Penn State Brandywine will kick off its annual Spring Speaker Series with a presentation from Sean Moir, local Revolutionary War aficionado. Students, faculty, staff and community members are welcome to join Moir as he presents “A Fortnight in Chester County: The Philadelphia Campaign of 1777” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, in the Main Building, Room 113.
Attendees will hear Moir discuss the Revolutionary War troop movements in Chester and Delaware counties, known as the “Philadelphia Campaign.” This British initiative took place during the late 1700s to gain control of Philadelphia during the war. His presentation establishes the context of the campaign within the American Revolution and uses unique animated maps to help tie these events to local sites.
“Many of the troop movements of this campaign are not well known and people of Chester and Delaware county are often surprised to find that (Gen. George) Washington or (British Gen. William) Howe's army marched right past their properties or camped in places we visit every day,” Moir said.
A Penn State alumnus, Moir is the owner/president of Western Heritage Mapping, which aims to grow the understanding of U.S. culture by providing educators the ability to create presentations that are more effective by using animated maps, according to its website.
“These animated maps are the focal point of my talk and help to show the movements and engagements of the armies, as well as to give people a sense of where all these events happened in relation to the modern landscape,” he said.
This event is free and light refreshments will be served. Due to limited space, RSVP to BW-UR@psu.edu or by calling 610-892-1484.
Brandywine will also welcome Penn State Laureate and Beatles enthusiast Kenneth Womack to campus as part of its annual Spring Speaker Series at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 13. To find out more information about these and other upcoming speakers, visit Brandywine’s Speaker Series website.