Calendar of David Library Events

Spring 2015

Danielle S. Allen, Ph. D.Tuesday, June 2, 7:30 PM - LECTURE - “'The Pursuit of Happiness': On John Adams and Egalitarianism in the Declaration of Independence,” Danielle S. Allen, Ph. D.  – Professor Allen is an American classicist and political scientist.  She is the UPS Foundation Professor at the Institute for Advanced Studies’ School of Social Science.  Her latest book, Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality, has been called “a tour de force of close textual analysis” by Gordon Wood and “a wise and rich book,” by Cornel West. In her talk at the David Library, Professor Allen will consider John Adams, who she believes played a much more significant role in the development of the Declaration of Independence than is conventionally recognized. “Among his central contributions was to provide the definitive grounding for the Declaration’s egalitarianism in the concept of ‘happiness,’” she notes, adding, “This was a move away from the slave-holding sections’ preferred commitment to ‘property.’”

Rose StampSunday, June 7, 3PM – In partnership with the Lower Makefield Historical Society, we present the 2015 LAURA PRICKETT LECTURE, “The History of Roses,” David Wolff.  On November 20, 1986, President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation proclaiming the rose as our National Floral Emblem.  This fact and many others is the basis of Rosarian David Wolff’s  illustrated presentation on the history of the rose.  Mr. Wolff, a retired mathematics teacher, is a Master Consulting Rosarian and has been a member of the Philadelphia Rose Society since 1985.  He has also been a member of the American Rose Society since 1986.  He grows roses with his wife at their home in Buckingham.

These events will take place in the Feinstone Conference Center at the David Library of the American Revolution, 1201 River Road, 1.3 miles north of the Washington Crossing Bridge.  It is necessary to make advanced reservations for all events, as seating is limited.  To do so, call 215.493.6776 ext. 100, or send an email to  David Library events are admission free.

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