Sunday, September 29 – 3:00 PM – Thomas Jefferson’s Crème Brûlée – The author of Thomas Jefferson’s Crème Brûlée: How a Founding Father and His Slave James Hemings Introduced French Cuisine to America, will recount the deal that Thomas Jefferson struck with his slave, James Hemings (brother of Sally Hemings) in 1784. The founding father was traveling to Paris and wanted to bring James along “for a particular purpose”— namely, to master the art of French cooking. In exchange for James’s cooperation, Jefferson said he would grant James’ freedom. Thus began one of the strangest partnerships in United States history. As Hemings apprenticed under master French chefs, Jefferson studied the cultivation of French crops (especially grapes for winemaking) so that he might replicate it at Monticello. The two men returned home with such marvels as pasta, French fries, Champagne, macaroni and cheese, crème brûlée, and a host of other treats. Thomas J. Craughwell is a prolific author who writes on many subjects, predominantly on American history and Roman Catholicism. His most recent book is Pope Francis: The Pope from the End of the Earth. This lecture will be one of the scheduled events at the David Library’s annual Open House on September 29.
Thursday, October 3 – 7:30 PM – The Men Who Lost America – In his new book, The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution, and the Fate of the Empire, Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy, Ph. D. brings the human experience of the Revolutionary era to life in graceful sketches of ten British political and military leaders, shattering myths and entrenched stereotypes along the way. In his lecture at DLAR, he will reveal the talents as well as the human foibles of a rich cast of intriguing characters including America's last king. Dr. O’Shaughnessy is the Saunders Director of the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, and Professor of History at the University of Virginia. His previous book is An Empire Divided: The American Revolution and the British Caribbean.
Thursday, October 24 – 7:30 PM - President Thomas Jefferson: Politics, Parties, and Power – We are pleased to present Barbara B. Oberg, Ph. D., general editor of the Papers of Thomas Jefferson at Princeton University, in a lecture about the presidency of Thomas Jefferson. Dr. Oberg was previously the editor of the Papers of Benjamin Franklin at Yale University. She is a co-author, with Doron Ben-Atar, of Federalists Reconsidered and, with Harry S. Stout, of Benjamin Franklin, Jonathan Edwards, and the Representation of American Culture. She was the R. Stanton Avery Distinguished Fellow at the Henry E. Huntington Library in 2008-2009, and has also held fellowships from the American Philosophical Society, the Library Company of Philadelphia, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is a past president of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, the Association for Documentary Editing, and the Society for Textual Scholarship, and she currently chairs the council of the Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture and serves as a trustee of Colonial Williamsburg. Her current project is a book to be titled America in the Age of Franklin and Jefferson.
Sunday, November 17 – 3:00 PM – The First Culture War: The Presidential Election of 1796 and the Origins of American Politics – Lecturer Jeffrey L. Pasley, Ph. D. is Associate Professor of History at the University of Missouri, and the author of The First Presidential Contest: 1796 and the Founding of American Democracy. In his lecture at DLAR, he will show that the first U.S. presidential campaign was a completely unintentional affair conducted entirely by surrogates: Thomas Jefferson and especially John Adams disapproved of parties and stayed well clear of any public or private politicking, and there was nothing approaching a full party organization on either side. Yet the first contest still set a number of permanent patterns and recurring themes in American politics. One of the most striking was the beginnings of the characteristic way that American political opponents attack each other, originating with the French Revolution, as did the very terms “Left” and “Right.” Both parties strove to convince American voters that the opposing presidential candidate did not share their most fundamental values, be they conservative Christians in New England or radical workers on the streets of Philadelphia and New York. Liberals painted John Adams as an imperious aristocrat who disdained the common people and longed for monarchy. They tore apart his voluminous writings for out-of-context quotations celebrating social hierarchy, and then spread the word of these Adams "gaffes" far and wide. The "Right" in the meantime, attacked Thomas Jefferson as a nutty professor with a terminal case of radical chic. Federalists lampooned Jefferson's interest in science and technology and derided his progressive views as dangerous, naive theories, and called him a diplomatic lightweight.
