Lectures & Events

A complete Spring 2019 David Library Lecture Series will be announced shortly, but in the meantime, we are happy to announce the following events, including a “stand alone” Winter 2019 David Library Lecture by James J. Gigantino II, and three programs co-presented with the Friends of the Delaware Canal and the Lower Makefield Historical Society.  For reservations to any of these events, please email rsvp@dlar.org, or call 215.493.6776 ext. 100.

Wednesday, February 6 at 7:30 PM – “Governor William Livingston and the Crossroads of the American Revolution.” Pulling from his new book, William Livingston's American Revolution, James J. Gigantino II will explore how New Jersey's first governor managed a state government on the war's front lines. A wartime bureaucrat, Livingston played a pivotal role in a pivotal place, prosecuting the war on a daily basis for eight years. Such second-tier founding fathers as Livingston were the ones who actually administered the war and guided the day-to-day operations of revolutionary-era governments, serving as the principal conduits between the local wartime situation and the national demands placed on the states. Jim Gigantino serves as an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of History at the University of Arkansas.  An early American historian who specializes in revolutionary America and the history of slavery, he is the author of The Ragged Road to Abolition:  Slavery and Freedom in New Jersey, 1775-1865.  He was a David Library Fellow in the summer of 2011.

Saturday, March 30 at 3:00 PM - "Worth a Thousand Words: the Delaware Canal in Photos Old and New."  Join Susan Taylor, Executive Director of the Friends of the Delaware Canal to look at some great pictures of our beloved Delaware Canal. The Friends of the Delaware Canal is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration, preservation and improvement of the Canal and its surroundings. FODC ensures that the Canal is fully watered from Easton to Bristol, and that the towpath trail is usable over its entire length. The Delaware Canal is a unique link to local history, and a beautiful   and diverse natural resource.  This program is a co-presentation of the David Library and the Friends of the Delaware Canal.

Sunday, March 31 at 3:00 PM – “The Lady Was a Spy,” a Women’s History Month presentation by Linda De Roche, Ph. D.  Throughout World War II, a group of fearless and committed patriots risked their lives to achieve victory in Europe.  They were the women of Britain’s SOE (Special Operations Executive) and the United States’ OSS (Office of Strategic Services).  Women such as Virginia Hall, considered America’s greatest female spy, and Christine Granville, Churchill’s favorite spy, were crucial to the war effort, yet their stories as well as others’ have only recently been revealed.  This program focuses on the lives and experiences of these brave women, many of whom died in completing their missions, to highlight their unconventional contributions to victory in World War II.  Dr. De Roche is Professor of English and American Studies at Wesley College in Dover, Delaware.  She is currently working on a biography of the woman aviator Mrs. Victor Bruce.  This program is a co-presentation of the David Library and the Lower Makefield Historical Society.  

Sunday, April 28 at 3:00 PM – “A Pre-Revolutionary Picture of Lower Makefield Township," a lecture by Helen Heinz, Ph. D. Dr. Heinz is a past president of the Lower Makefield Township Historic Commission and the Lower Makefield Historical Society.  She received her Ph. D. from Temple University and has taught at Temple, Philadelphia University and St. Charles Borremeo Seminary.   A resident of  Lower Makefield Township since 1984, she will share her research on the area’s earliest settlers. This program is a co-presentation of the David Library and the Lower Makefield Historical Society.