As ARRTOP enters its 21th year, our mission remains the same: to provide diverse revolutionary war topics from very knowledgeable speakers and quality presenters in a social setting.
We shifted to on-line Zoom meetings back in May 2020. We certainly miss dinners, the book raffles and the camaraderie of in-person meetings. However, we are taking advantage of the opportunity to have prominent authors and speakers from across the United States which we could not otherwise have for in-person meetings. Over the past year, we have been privileged to have award winning historians Joseph Ellis and John Ferling, as well as speakers from as far as Massachusetts, North Dakota, Texas and the UK present to us! We also added lectures in July and August to provide some “COVID” relief. We will continue to open the Zoom meetings 30 minutes prior to the presentation in order to allow for “on-line camaraderie” prior to the presentation.
We are monitoring the COVID pandemic and anxiously await the day when it is prudent and safe to return to in-person meetings with full capacity indoor dining. We are hoping for the Spring of 2022.
Tom McAndrew and Kathleen Flanagan serve as the ARRTOP book committee. This year, they evaluated 17 books nominated by publishers and authors. The 2020 Book Award Winner went to Don Hagist for his book, Noble Volunteers: The British Soldiers Who Fought the American Revolution. Don is the editor of the Journal of the American Revolution – a very popular web site about the American Revolution. The 2020 Book Award Honorable Mention went to a history professor at the University of Central Florida, David Head, for his book, A Crisis of Peace: George Washington, the Newburgh Conspiracy, and the Fate of the American Revolution. Tom and Kathleen are already evaluating books nominated for the 2021 ARRTOP Book Award.
I also want to mention our Facebook page “American Revolution Round Table of Philadelphia” and our website ARRTOP.org. We are proud to announce that we have about 5,500 people following us on our Facebook page. Jim Christ, our Vice President, posts to this page EVERY DAY, and includes our upcoming lectures (information that you can share with your friends, while encouraging them to join ARRTOP).
See you all soon!
Mike Haag, President
American Revolution Round Table of Philadelphia