National Road Bicentennial Symposium, Saturday, October 27, 2018, Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, PA

The National Road Bicentennial Symposium will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at the Howard J. Burnett Center at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania. 2018 marks the bicentennial of the opening of the Eastern Legacy portion of the National (or Cumberland) Road from Cumberland, Maryland, to Wheeling, Virginia (now West Virginia). The National Park Service at Friendship Hill National Historic Site and Fort Necessity National Battlefield has partnered with Washington & Jefferson College and the National Road Heritage Corridor to commemorate this important milestone and to recognize the National Road’s significance and legacy.

The keynote presentation will be given by Dr. John Lauritz Larson, author of Internal Improvement: National Public Works and the Promise of Popular Government in the Early United States and The Market Revolution in America.

The symposium will also feature a special presentation by Secretary of the Treasury Albert Gallatin, President Thomas Jefferson, and President James Madison, portrayed by Ronald Duquette, Tom Pitz, and Kyle Jenks, respectively.

Registration is now open. Registration information is provided below.

For more information, contact Hilary Miller by email at Hilary_Miller@nps.gov or by calling 724-329-2501.

 

Program

Full Program

The full program for the National Road Bicentennial Symposium will be made available in the near future.

Abbreviated Program

Note: This program is subject to change. 

8:00-9:00amRegistration and Continental Breakfast
9:00-9:50amWelcome and Keynote Presentation
9:50-10:00amTravel Time
10:00-11:00amConcurrent Sessions #1 and #2

Session #1 – Blazing the Trail: Routes Leading to the National Road

Session #2 -Take Me Home, Country Roads: The National Road in West(ern) Virginia

11:00-11:15amTravel Time
11:15am-12:30pmConcurrent Sessions #3 and #4

Session #3 – Cashing In: The Economic Impact of the National Road and Transportation Networks

Session #4 – Telling the National Road Story: A Roundtable Discussion on Interpretation and Heritage Tourism

12:30-12:45pmTravel Time
12:45-1:45pmLunch
1:45-2:45pmSpecial Presentation – Executive Opinions: Gallatin, Jefferson, and Madison’s Views on the National Road
2:45-3:00pmClosing Remarks

 

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Registration

Advance Registration

Advance registration for the National Road Bicentennial Symposium will be $30. Registration includes admission to the symposium, continental breakfast, and lunch. The deadline for advance registration is October 20. 

There are two options for registering in advance for the symposium:

  1. Online registration: Symposium registration may be completed online here.
  2. Registration via US Mail: Register for the symposium by sending a $30 check (made payable to the National Road Heritage Corridor), along with your name, institutional affiliation (if any), and dietary restrictions (if applicable), to National Road Heritage Corridor, 65 West Main Street, Suite 103, Uniontown, PA 15401.

On-site Registration

Attendees may also register at the door using cash or check. Credit cards will not be accepted at the door. The on-site registration fee is $40.

Symposium and Historymakers Mingle Combination Registration

Historymakers Mingle is a pre-symposium gathering to be held Friday, October 26. A combination ticket for Historymakers Mingle (Friday) and the National Road Bicentennial Symposium (Saturday) is also available on the registration site.

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Travel Information

Accommodations

Blocks of rooms have not been reserved for the National Road Bicentennial Symposium, but there are a number of hotels available in the Washington area. A list of hotels near campus can be found here.

Directions

The symposium will be held on the campus of Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, PA. Directions to campus can be found here. Sessions will take place in the Howard J. Burnett Center. Lunch will be served in the Rossin Campus Center Ballroom, which is a short walk outdoors and uphill from the Burnett Center. A map of the W&J College campus can be found here.

Parking

Free parking is available in the Taylor Lot and the Grant Lot-2 on the W&J College campus, which are located adjacent to the Burnett Center. Directions to these parking lots are included in the driving directions to campus found here.

Accessibility

Accessible parking is available immediate behind the Burnett Center between Wheeling St. and Grant St. as well as in the Taylor Lot and Grant Lot-2. The Burnett Center and Rossin Campus Center are both easily accessible to people with mobility issues, but attendees should note that symposium activities start in the Burnett Center and move for lunch to the Rossin Campus Center Ballroom, which is a short walk outdoors and uphill from the Burnett Center.

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Teachers: Act 48

The National Road Bicentennial Symposium has been approved as a 5-hour workshop for Act 48 hours through Intermediate Unit 1. Teachers interested in attending and receiving credit will need to sign up through a link provided by Intermediate Unit 1 (available in the near future). Teachers will also need to register for the symposium by following the instructions in the registration section of this page.

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Featured Presentations

Keynote Presentation

The keynote presentation, titled “Even Adam Smith wanted Roads and Canals,” will be given by John Lauritz Larson, Purdue University.

John Lauritz Larson, Ph.D., is the author of Internal Improvement: National Public Works and the Promise of Popular Government in the Early United States and The Market Revolution in America. His forthcoming book, Laid Waste! Freedom, Progress, and the Culture of Exploitation in Early American History, will be published next year by Penn Press. Larson is a Professor of History at Purdue University, where he also served as Director of Graduate Education in History from 2005 to 2018. In 2017, Larson was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic. He has also previously served as a consultant to several National Park Service projects as well as a grant referee for National Endowment for the Humanities in the division of museums and public programs.

