Annual Symposium on 18th Century Life and Customs in Western Pennsylvania

The Bradford House Historical Association is presenting its 2015 Symposium on 18th Century posterfinalLife and Customs in Western Pennsylvania on March 27th at 7 p.m. and March 28th at 9 a.m. This year’s 2 day event will feature 4 unique speakers who will discuss various topics concerning the history of Southwestern Pennsylvania during the 18th Century.

Our special guest for both days of the Symposium will be Mr. Bill Robling who portrays Benjamin Franklin. Friday night Mr. Robling will address attendees as Benjamin Franklin and will discuss topics of the American Revolution, the conflict between Pennsylvania and Virginia over land that is now Southwestern Pennsylvania, and the contributions that Franklin made to the United States.

Saturday, March 28th will feature Mr. Robling and scholars Rob Windhorst, who will discuss John Neville and his involvement in the Whiskey Rebellion, Park Burroughs, who will discuss the techniques he uses when researching information from the 18th and early 19th centuries, and Marc Henshaw, who will discuss river travel and trade in 18th Century Western Pennsylvania.

The event will open in the Chapel at Old Main on W&J’s campus on March 27th at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and students are free with valid ID. Saturday, March 28th’s events will begin at 9 a.m. in the Burnett Center on W&J’s campus. Tickets are $45 for pre-registration and $50 at the door (ticket price includes Friday night admission and lunch on Saturday). Friday night will also feature displays of the top 5 entries from the Middle and High School Poster Session Contest.
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Symposium Press Release

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