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Thu, November 7, 2019

Young Washington: How Wilderness and War Forged American's Founding Father

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This lecture is held in the multipurpose rooms of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The building opens at 6:30 p.m.; the talk begins at 7:25 p.m., and the question period concludes around 8:30 p.m. All are welcome! For further information, please call (717) 245-3972.

November 7, 2019 (Thursday)
Brooks E. Kleber Memorial Reading in Military History with Peter Stark

Title: "Young Washington: How Wilderness and War Forged American's Founding Father"

In the waning and bleak months of 1753, a young and naive George Washington trekked through the Ohio frontier on behalf of the British Crown to forge a diplomatic relationship with the French and Native Americans. Washington knew this mission was a considerable honor and an opportunity for advancement to a full commission in the British Army. On Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 7:15 p.m., New York Times Best Selling author Mr. Peter Stark will present a lecture based on his newest work, Young Washington: How Wilderness and War Forged America's Founding Father. Stark will discuss how Washington’s experiences in the Ohio Territory dealing with ill-supplied militia troops, adverse weather, and intense combat forged this young officer into the future father of a great nation.


In 1754, Britain's foreign frontier policy was to protect her North American holdings from encroaching French forts in the Ohio River Valley and Western Pennsylvania. Washington desired a commission as a British Officer, yet he never received the education offered to high-born Virginia men. He believed military merit was the path to attaining his goal. In this lecture, Mr. Stark will examine Washington's failed pursuit of a British officer's commission and how he actually gained experience in diplomacy, command of troops, and selfless service to evolve into the future leader of the American Revolution.


Mr. Peter Stark is a freelance writer and long-time correspondent for the New Yorker, Smithsonian, and Outside magazines. His previous published works include New York Times Best Selling book, Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire, which was a finalist for a PEN USA Literary Award. He also wrote the travel guide, The Last Empty Places: A Past and Present Journey through the Blank Spots on the American Map. Mr. Stark earned his B.A. in Anthropology and English at Dartmouth College and his Masters in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin.