MHS Calendar of Events

to May 26


The Private Jefferson

Explore Jefferson’s complexity through select correspondence and writings including the Declaration of Independence, records of farming at Monticello, and his architectural drawings.

Early American History Seminar Making Saltpetre for the Continental Army: How Americans Understood the Environment During the War of Independence Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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2 April 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM David Hsiung, Juniata College Comment: Rob Martello, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

This case study focuses on how Americans understood the workings of the natural world as they imperfectly made gunpowder for the Continental Army. It argues that paying attention to the interactions between humans and the natural environment leads to a richer understanding of the war, and that modern American attitudes towards the environment have important roots in the Revolutionary period.