On Monday, February 18, the Central Delmarva Revolutionary Round Table welcomes Dr. Jude M. Pfister at Sorrentino’s Restaurant. This is at 518 South Bay Shore Road, Dover (on the west side of 113, where it divides from route 13).
At 6:00 p.m. is a self-treat, optional dinner. Dr. Pfister will speak about 7:00 on History, Myth, Memory, and the Pennsylvania Line. The Continental Army spent the winters of 1776-1777 and 1779-1780 around Morristown, New Jersey. The first mass immunization against smallpox was there in 1777, and the 1779-1780 winter was the severest of the 18th century. These two facts sharply contrast with the almost limitless myths and lore that permeate the Morristown story. Dr. Pfister wrote:
"I am particularly interested in how memory played a part in the development of the Morristown National Historical Park. Morristown was the first historical park in the National Park system and on March 2, 2008, the park will celebrate its 75th anniversary . . . I will provide a brief overview of the two (actually three) encampments and then talk about the problems with folklore in the context of the PA line placement. Early in 2007 we completed work on an extensive archaeological assessment of the PA line area and found that the site was not where the legend had placed it. "
After graduating from Delaware State University with a B.A. in History (1991), Jude earned his M.A. from Washington College (1993) and his Ph.D. from Drew University (2007). He has worked as a curator and historian for the National Park Service since 1993. He currently is Chief of Cultural Resources at the Morristown National Historical Park where he oversees the museum, library, and archival programs.
Thanks to Dr. Jack Gardner for the above description. If readers can come to Dover earlier, and want to research at the Del. Archives, I could meet you there.