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The Muster Roll

Friends Speaker Series

Sponsored by the Sherrin H. and Bruce A. Baky Foundation

As part of the Friends mission to provide interesting and compelling programming for the public, the annual Speaker Series is held in cooperation with the Washington Memorial Chapel. This series, which runs from October through May, gathers an array of historians, scientists, authors, archeologists, actors and performers to share with the public their multiple points of view on history, the natural world and the ongoing commemoration of Valley Forge.

October to April presentations are free and held at Washington Memorial Chapel, on Route 23 in Valley Forge, on Tuesdays at 7 pm. The May presentation will be held in the theater at Valley Forge. A complimentary reception follows each talk.

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Advance tickets required. Tickets can be purchased online as of March 1, 2016.
Free Admission for Friends Members and WMC Heritage Donors.
Non-members: $20/person
Reporting the Revolutionary War

As the only mass media during the American Revolution, newspapers fanned the flames of rebellion, sustained loyalty to the cause and ultimately aided in the outcome. Dr. Benjamin Rush wrote in 1781 that a newspaper “in the present state of affairs would be equal to at least two regiments.” David Ramsay, who twice served as a delegate in the Continental Congress, wrote that “in establishing American independence, the pen and the press had merit equal to that of the sword.” This presentation explores eighteenth-century journalism, reportage of specific events and battles, and helps participants realize what many historians claim: Without newspapers, there would have been no American Revolution.

About the Speaker

Todd Andrlik

Todd Andrlik is the primary author and editor of Reporting the Revolutionary War: Before It Was History, It Was News (Sourcebooks, 2012), named one of the Best Books of 2012 by Barnes & Noble, and Best American Revolution Book of the Year by the New York American Revolution Round Table. Featuring hundreds of newspaper images and analysis from dozens of historians, Reporting the Revolutionary War is a one-of-a-kind single volume that lets readers experience the American Revolution the way the colonists did—as it unfolded in their very own town newspapers. “This is 'you are there' history at its best,” according to American History magazine. Andrlik is also founder and editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Revolution, an online magazine with more than 100 writers and 185,000 monthly readers. The Journal also produces annual printed volumes of its most resourceful articles as well as a nonfiction book series dedicated to new research about the American Revolution. A full-time marketing and media professional, Andrlik has written or ghost-written thousands of published articles on various business topics. His history-related work has been featured by CNN, NPR, TIME, Mount Vernon, Smithsonian, and many others.

FREE ADMISSION for Friends of Valley Forge Park
and Washington Memorial Heritage members

INDIVIDUAL membership – free admission for 1 person
FAMILY and higher levels – free admission for 2 persons

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Non-Members and additional tickets: $20 per person

Based on theater capacity, tickets must be acquired in advance.

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Payments by mail must be received by 4/23/2016.

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