Dine with Jon Kukla, historian and popular author of several Book-of-the-Month Club selections. His new book, Patrick Henry: Champion of Liberty, is described as a "lively biography," and this promises to be a lively night. While Patrick Henry is best known today as an impassioned orator, he was also an attorney, statesman, society man – and more. The evening includes a buffet dinner, enlightening lecture, and stimulating conversation. Don't miss this!
$45 per person
Advance Registration Required by 2/28
Catering provided by Valley Forge Catering Company and includes choice of entrée with garden salad and vegetables, mini desserts, and non-alcoholic beverages.
About the Speaker
A native of Wisconsin, Jon Kukla did his undergraduate work at Carthage College and accepted his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, where he focused on American, British, and Canadian history. Kukla directed research and publishing at the Library of Virginia in the 1970s and 80s, directed the Historic New Orleans Collection in the 1990s; and from 2000 to 2007 directed Red Hill – The Patrick Henry National Memorial in Charlotte County, Virginia.
Kukla's recent books, Mr. Jefferson's Women (Knopf 2007) and A Wilderness So Immense: The Louisiana Purchase and the Destiny of America (Knopf 2003) embody his personal goal of writing first-rate historical scholarship for a general readership – books, as one scholar put it, "that working historians have to read and the general public wants to read." Both were Book-of-the-Month and History Book Club selections. "Order and Chaos in Early America" (American Historical Review, 1985) is the most prominent of Kukla's many contributions to the major historical journals.
Kukla's new book, Patrick Henry: Champion of Liberty, is a comprehensive biography that illuminates both Henry's and Virginia's prominence in the American Revolution and the founding of the Republic. Kukla has enjoyed research fellowships at the British Museum, the Virginia Historical Society, and the International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello. He has been a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians, and in 2006 was elected into membership in the prestigious American Antiquarian Society. He lives and writes in Richmond.
Valley Forge Park Alliance Speaker Series
As part of the Alliance’s mission to provide interesting and compelling programming for the public, the annual Speaker Series is held in cooperation with the Washington Memorial Chapel. This series gathers an array of historians, scientists, authors, archeologists, actors and performers to share with the public their multiple points of view on history, the natural world and the ongoing commemoration of Valley Forge.What's Nearby
Dinner with History - Patrick Henry: Champion of Liberty
- Rt 23
- Valley Forge, PA 19481
- Washington Memorial Chapel