Calendar of David Library Events

Summer 2016

Kick off Independence Day Weekend by attending any of the three informative events we’re offering on  Saturday, July 2, or join us after the fireworks are over for a lecture on the evening of Thursday, July 7.

Saturday, July 2, 2016 -- 11:00 AM — “Igniting the American Revolution: The Campaign of Boston and Why History is Important,” a lecture by Derek W. Beck. The author of Igniting the American Revolution: 1773-1775 and The War Before Independence: 1775-1776 will lecture on the Boston Campaign of the American Revolution, and discuss the relevance of Revolutionary history to the modern reader.  (Reservations required.) 


Saturday, July 2, 2016 -- 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM — “18th Century Ice Cream,” an outdoor Colonial foodways demonstration by Susan McLellan Plaisted.  Food historian Susan McLellan Plaisted of Hearth to Hearth Cookery will demonstrate ice cream making in a reproduction 18th century sabotiere, using only documented 18th century flavors and recipes. This demonstration will take place outside on one of our lawns and is geared toward the whole family. (No reservations necessary)


Saturday, July 2, 2016 -  3:00 PM — “Who Thomas Jefferson Was, and Who He Wasn’t,” a lecture by Andrew Burstein, Ph. D. America’s third president and author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson remains a fixture in the culture wars of today, lauded by some, disparaged by others, and whether he was a Christian or an atheist, a liberal or a conservative are still hot-button topics of debate.  This lecture will consider Jefferson’s iconic status and ponder what the Jeffersonian legacy will look like as the 21st century progresses.  Andrew Burstein is the Charles P. Manship Professor of History at Louisiana State University, and the author of a number of books on Thomas Jefferson, including Democracy’s Muse: How Thomas Jefferson Became an FDR Liberal, a Reagan Republican, and a Tea Party Fanatic, All the While Being Dead.  (Reservations required.) 

Thursday, July 7, 2016 – 7:30 PM -- “Benjamin Franklin’s British Decades: From Royalist to Revolutionary,” a lecture by George Goodwin.  For over four fifths of his long life, Benjamin Franklin regarded himself as British and loved the years he spent in London.  George Goodwin is Honorary Author in Residence at Benjamin Franklin House in London and the author of the new book Benjamin Franklin in London: The British Life of America's Founding Father, recently named a BBC Radio 4 “Book of the Week.” This lecture will present Franklin as an American patriot who was a fiercely loyal British citizen until forces he had sought and failed to control made him a reluctant revolutionary at the age of sixty-nine.   (Reservations required.) 

Reservations for the lectures can be made by calling 215.493.6776 ext. 100, or sending an email to

All events will take place at the David Library of the American Revolution, 1201 River Road (Rt. 32), Washington Crossing, PA.