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Read the Revolution Speaker Series with Holly Mayer September 2021

Created by the Continental Congress as one of the first "national" regiments in 1776, Colonel Moses Hazen's 2nd Canadian Regiment, nicknamed "Congress's Own," drew members from Canada, 11 American states, and foreign forces. Interweaving insights from borderlands and community studies with military history from her most recent book Congress’s Own: A Canadian Regiment, the Continental Army, and American Union, Dr. Holly A. Mayer will discuss how this culturally, ethnically, and regionally diverse regiment’s story is a reflection of the union that was struggling to create a nation. Mayer will explore the regiment’s story as it shifts back and forth from the soldiers’ tents and trenches to the statesmen’s halls of power, offering vivid accounts of the Revolution that reveal how “Congress’s Own” regiment embodied the aspirations, diversity, and divisions within and between the Continental Army, Congress, and the emergent union of states during the War for American Independence.

Marking the first event in the 2021-2022 Read the Revolution Speaker Series, this program on Thursday, Sept. 30 will be held in the Museum’s Liberty Hall. It also will be broadcast live via Zoom Webinar. Following the presentation, Museum President & CEO Dr. R. Scott Stephenson will join the discussion to host a live Q&A with the onsite and online audiences. Doors open at 6 p.m. for onsite guests to see a featured artifact, enjoy refreshments at a cash bar, and have the opportunity to purchase a book signed by the author.

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Featured Artifact: John H. Hawkins' Journal
On loan from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Presented with thanks to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania for the loan of a wartime journal kept by Sergeant Major John H. Hawkins, who served with “Congress’s Own” and whose story inspired Mayer’s research. Guests can see this journal on view for one night only during this special program. Members of HSP are invited to register for Member pricing at a special link by contacting Julia Shaver, Membership Manager, at

Health & Safety Note
This is a hybrid event with onsite and online tickets available. Onsite tickets include an option to access the online Zoom Webinar link and participate from home. If you are feeling unwell, please use the Zoom link to view the program online. All onsite guests ages five and up will be required to wear a face mask, regardless of vaccination status. The health and safety of our visitors, staff, and community remains our top priority. We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will communicate any changes prior to the event. 

About Dr. Holly A. Mayer

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Holly A. Mayer is Professor Emerita of History at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and currently serves as the 2021-2022 Charles Boal Ewing Chair in Military History at the United States Military Academy, West Point. In 2016-2017, she was the Harold K. Johnson Chair of Military History at the U.S. Army War College. Her interest in the social, cultural, and military histories of late 18th-century North America inform her latest book, Congress’s Own: A Canadian Regiment, the Continental Army, and American Union (University of Oklahoma Press, 2021), as well as her earlier book, Belonging to the Army: Camp Followers and Community during the American Revolution (University of South Carolina Press, 1996). In addition to authoring various journal and anthology essays, Mayer was co-editor (with David E. Shi) of For the Record: A Documentary History of America (W.W. Norton & Company, multiple editions). She is currently wrapping up work as editor of the anthology Women Waging War in the American Revolution, which is under contract with the University of Virginia Press.

Read the Revolution is sponsored by The Haverford Trust Company.

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