Wednesday, March 12, 2014

On the Road This Spring (2014)

Derry Presbyterian Church 18th c. Session House
I am looking forward to a few speaking gigs this Spring.  If you are in the area stop by and say hello:
  • The Spring schedule begins in Chicago where I will be attending my final board meeting of the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts.
  • On April 3 and 4 I will be in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania giving an evening lecture (April 3) on Pennsylvania Presbyterians and the American Revolution at Geneva College and teaching Was America Founded as a Christian Nation? in Greg Jones's American history classes. The evening lecture is open to the public.
  • I head to Atlanta on April 10-13 for the annual meeting of the Organization of American History where I will be sitting on a panel titled "Is Blogging Scholarship?"
  • The following week I head over to Lancaster, PA to give a public lecture at the Lancaster County Historical Society: "Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?"  This is open to the public.
  • On May 4 I be speaking in a Sunday morning issues class at the Derry Presbyterian Church in Hershey, PA on the place of Presbyterians in the American Revolution.  On the church property you will find an eighteenth-century "session building" which may be the oldest log structure in Pennsylvania.  See the picture above.  It is also worth noting that this building was encased in glass by Milton Hershey.  The talk is open to the public.
  • After commencement exercises at Messiah College I will be making a two-day trip to the northeast.  I will be discussing The Way of Improvement Leads Home and the life of Philip Vickers Fithian with the American Revolutionary War Roundtable of Bergen County on the evening of May 27 and then will be heading up to Beantown to deliver the commencement address at Boston Trinity Academy.
I have once again been distracted from my Presbyterians and the American Revolution manuscript by what I believe to be two worthwhile book projects.  More on these later, but I will be spending most of the summer conducting research related to these projects.  Stay tuned.