Book Signings Thanksgiving Weekend!
Friday, November 23 – 11 am – 2 pm
Bob Drury, author of the recently published “Valley Forge”, will be signing books in The Encampment Store gift shop from 11 am – 2 pm with 30-minute presentations at 12 & 1 pm in the Visitor Center’s museum gallery.
“Valley Forge” brings together an illustrious cast of characters highlighted by Washington’s closest aides Alexander Hamilton, the Marquis de Lafayette, and John Laurens – astonishingly, each barely out of their teens. Also playing key roles in the narrative are Martha Washington and the American Generals “Mad Anthony” Wayne, Nathanael Greene, and Benedict Arnold; the Falstaffian Baron Friedrich von Steuben and the imperious Count Casimir Pulaski; the Founding Fathers Patrick Henry, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and John Hancock – the latter two deeply suspicious of what they viewed as Gen. Washington’s autocratic motives; and last but not least a common soldiery from whose desperate ranks emerged the future President James Monroe, the future Chief Justice of the United States John Marshall, the storied water carrier Molly Pitcher, and the dashing cavalry officer “Light Horse” Harry Lee, destined to father the son who nearly a century later would surrender his sword to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse.
With its laser focus on the military machinations and political intrigue hanging over the humble military cantonment in the Valley of the Forges as well as the significant events and battles that immediately preceded and succeeded it – not least the climactic and war-altering Battle of Monmouth Court House – “Valley Forge” provides a perspective on Washington and the Revolutionary War too often if not completely overlooked.
Saturday, November 24 – 11 am – 2 pm
Jeff Finegan, author of the I Knew George Washington children’s book series, will sign books from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 24 at The Encampment Store at Valley Forge.
A collector of George Washington manuscripts as well as other important early American documents, Jeff has gained a reputation as a noted speaker on the topic of the nation’s first president through his three books on the topic; Colonel Washington and Me, ‘Tis Well . . . The Life and Death of George Washington, and My Dear General – The Extraordinary Relationship between George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette. The creator of the “I knew George Washington” Series, he is a member of the Washington Association of New Jersey, the American Friends of Lafayette, and is an honorary member of the Association of the United States Army.