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David Library slates last lecture before closing


The David Library of the American Revolution will present its final lecture at its campus in Washington Crossing at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, when T. Cole Jones, assistant professor of history at Purdue University and a fellow of the David Library, presents “The Problem of Prisoners of War in the American Revolution.”

As announced last May, the David Library is partnering with the American Philosophical Society to form the David Center for the American Revolution at the American Philosophical Society in 2020. Following this final lecture, the David Library will close its doors for good on Dec. 31, and move its collections to Philadelphia in January.

The David Library’s 115-acre campus at 1201 River Road, Washington Crossing, will eventually be sold, and proceeds from the sale will be added to the endowment to fund academic programs of the new David Center.

Jones is the author of the new book, “Captives of Liberty: Prisoners of War and the Politics of Vengeance in the American Revolution.” Admission to the lecture is free, but reservations are required at 215-493-6776 x100 or