McNeil Seminar with Rebecca Brannon

February 21, 2020 - 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

McNeil Seminar with Rebecca Brannon: “Legacies of the Revolution: Elderly Founding Fathers, Memory-Making, and the Legacy Imperative”
Presented with McNeil Center for Early American Studies, Friday Seminar Series

This scholarly conversation is free, but does not include Museum admission. RSVP is recommended, but not required.

Join Professor Rebecca Brannon, Ph.D., for a seminar presentation titled “Legacies of the Revolution: Elderly Founding Fathers, Memory-Making, and the Legacy Imperative.” Brannon is currently researching issues of aging and old age in the long eighteenth century. Today’s work comes from this new book in progress, tentatively entitled Did the Founding Fathers Live Too Long? Old Men and the American Revolution. This event is presented as a Friday Seminar with the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Requests to receive online access to Dr. Brannon’s seminar paper should be emailed separately to RSVP is recommended for this seminar and social hour to follow in the Museum’s third-floor Liberty Hall.


  • 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Seminar 
  • 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Social Hour 

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About the Speaker
Rebecca Brannon is an associate professor of early American history at James Madison University. Her first book, From Revolution to Reunion: The Reintegration of South Carolina Loyalists, came out in 2016 from the University of South Carolina Press. It won the 2016 George C. Rogers Jr. Award for the best book of the year in South Carolina history. The Journal of the American Revolution also named it to their 100 Best Books on the American Revolution list. In From Revolution to Reunion she argues that the majority of Loyalists were actually reintegrated into the United States after the Revolution. Americans were generous in offering vanquished Loyalists reconciliation, and Loyalists worked to make that reconciliation secure. She has also co-edited a collection of essays entitled The Consequences of Loyalism: Essays in Honor of Robert M. Calhoon (2019). 

About The McNeil Center for Early American Studies
The McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania facilitates scholarly inquiry into the histories and cultures of North America in the Atlantic world before 1850, with a particular but by no means an exclusive emphasis on the mid-Atlantic region. The Center offers pre- and post-doctoral fellowships to encourage the use of the Philadelphia area’s magnificent manuscript, rare book, and museum collections, conducts multiple works-in-progress series to promote intellectual community among local and visiting faculty and graduate students, and organizes national conferences to foster interdisciplinary research. To disseminate the best new scholarship in the field, it publishes Early American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, and sponsors the Early American Studies monograph series published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. The McNeil Center also operates as a Consortium of dozens of archives, museums, colleges, and universities throughout the mid-Atlantic region and beyond, including the Museum of the American Revolution. For more information, please visit

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