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August 2022

Author’s Talk – The Habsburg Monarchy and the American Revolution

August 16, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008 United States
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During the Revolutionary War, the Habsburg monarchy, the largest continental European power of the eighteenth century, never formally recognized the United States, but its ruling and mercantile elites saw opportunity, especially for commerce. Bringing together materials from nearly fifty international archives, Jonathan Singerton of the University of Innsbruck reconstructs the full sweep of relations between the nascent United States and one of the oldest European dynasties during and after the American Revolution and offers a reexamination of the Revolution by…

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Lunch Bite – The Patriot’s Monitor

August 19, 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008 United States
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Director of Education Stacia Smith discusses The Patriot’s Monitor, an early American primer published in 1810. This textbook contains content “Designed to Impress and Perpetuate the First Principles of the Revolution on the Minds of Youth; Together with Some Pieces Important and Interesting Adapted for the Use of Schools.” This Lunch Bite will explore the history of this teaching aid and its relevance in the modern classroom. This presentation will be held in our research library and last approximately 30…

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Lecture – “To Have The Bed Made”: Invisible Labor and the Material Culture of Nursing in the Revolutionary War

August 25, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008 United States
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In this lecture, historian Meg Roberts sheds light on the labor of the Revolutionary War’s caregivers. Alongside the surgeons and physicians, the medical care of the thousands of sick and wounded Continental soldiers relied upon the tireless work of army nurses, camp followers, housewives, cooks, laundresses and local families. In contrast to the voluminous records of soldiers’ and military leaders’ wartime experiences, the contribution of women has often been summarized fleetingly with three verbs: washing, cooking and nursing. The rich…

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September 2022

Dinner and Lecture – The Battles of Kings Mountain and Cowpens: The American Revolution in the Southern Backcountry

September 30, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
1881 Event Hall, 805 Spartan Blvd.
Spartanburg, SC 29301 United States
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The southern backcountry was the center of the fight for independence, but backcountry devotion to the patriot cause was slow in coming. Decades of animosity between coastal elites and backcountry settlers who did not enjoy accurate representation in the assemblies meant a complex political and social milieu throughout the turbulent time. While examining the political, social, and military history of the southern backcountry, Dr. Melissa Walker, professor emerita of history at Converse College, discusses the events that led to the…

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October 2022

Battlefield Tour – The Battles of Kings Mountain and Cowpens

October 1, 2022 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
1881 Event Hall, 805 Spartan Blvd.
Spartanburg, SC 29301 United States
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Join us in Spartanburg, S.C., to explore the battles of Kings Mountain and Cowpens. This is a two-day experience that includes a buffet dinner and lecture at the 1881 Event Hall in Spartanburg, S.C., and a lecture given by Dr. Melissa Walker, professor emerita of history at Converse College, discussing the social, political, and military history of the southern backcountry that led to the battles of Kings Mountain and Cowpens. Accompanying the dinner and lecture, guided tours of Kings Mountain…

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