Lecture: Hal Taylor “Before Penn”
October 29, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
As part of the Fall 2019 Lecture Series sponsored by the Sons of the
Revolution in the State of New Jersey, Hal Taylor will speak about his book
“Before Penn: An Illustrated History of The Delaware River Colonies 1609 –
1682 ” on Tuesday, October 29 at 7 PM. Books will be available for purchase
in the Quartermaster’s Store Gift Shop.
Before Penn provides the little known but fascinating history of the
European settlement of the Delaware River Valley prior to the founding of
Philadelphia by William Penn. The background tells of a legendary visit to
North America by Irish monk St. Brendan in the seventh century and
continues with a litany of European explorers searching for a short cut
through the North American continent that will lead to the treasures of the
Far East. During the process, abundant natural resources are discovered,
leading to competition among major powers.
Punctuated by over eighty original color and black & white illustrations,
Before Penn is a comprehensive overview of an important region of the U.S.
whose history has been largely underserved.
The full lecture schedule is:
All lectures begin at 7 PM and the Museum Shop opens at 6:30 PM
Tuesday, October 15: David Price – The Road to Assunpink Creek
Thursday, October 24: John Gilbert McCurdy – Quarters
Tuesday, October 29: Hal Taylor – Before Penn
Monday, November 4: Kenneth Gossard – Thalers and Pence
Thursday, November 14: Peter Stark – Young Washington
Thursday, November 21: Joyce Malcolm – The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold