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The Surprising Martha Washington

The Mill at Anselma kicks off its 2017 Speaker Series

The Mill at Anselma will kick off its 2017 Speaker Series with a fascinating talk about Martha Washington on Thursday evening, May 4, 2017. Nancy K. Loane, Ed.D. will present a surprising take on our first “First Lady” at Bell Hall, Montgomery School, 1141 Kimberton Road, Chester Springs. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $5. Members of the Mill at Anselma attend free of charge. Although Martha Washington’s commonly thought of as rather frumpy, and as a lady who spent countless hours visiting the soldiers and knitting stockings for the men, the truth about Lady Washington is far more interesting. Martha Washington was a spiffy dresser, assertive, and a woman of independent means. Dr. Loane’s fun and fact filled talk, thoroughly grounded in primary research, brings the history of Martha Washington to life. Dr. Loane, a former seasonal park ranger at the Valley Forge National Historical Park, is a recognized authority on the women at the 1777-78 Valley Forge encampment and the author of several articles about the women at the camp as well as the critically acclaimed book, “Following the Drum: Women at the Valley Forge Encampment.” She has presented more than 150 talks in eight states, including the Library of Congress, on the women at the Valley Forge encampment, Martha Washington, and the Valley Forge encampment itself.

Date & Time

May 4, 2017

6:30PM - 8:00PM

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$5, Members of the Mill FREE

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