Crossing the Delaware 2019

For me this year’s crossing at McConkey’s Ferry was special.  I have done the Crossing many times but always as an infantryman.  This year, several of the 14th Continental Regiment failed to show, and the organizers asked for volunteers to join Col Glover’s famed Marbleheaders.  I stepped up and was a rower, ferrying the army …

Bring Documents to your Reenactments!

Today Americans boast a whoppingly deplorable literacy rate of about 86% depending on how you measure literacy.  Compare this to Colonial New England where, discounting slaves, women, indentured servants, and indians, in a time when books, newpapers, and magazines were largely unobtainable, the literacy rate was almost 60%*.  Today with telephones, television, radio, and various …

You are Invited to 12th Night at Pottsgrove Manor!

What is Twelfth Night? In the 18th Century, the coming of December meant short days and long winter nights. Colonist to America brought traditions that had been long cherished as a means of bringing light and gaiety to an otherwise drab time of the year. The six weeks from early December (Advent) to the sixth …

Despite Today’s Politics, the Turkey was Never Considered as Our National Symbol

There is a myth that the turkey almost came to represent the United States. The story goes that after the Declaration of Independence was signed, Congress asked Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams to design a seal for our new nation. Since many of the Germanic nations, incorporate eagles into their pageantry, the eagle …

ANNOUNCEMENT!

Its Official! We are doing a Jeffersonian Dinner at Fort Mifflin. Saturday, February 22, 20206 p.m. Casual Conversation7 p.m. Dinner & Program Tickets limited to assure a meaningful experience. Must be purchased in advance. http://www.FortMifflin.us What is a Jeffersonian Dinner? The tradition of Jeffersonian Dinners began at Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, in the …

Its not about Winning, Its about Building the Republic!

Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you Pericles We often celebrate the politicians, men who through their eloquence and passion seek to incite people to join our causes.  Men like Samuel Adams and Benjamin Franklin were certainly important to the cause of Liberty …