Spring Lecture Series

Our 2017 Spring Lecture Series commemorates the 240th anniversary of the Philadelphia Campaign of 1777. We'll be covering some fascinating topics that span the entire campaign.


The lectures are a great way to get ready for our new exhibition opening on April 19 in the Barn Visitors Center that examines the impact of the Battle of Brandywine on the Chadds Ford community. 


Admission to the lectures is free for all CFHS members and $5 for non-members. All tickets are at the door; no advance ticketing is available. 


Lectures are held in the CFHS Barn Visitors Center at 1736 Creek Road (Rt. 100), Chadds Ford, PA 19317. 


Please note that all lectures are on Wednesday evenings with the exception of Thursday, April 6, 2017. 

Wednesday, March 22, 7:00 p.m.


To The Last Extremity: Fort Mifflin's Valiant Stand, Elizabeth Beatty


Join Elizabeth Beatty, Executive Director of Fort Mifflin, as she tells the story of the Fort that saved America! Following a five week siege in the fall of 1777, the British ultimately surrounded the fort on three sides and unleashed the greatest bombardment of the American Revolution.

Wednesday, March 29, 7:00 p.m.


The Battle of Brandywine, Mike Harris


Mike Harris, author of Brandywine: A Military History of the Battle that Lost Philadelphia but Saved America, September 11, 1777, will discuss the Revolution's longest single day battle that engaged more troops than any other.

Thursday, April 6, 7:00 p.m.


Remember Paoli!, Jim Christ


The Battle of Paoli, also called “The Paoli Massacre,” unfolded at midnight on September 20 to 21, 1777. After General George Washington’s defeat at Brandywine on September 11th, his forces retreated toward Philadelphia to regroup, and he ordered General Anthony Wayne to harass the British. But the attempt failed, and the result was the 9th deadliest battle in the American Revolutionary War. Jim Christ is the vice-president of the Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund. 

Wednesday, April 12, 7:00 p.m.


Present But Not Accounted For: Women at the 1777-1778 Valley Forge Encampment,

Dr. Nancy Loane


Over 400 women camped at Valley Forge during the winter of 1777-78. Dr. Loane's presentation will introduce you to the women who traveled with the Continental Army, those with Washington’s military family, and the wives of the officers, such as Martha Washington, Lucy Knox, and Catharine Greene. Through the women at camp, you'll discover a Valley Forge encampment that you never knew existed.