Volume LIIIAugust 2006Number 3

Special Lectures at the Masonic Temple
by Andrew Zellers-Frederick, Executive Director for The Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania

The Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania is pleased and proud to host two wonderful historical presentations this fall as part of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council's 2006-2007 Commonwealth Speakers Program. On Tuesday, Oct. 31, at 7 p.m., we will have a Halloween treat when American Revolutionary War General Friedrich Wilhelm August Baron von Steuben visits the Masonic Temple for An Evening with the Baron. Co-sponsored by the German Society of Pennsylvania, historian Bro. David Valuska, of Lodge No. 377, a Professor Emeritus from Kutztown State University, explores the vast contributions of Baron von Steuben to the U.S. military. In particular, participants will learn how the baron, who was also a Freemason, helped train Bro. and General Washington's Continental Army during that terrible winter at Valley Forge by introducing inspections, drills and a training manual that became the "bible" of the Army for the next 50 years. In character and uniform, Dr. Valuska will answer the audience's questions about the condition of the Army during our struggle for independence and the contributions he made to our ultimate victory.

To bring the official Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary to a close at the Masonic Temple, a program co-sponsored with the Friends of Franklin titled, "Benjamin Franklin: Scientist, Humanist," will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. Presented by Drexel University Professor of History Dr. Richard L. Rosen, the lecture will discuss Bro. Franklin's scientific ideas and how his reputation as a scientist aided his diplomatic work by gaining him access into the circles of France's and Great Britain's most prominent and powerful people.

Both programs are free-of-charge, but reservations are strongly suggested as seating may be limited. Light refreshments will be served following each program, and there will be an opportunity to individually speak with the presenters. For general information or to make reservations, please call (215) 988-1909. The Masonic Temple is convenient to all major forms of public transportation, and parking is available at nearby private lots.

The Pennsylvania Humanities Council (PHC) is a private, nonprofit organization that represents the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the Federal-State Partnership of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The PHC inspires individuals to enjoy and share a life of learning enriched by human experience across time and around the world. The PHC integrates the humanities into everyday life through partnerships with cultural institutions and community organizations. Support for the Commonwealth Speakers Program is primarily from: The National Endowment for the Humanities and its We the People initiative; the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission; the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts; Commonwealth Libraries; Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania; the Citizens Bank Foundation; and the Friends of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council.

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