Image courtesy of Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

November Meeting of the American Revolution Round Table of the District of Columbia

If you live in, or plan to visit, the Washington, DC, area the first week of November, you are invited to the American Revolution Round Table of the District of Columbia program for Wednesday, 5 November. 

Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 5, 2014, at 6 p.m.  The program is entitled, "The American Revolution: A Historical Guidebook " and will be presented by Ms. Frances H. Kennedy.  She will provide an overview of this recently published work (2014 by Oxford University Press) which she edited. The book guides general readers, students, and travelers to 147 historic places in twenty states. The places, are addressed in general chronological order, and are drawn from the National Park Service "Report to Congress on the Historic Preservation of Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Sites in the United States." 

Frances H. Kennedy is a conservationist, historic preservationist and historian. Her other books include The Civil War Battlefield Guide, American Indian Places.and
Dollars & Sense of Battlefield Preservation: The Economic Benefits of Protecting Civil War Battlefields: A Handbook for Community Leaders

See: for more information.

The ARRT of DC meets at the Fort Myer (Arlington, VA) Officers Club on the first Wednesday of September, November, March and May, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. For more information on attending the program, or the ARRT of DC in general, go to our web page at ; OR, send me an e-mail off-list to; or call: (703) 360-9712; or write: ARRT DC, PO Box 137, Mount Vernon, VA 22121.

Video: Re-enactment of the Non-Violent Worcester Revolution of 1774

Mel Bernstein, one of the driving forces behind the Worcester Revolution Commemoration, sent us the link to a seven-minute video of the gauntlet walk titled, "Re-enactment of the Non-Violent Worcester Revolution of 1774, September 7, 2014." It gives an upfront view of what was going on at the Commemoration.

Thanks, Mel!

American Revolution Conference Registration Now Open at MHS

American Revolution Conference 2015

Infusing new energy into the study of the American Revolution will be at the top of the agenda next April when the Massachusetts Historical Society hosts a major scholarly conference. "So Sudden an Alteration: The Causes, Course, and Consequences of the American Revolution" will take place at the MHS 9 to 11 April. The program will pay special attention to new ways to understand the political roots and consequences of the crisis.

The conference will feature a keynote address by Abigail Adams author Woody Holton, "'Not Yet': The Originality Crisis in American Revolution Studies." It will also include nine sessions, a proposal by Brendan McConville of Boston University offering a new approach to thinking about the conflict, and a wrap-up discussion. The program will provide an introduction to Annotated Newspapers of Harbottle Dorr, Jr. and offer a visit to the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library.

Presenters will not read their papers at the conference; instead, sessions will focus on the discussion of academic essays circulated in advance of the event. Support for the conference includes grants from the David Library of the American Revolution, Boston University, and Williams College, as well as a gift from an anonymous donor. To register, please visit

2015 Meeting Dates and Speakers

The "Meetings" tab at the top of the page has been updated with a listing of our 2015 meeting dates and associated speakers.

November 2014 Meeting Speaker Change

The co-award winner for our first book prize, Mark R. Anderson, will be speaking at our next meeting. His topic is “The Battle for the Fourteenth Colony: America’s War of Liberation in Canada, 1774 – 1776.”

Dennis Farmer will be speaking instead at our January 2015 meeting.