Wow, we are having our first in-person meeting in almost two years! Please join us on Tuesday, September 27, at 6 pm for social hour and 6:30 pm for dinner at the Mount Vernon Inn. Please complete the dinner meeting reservation form ( see column at right) and email or mail it to John McConnell, as indicated in the attached form. We are keeping the fee at $35 per person. (Please wear a mask to the meeting if you are concerned about catching Covid-19 or do not attend.)
Our guest speaker will be David O. Stewart, formerly a Washington, D.C. attorney, who has authored five American history books, notably the best-selling The Summer of 1787, The Men Who Invented the Constitution (Simon & Schuster, 2008). He will be speaking to us on two of his recent books:
George Washington: The Political Rise of America’s Founding Father (Dutton Books, 2021). The Wall Street Journal writes that Stewart’s book is “an outstanding biography that both avoids hagiography and acknowledges the greatness of Washington’s character . . . . Mr. Stewart’s writing is clear, often superlative, his judgments are nuanced, and the whole has a narrative drive such a life deserves.” Nathaniel Philbrick writes of it, “An important new portrait of our first president. As Stewart demonstrates time and time again, with vivid prose and a wonderful sense of pacing, great leaders are also great learners.” This book won the 2022 Book Award of the Colonial Dames of America, the History Prize of the Society of the Cincinnati of New Jersey, and the George Washington Memorial Award of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association, was a finalist for Mount Vernon’s George Washington Prize, and was featured at the 2021 National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. To purchase this book prior to our meeting, go to: Amazon.com: George Washington: The Political Rise of America's Founding Father (Audible Audio Edition): David O. Stewart, Arthur Morey, Penguin Audio: Audible Books & Originals
Stewart is also the author of a new historical fiction series. His first book of a three-part series is The New Land, The Overstreet Saga, Book One (Permuted Press, 2021). The book’s promo provides: “Seeking a new life, the Oberstrasse family reaches the wild Maine coast in 1753. The American frontier teems with swindlers, hostile French and Indians, killing diseases and bone-cracking cold. Renaming himself Overstreet, Johann tries to put aside his soldiering past. But even an ocean cannot protect the Overstreets. War follows them, first the French and Indian War, then the fierce fight for independence.” To purchase this book prior to the meeting, go to: The New Land: Stewart, David O.: 9781637580806: Amazon.com: Books
If you are interested in attending remotely, please let me know. We are also going to attempt to have a live Zoom presentation of David’s lecture.
Join fellow Round Table member Rob Orrison and the Emerging Revolutionary War Symposium on September 24, 2022. Emerging Revolutionary War is excited to continue their partnership with Gadsby’s Tavern Museum and The Lyceum of Alexandria, VA to bring to you a day-long Symposium focusing on the American Revolution.
The theme for 2022 is “The World
Turned Upside: The American Revolution’s Impact on a Global Scale. The American
Revolution created waves across the world with its lasting impacts felt even
today. This symposium will study the effects of this revolution that
transformed governments and the governed across the globe. For more details see the tab entitled "Symposium"
Thanks to Jim
R. Mc Intyre for his superb presentation on his latest book, A Most Gallant
Resistance: The Delaware River Campaign, September-November 1777 .
It is that time of year again—to renew your membership in the George Washington American Revolution Round Table of the District of Columbia. Our finances remain humble, so we really need your support. Please fill out the form (on the right of the webpage) and return it with a check to our Treasurer, John McConnell, whose address is listed therein.
Since last July 1, we have hosted nine (9) Zoom lectures; there have been some great meetings. We have also begun paying our speakers a fee of $50, so that is another reason we need your support.
Before our next meeting later in July (more on that in a follow-up email), we will have an election of officers and other important matters. As a reminder, only members can vote. If you wish to be nominated for the posts of President, Vice-President, Treasurer or Secretary, or Board of Advisory member, please let me know.
If you live in or plan to visit the Washington, DC area, you are cordially invited to attend the next meeting of the ARRT-DC.
Come and meet others who share an interest in the American Revolution to enjoy fellowship and lively discussions over dinner, followed by an exciting presentation on some aspect of America's colonial, revolutionary or early national past. Our speakers are experts in their fields, and include professional as well as avocational historians and archeologists, many of whom are also published authors in the subjects about which they speak.
"Conversation should be pleasant
without scurrility, witty without affectation, free without indecency,
learned without conceitedness, novel without falsehood." ~William Shakespeare
ARRT-DC meetings are held on the first Wednesday of March, April, May, September, October and November.
We issue an e-mail each month informing you of the scheduled speaker at the upcoming meeting and describing local American Revolution lectures and other events you could attend that month.
If you want to attend a meeting, receive the monthly newsletter/bulletin, and/or join our group, please send an e-mail to President Christian McBurney at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com and Vice President Richard Rankin at Brandywinecreek@aol.com or Secretary Doug Bonforte at @firstname.lastname@example.org.
We meet in the very appropriate setting of the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Alexandria VA 22309 just steps away from George Washington's fabled home.
Please park in the main car parking lot. The restaurant is located across the street to the right.
The hostess will show you to the reserved room where our members meet and socialize, with cash bar, until the meal is served.
Meetings usually start at 6:00 p.m. Upon your arrival, please tell one of the attendees that you are a guest and would like to meet one of the Club Officers.
Meetings include a reasonably priced dinner from the Inn's banquet menu, which includes soup or salad, main course, beverage, dessert and gratuity.
Your RSVP allows us to reserve the necessary number of places, and address if you have special dietary considerations. We ask that you RSVP and pay in advance. However, we can accommodate some who will pay at the door by special arrangement via e-mail, up until 24 hours before the meeting.
If you are interested in attending only the guest speaker's presentation before deciding to join, we request a $5.00 donation.
Please advise ARRT-DC by e-mail in advance (see above) if you plan to attend. We request you arrive NLT 6:45 pm and stand by the door to the meeting room. A Club Officer will greet and seat you.
Speaker presentations begin at about 7:00 p.m.
The meeting concludes at about 8:15 p.m.
Yearly dues are $25.00, payable in September.