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Upcoming symposium at The Lyceum to discuss global impact of Revolutionary War

Alexandria has been a hangout for revolutionaries going back hundreds of years.

On Saturday, September 24, the Office of Historic Alexandria (OHA) and Emerging Revolutionary War will host a Revolutionary War symposium  discussing how the outcome of the war (fought between 1775 and 1783) transformed governments around the world.

The theme for the event is “The World Turned Upside: The American Revolution’s Impact on a Global Scale.”

“The American Revolution created waves across the world with its lasting impacts felt even today,” the OHA said in a release. “As we approach the upcoming 250th anniversary of our nation, examining our American Experiment is key.”

The event will be held at the Alexandria History Museum at The Lyceum (201 S. Washington Street). Tickets are $60 per person, $50 for OHA members and students, and $30 to attend virtually.

The Alexandria Lyceum (Staff photo by Airey)

As George Washington put it: “A primary object should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?”

The schedule for the event is below.

  • 8:30 a.m. — Coffee & Light Breakfast at the Alexandria History Museum at the Lyceum
  • 9 a.m. — Speakers
  • 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. — Lunch on your own in Old Town Alexandria
  • 1:30 p.m. — Speakers
  • 5 – 7 p.m. — Happy Hour at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum (134 N. Royal Street)

Speakers

  • Dr. Lindsay Chervinsky: “Peace and Inviolable Faith with All Nations: John Adams, Independence, and the Quest for Neutrality”
  • Norman Desmarais: “Reevaluating Our French Allies: A New Look at Popular Assumptions of the French Army through the Diary of Count de Lauberdiere”
  • Kate Gruber: “A Retrospective Revolution: England’s Long 17th Century and the Coming of Revolution in Virginia”
  • Scott Stroh: “George Mason’s Declaration of Rights and Their Global Impact”
  • Eric Sterner: “Britain, Russia, and the American War”