Doors open 6:30 pm
Cantigny Park Visitors Center
Free Parking and Admission
For more information call: 630 260 8130
Food and refreshments available for purchase
From the battles at Lexington and Concord in spring 1775 to those at Trenton and Princeton in winter 1777, American militiamen and then the ragged Continental Army take on the world’s most formidable fighting force. It is a gripping saga alive with astonishing characters: Henry Knox, the former bookseller with an uncanny understanding of artillery; Nathanael Greene, the blue-eyed bumpkin who becomes a brilliant battle captain; Benjamin Franklin, the self-made man who proves to be the wiliest of diplomats; George Washington, the commander in chief who learns the difficult art of leadership when the war seems all but lost. The story is also told from the British perspective, making the mortal conflict between the redcoats and the rebels all the more compelling.
Author Rick Atkinson has won Pulitzer Prizes in history and journalism. Atkinson has worked as a newspaper reporter, editor, and foreign correspondent for The Washington Post. In 2010, he received the $100,000 Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing.
A cash bar will be available along with a small selection of food. Coffee is complimentary.
This event is part of the First Division Museum’s popular series, A Date with History. The monthly programs feature an evening of lively discussion with authors, panelists, historians, and special speakers.