In response to current events, museums across the country are contemplating around guns and violent historic events. Revolutionary Germantown Partners Cliveden and PhilaLandmarks will hold community conversations around the national debate about gun control and everyday violence, looking to history as an anchor.
The program series includes two Cliveden Conversations with presentations by Dr. Jessica Roney, Associate Professor of History at Temple University, and Dr. David Waldstreicher, Graduate History Professor at City University of New York (CUNY). Dr. Roney will give a presentation at the September 21st conversation, focusing on the historical context of the American Revolution. After her presentation, community members will discuss how historic events and lived experiences impact life today, aided by local facilitator Patricia Scott Hobbes.
In addition to the conversations, there will be an installation in Cliveden’s Carriage House Visitor’s Center that will focus on firearms as well as a free-response activity both during the Revolutionary Germantown Festival and the fall.
Dr. Jessica Roney
Dr. Jessica Roney is an Associate Professor of History at Temple University. She received her undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College, her Master’s degree from the College of William and Mary, and her Doctorate from Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of Governed by a Spirit of Opposition: The Origins of American Political Practice in Colonial Philadelphia, which was published in 2014 and is currently working on her second book. Her scholarly and teaching interests include the social, cultural, and political history of early America and the Atlantic world.