June Book Club Meeting: Following the Drum

Monday, June 17, 2019 - 5:30pm to Monday, August 19, 2019 - 6:30pm

In this meeting, museum curator Kimberly McCarty will lead a discussion of the club’s next selection: Following the Drum:  Women at the Valley Forge Encampment by Nancy K. Loane. This meeting will cover Chapters 1-3.

Following the Drum tells the story of the forgotten women who spent the winter of 1777-78 with the Continental Army at Valley Forge. While many women worked as the army’s washerwomen, nurses, cooks, or seamstresses, others were of higher status: they traveled with Washington’s entourage when the army headquarters shifted from place to place and served the general as valued cooks, laundresses, or housekeepers. In Following the Drum, readers will learn of the 1777-78 encampment’s devastating effect on the area’s farm families, meet the women and ladies who accompanied and aided the soldiers, and discover a Valley Forge that many never knew existed.


Event will take place on June 17, July 15 and August 19 in 2019.

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