Recalling Trauma: History and Healing in Veterans Affairs

November 7, 2019 - 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Museum of the American Revolution

$20 General Admission, $15 for Members, $10 for Students, and free for veterans, those currently serving in the military, and Blue Star Families courtesy of Comcast NBCUniversal.

Cost of Revolution extended hours: 5:15-6:00 p.m.

To commemorate Veterans Day Weekend and to coincide with the Museum's special exhibition Cost of Revolution: The Life and Death of an Irish Soldier, Museum staff will join invited experts to discuss military service and trauma in the Age of Revolutions and today. More than a century before modern psychologists first began diagnosing people with PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), Revolutionary War veterans dealt with their traumatic memories and long-term consequences of their physical and psychological wounds.

How can a historical case study help us understand stories from today’s veterans? Starting with the example of Richard St. George, an Irish officer and artist in the British Army who was wounded in the head at Germantown and suffered hallucinations for years, the panel will discuss the challenges and advantages of using modern psychological language to understand the experiences of soldiers and veterans in the 1700s.

Panelists include:

  • Dr. Philip C. Mead, Director of Curatorial Affairs and Chief Historian at MoAR

  • Dr. John Bradley, MD, COL(Ret), US Army, Chief of Psychiatry at VA Boston Healthcare System and Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School

  • Dr. Katherine Grandjean, Associate Professor of History at Wellesley College

  • Mike Miller, Veteran Artist, Warrior Writers

  • Jessi Faue, Veteran Artist, Warrior Writers

Free for veterans, those currently serving in the military, and Blue Star Families courtesy of Comcast NBCUniversal.

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