Members - Photographs of the Spring meeting are now available on the Members Only side of the web site.
Tom Fleming (1927 – 2017) – “We are all saddened to learn of Tom's death. Our association and friendship with Tom and Alice have enriched both ourselves and our One Society of Friends. Tom has always been honored to be a member of our Society and a great supporter.” These words from John O’Malley, President of the New York State Society of the Cincinnati. Tom, a prolific author and Historian was a frequent and well-loved speaker at our Society meetings. He spoke with great passion and excitement. The author of over forty nonfiction and fiction titles with particular interest on the American Revolutionary and the subsequent founding of our country. He will be missed but never forgotten..
Museum of the American Revolution – Amid great pomp and circumstance, the Museum of the American Revolution was opened for visitors on April 17, 2017 in Philadelphia. David McCullough and former Vice President Joe Biden were just two of the dignitaries participating in the Patriotic opening. Sidney James Harcourt from the Hamilton Musical and students of the High School for the Creative and Performing Arts sang songs from the Broadway Musical. The Philadelphia Boys Choir wrapped up the program with several patriot songs. It was a very special event. To watch the opening, see the attached link from CSPAN: Link.
The 100 Best Books about the American Revolution – Ever find yourself in a new or used book store looking through the section on American History? Does it seem like there are more books on the shelves than you remember a year or two ago? If so, you are right, titles that have to do with American Revolution and Founding are on the rise. To help you select a good book, check out the website below for a title that piques your interest. (Editor note: Of those books listed I’ve read five; only 95 to go. Enjoy!) , Link
New Book, “Valiant Ambition” by Nathaniel Philbrick - A surprising account of the middle years of the American Revolution, and the tragic relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold. Valiant Ambition is a complex, controversial, and dramatic portrait of a people in crisis and the war that gave birth to a nation. The focus is on loyalty and personal integrity, evoking a Shakespearean tragedy that unfolds in the key relationship of Washington and Arnold, who is an impulsive but sympathetic hero whose misfortunes at the hands of self-serving politicians fatally destroy his faith in the legitimacy of the rebellion. As a country wary of tyrants suddenly must figure out how it should be led, Washington’s unmatched ability to rise above the petty politics of his time enables him to win the war that really matters. Link
New Hamilton Book “Alexander Hamilton, the Illustrated Biography” by Dick Sylla - The interest in the Hamilton Musical is part of the reason for more books on this topic. One new book out there is by Dick Sylla, a Hamilton Scholar, the chairman of the Museum of American Finance and professor emeritus of economics at New York University’s Stern School of Business, where he served as the Henry Kaufman professor of the history of financial institutions and markets for 25 years. This richly illustrated biography (250 pages with an illustration on nearly every page) portrays Alexander Hamilton’s fascinating life alongside his key contributions to American History. Sylla masterfully brings the flesh-and-blood man – student, soldier, lawyer, political scientist, finance minister, and politician – to life and reveals captivating details of his ancestry, close friends, marriage, in-laws, children, personal tragedies, alliances, enemies, and of course his infamous demise at the hands of Vice President Aaron Burr. Link