societies and venues, including Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Brandywine Battlefield Park and The Union League in Philadelphia. If your group has guest speakers, he welcomes inquiries for lecture presentations, book signings and other events.

Contact him at his website: www.GenePisasale.com




Register before June 4th to get discounted price of $49.99.
After June 4th the price is $54.99.

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