Larson will be available to sign copies of Internal Improvement: National Public Works and the Promise of Popular Government in the Early United States. A limited number of copies of the book will be available for purchase at the symposium.

 

Special Presentation

The symposium will also feature a special presentation by Secretary of the Treasury Albert Gallatin, President Thomas Jefferson, and President James Madison, portrayed by Ron Duquette, Tom Pitz, and Kyle Jenks, respectively.

Ron Duquette (Albert Gallatin)

Ron Duquette (Maj. USA, Ret.) has portrayed Albert Gallatin for 7 years. A native of Springfield, Massachusetts, he is the lineal descendant of a French soldier who was at Mont Royal (Montreal), New France, in 1640. Duquette holds degrees from Middlebury College and Campbell University. Duquette is fluent in French and, during his Army duties in Europe, acted as deputy liaison officer to the French Forces in Germany (FFA) in Baden-Baden, Germany. Duquette’s theatrical experience is broad, and he has also interpreted several historic personages: as Harry Truman in a 1987 self-written and produced production in Heidelberg, Germany in connection with the 200th anniversary of the writing of the Constitution of the United States; and as the Marquis de La Fayette at both Tudor Place in Georgetown and Gadsby’s Tavern in Old Towne Alexandria. As Albert Gallatin, he has appeared at the Swiss Embassy, the State Department, the Museum of the Rockies, NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, and Friendship Hill National Historic Site.

 

Tom Pitz (Thomas Jefferson)

Long an aficionado of Revolutionary Era history, Mr. Pitz has been performing as Mr. Jefferson since 1987. He has amassed a list of clients that ranges from corporate executives and medical faculty to elementary school students. He considers it an honor and a privilege to bring one of America’s greatest historical figures back to life.

 

Kyle Jenks (James Madison)

Photo courtesy of the New-York Historical Society

Kyle is a native upstate New Yorker. He began his foray into historical interpretation as a reenactor of the French and Indian War and American Revolution time periods in 2003. During this time he developed two 18th century historically inspired personas: Patriot Douglas McKenna and Loyalist James Ackerman. In 2009 he moved to Ohio. There he became enamored with a theatrical genre called Outdoor Historical Drama. He instinctively knew he wanted to write one about the American Revolution as it occurred in upstate NY. Drums Along the Mohawk Outdoor Drama by Walter D. Edmonds premiered in 2012. Here is a 4m documentary that demonstrates Kyle’s passion and commitment in portraying our fourth President: http://youtu.be/QNa7F2sGAqw.
You can contact Mr. Jenks at (216) 509-7502 or jaktar773@aol.com.
Booking information and his calendar are located on his website: http://greatlittlemadison.com
Follow him on:
Twitter: @portraysMadison
Instagram: madisonportrayer

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Historymakers Mingle

Historymakers Mingle is a pre-symposium gathering hosted by the National Road Heritage Corridor (www.nationalroadpa.org) and its partners, the City of Washington CDC and Washington Main Street, in celebration of the Historic National Road and its completion from Cumberland, Maryland, to Wheeling, West Virginia.

Join us for casual conversation and hors d’oeuvres from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Friday, October 26 at Chicco Baccello. Albert Gallatin and other historymakers will be there to share their thoughts and insights on why this Road was a necessary improvement for the formation of the Nation.

The $20 ticket price includes:

  • A tasting of local foods at Chicco Baccello (239 South Main Street, Washington, PA 15301). Chicco Baccello is a small coffee house and bakery located just off the Historic National Road.  http://www.chiccobaccello.com/
  • A sampling of curated cocktails featuring Liberty Pole Spirits – a local downtown Washington distillery.  https://www.libertypolespirits.com/

Tickets may be purchased online here. The deadline for advance ticket sales is October 19. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door.

A combination ticket for Historymakers Mingle (Friday) and the National Road Bicentennial Symposium (Saturday) is also available on the registration site.

Public parking lots and street parking are available for Historymakers Mingle.

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Additional Information

Friendship Hill NHS Open House

On Friday, October 26, the Gallatin House at Friendship Hill National Historic Site will be open to symposium attendees for an open house from 12:00-4:00pm. During this time, self-guided tours of the house will be available. At 2:00pm, park staff will offer a guided tour of the Gallatin House for symposium attendees. Admission to the Gallatin House and the tour is free. Reservations are not required.

The Gallatin House will also be open for self-guided tours Saturday, October 27, and Sunday, October 28, from 9:00am to 5:00pm. During the winter season, the Gallatin House is open 9:00am to 5:00pm Saturdays and Sundays and park grounds are open sunrise to sunset.

Friendship Hill National Historic Site is located three miles north of Point Marion, Pennsylvania on State Route 166. The location address for use with GPS and online mapping services is 223 New Geneva Road, Point Marion, PA 15445. For more information, contact the National Park Service at 724-329-2501 or visit the park website.

Fort Necessity NB and Mount Washington Tavern Hours

The Visitor Center at Fort Necessity National Battlefield, which includes exhibits on the National Road, is open 9:00am to 5:00pm daily throughout the year and park grounds are open sunrise to sunset. The Mount Washington Tavern, a National Road-era tavern at Fort Necessity NB, will be open for self-guided tours daily from 10:00am to 4:00pm through the end of October. Admission to the park is free.

Fort Necessity National Battlefield is located on US Route 40 eleven miles east of Uniontown, Pennsylvania. For more information, please call 724-329-5512 or visit the park’s website.

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