Greetings from Washington Crossing, PA! I’ve settled in for my fellowship here at the David Library of the American Revolution, and I’m blissfully happy. If there’s a perfect place to do research, I think I’ve found it.
What makes the DLAR exceptional is the concentration of material. Rather than making a half-dozen trips to far-flung repositories, you can sit under one roof with thousands of books and microfilm reels at your fingertips.
I’m especially lucky to be here while the library is hosting a series of lectures by former fellows. On Wednesday Holger Hook discussed his new book on violence in the Revolution, which I think will be an important corrective to the notion of a restrained, limited War of Independence. Next week we’ll hear from Judith L. Van. Buskirk, who will talk about her work on African American soldiers.
Since there are so many important Rev War sites within an hour’s drive—and one just a mile down the road—I’m hoping to do a little historical touring while I’m here. For now, though, it’s time to dive back into this incomparable collection.