Sunday, December 8 – 3:00 PM - Agrarian Founders: Shays', Whiskey, and Fries’ Rebels and the Future of the Republic - In the aftermath of the American Revolution, three very different groups of American agrarians -- Yankee Yeomen, Ohio Valley Scots-Irish, and Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania Dutch -- continued the struggle to define the Revolution and their future in the American republican experiment. Shays' Rebellion of 1786-87, the Whiskey Rebellion of 1791-1794, and Fries' Rebellion of 1798-99 have their differences for sure, but the striking similarities in grievances, tactics, and goals in spite of those differences reveal an agrarian intention for the founding of republican governments in America and their own futures as citizen-farmers. Although American Agrarianism has long since faded from prominence, the ideals and arguments espoused by these so-called rebels continue to dominate our political discourse more than two centuries later. We owe it to ourselves to listen to them and to understand their role in our founding. Lecturer Paul Douglas Newman, Ph. D. is Professor of History and Assistant Vice-President for Academic Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown where he has taught for 19 years. He is author of Fries Rebellion: The Enduring Struggle for the American Revolution. He was the winner of the 2008 History Channel "Teacher of the Year Award," and is a former editor of Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies.
David Library lectures are admission free, but reservations are required. Call (215)493-2233 ext. 100 or email email@example.com. Lectures are held in the Feinstone Conference Center at the David Library, located at 1201 River Road (Rt. 32) in Washington Crossing, PA, 1.3 mi. from the Washington Crossing Bridge.
Sunday, September 29 - 10:00 AM – to 6 PM – Our Annual Open House! Get to know the David Library of the American Revolution. Drop in. Explore the stacks. Meet the staff. See some treasures from the Sol Feinstone Collection and artwork commissioned for books on historical subjects. Attend one of our scheduled events:
11 AM – 12:45 Screening of the movie Benedict Arnold: A Question of Honor starring Aidan Quinn and Kelsey Grammar.
Noon Gallery chat and exhibition of military artifacts from the collection of Charles Thayer, Ph. D., Emeritus Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania.
1:30 – 2:15 Book Chat. Jim Piecuch, Ph.D. discusses his latest book, “Light Horse Harry” Lee in the War For Independence.
3 PM Lecture - Thomas Jefferson’s Crème Brûlée by Thomas J. Craughwell (see full description above. Reservation required).
Sunday, September 22 – 3 PM - The David Library will partner with the Lower Makefield Historical Society in presenting Grace Kelly: American Princess, a program by actor/historian/educator Jo Ann Tufo. Just the thing to whet your appetite for the major exhibit, “From Philadelphia to Monaco: GRACE KELLY Beyond the Icon” scheduled to open at the Michener Museum on October 28! Ms. Tufo, who presents programs around the country about interesting women in American cultural life, will present the story of Grace Kelly from her early upbringing in the East Falls neighborhood of Philadelphia to her meteoric rise to fame in Hollywood and the fairy tale romance that made her Princess of Monaco.
Sunday, October 27 – 2PM - For the second time, the David Library is proud to partner with the Lower Makefield Historical Society in presenting the Annual Laura Prickett Lecture on Decorative Arts. This year’s Laura Prickett Lecturer is Carol Borchert Cadou, Robert H. Smith Senior Curator and Vice President for Collections at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. In her lecture, Behind the Curtain: Understanding George Washington Through His Private Residences, Ms. Cadou will explain how we can know the First President of the United States through Mount Vernon and the decorative arts he acquired there and at his presidential residences.
Wednesday, November 13 – 7:30 PM - In collaboration with the Delaware River Greenway Partnership, we will present a lecture, War on the River: the Continental Navy on the Delaware by Tim McGrath, author of John Barry: An American Hero in the Age of Sail. This is the first of two lectures DLAR and the Delaware River Greenway Partnership will present on the cultural and environmental history of the Delaware River. Journalist and author Bruce Stutz, author of Natural Lives, Modern Times: People and Places of the Delaware River will be the featured speaker on Earth Day, April 22, 2014.
These events are also admission free. Reservations are required for the September 22, October 17 and October 27 events, but not for the Open House on September 29. Call (215)493-2233 ext. 100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make a reservation. These events will also be held in the Feinstone Conference Center on the campus of the David Library, 1201 River Road (Rt. 32) in Washington Crossing, PA.