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July 3, 2014

Village to host war program

MT. VERNON — The Jefferson County Historical Society will present a free program on the Revolutionary War at 1 p.m. July 12 at the Historical Village.

As part of the event, 18th Century historian David Jahntz will deliver a three-part lecture on the war and other aspects of the “Founding Era of American History.”

Jahntz lives in the Chicago area but has ties to Mt. Vernon and is a member of the Historical Society. In the past, he has made presentations at the Society’s Heritage Festival on medical treatment for soldiers during the Revolutionary War.

“He’s very knowledgeable and captivates the audience’s attention,” said Jamie Wheeler, director of community relations for the Historical Society.

The July 12 program is entitled “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of a Nation.”

The first part of the speech will cover military issues related to the Revolutionary War.

Then, Jahntz will focus on the health concerns of not only soldiers, but the larger colonial population, states a Historical Society news release.

During this segment, Jahntz will speak from the point of view of a regimental surgeon in General Washington’s Continental Army.

The audience will also be able to view a display of original and replica 18th Century medical instruments and other healthcare items.

Lastly, Jahntz will talk about the founding principles of the American Revolution from the perspective of a member of the Second Continental Congress, the news release states.

Wheeler said the Society does not typically host programs on the Revolutionary War since the Historical Village is more reminiscent of the 19th Century.

However, organizers decided to make an exception in this case since Jahntz’s presentation will coincide nicely with the Fourth of July holiday, Wheeler said.

The audience, she added, should gain much from the program.

“It’s just a greater appreciation for how our country was founded and the sacrifices people made so we can live in the country we live in today,” Wheeler said.

The July 12 lecture is free, but donations will be appreciated.

For more information, contact the Historical Society at 246-0033.

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