Calling Alexandria History Buffs: Misconceptions About the Revolutionary War Dispelled

Gadsby's Tavern Museum hosts virtual symposium May 22

George Washington interpreter Dan Shippey at Mount Vernon. (Photo: George Washington’s Mount Vernon)

ALEXANDRIA, VA-On Saturday, May 22, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum is hosting a virtual symposium about the Revolutionary War. In preparation for the 250th anniversary of 1776, public historians share their research into a turbulent time.

Learn about the roots of the challenges and uncertainties during the early Republic period. Find out what transpired before the war began.

Hindsight Is 2020: Misconceptions of the Revolution Symposium Schedule

9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Speakers with Q&A

  • Travis Shaw – Disaffected and Dangerous Persons: Loyalist Resistance in the Mid-Atlantic
  • Vanessa Smiley – American Revolutionary War from the Bottom Up; Southern Theater Misconceptions
  • Mark Maloy – Drunk Hessians and Other Myths of the Ten Crucial Days

12 – 1 p.m. Lunch

1 – 3 p.m. Speakers with Q&A

  • John Rees – ‘They Were Good Soldiers’: African Americans in the Continental Army
  • Michael Harris – General John Sullivan and the Battle of Brandywine

3 – 4 p.m. Panel with Speakers

This event is made possible through a partnership with Emerging Revolutionary War. The group serves as a public history-oriented platform dedicated to sharing original scholarship and discussion on the American Revolution and the historical time periods that bookend the war.

The cost to attend is $40 per person, $20 for OHA members and students. Make reservations online by clicking HERE.

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