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President's Message
Future Meetings and Speakers
Contact Information
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Philadelphia Area's Historic Organizations
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American Revolution Round Table of Philadelphia's Book Award Winners.
Benjamin Franklin Lifetime Achievement Award Winners.
Links to the Eighteenth Century.


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About the Round Table

The American Revolution Round Table of Philadelphia brings together a diverse group of people united by a common interest in the American Revolutionary Era. Meetings are always free and open to the public!!!

Beginning with our January gathering of 2014, ARRTOP will meet at MaGerk's Pub and Grill (582 South Bethlehem Pike, Ft. Washington, PA 19034). Meetings will usually be held on the LAST MONDAY OF THE MONTH, but there could be some adjustment of meeting dates, depending upon proximity to certain holidays (Memorial Day). Please refer to the "Future Meetings and Speakers" section for updated information.

We invite folks to arrive early and eat dinner at the Pub, or you may eat during the meeting. Plenty of free parking is available, as well as a wide menu of food and draft beer.

The business meeting starts promptly at 7:15 p.m. and the speaker will start approximately at 7:30 p.m.

The main event of the evening is a speaker on some aspect of the American Revolutionary Era.

The American Revolution Round Table of Philadelphia Inc. (ARRTOP) is a 501(c)(3) organization under the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to us are deductible under section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code. We are also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the Code. We are classified as a public charity. If you wish to help support ARRTOP in its mission, contact anyone of the officers. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

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President's Message

February 2015 ARRTOP President's message

It seems like the time has moved by quickly, but ARRTOP has already noted the passing of our first year in our new home, MaGerk's Pub and Grill in Ft. Washington, PA. We have had a wonderful year at that, with many good presentations and a noticeable increase in interest and attendance from the historical community.

The advantages of our new meeting space are numerous- easy parking, better sound, better projection capabilities, and of course, MaGerk's excellent menu of food and beer choices. All of these factors make for more enjoyable evening for those who attend our programs.

However, I might point out one thing that has also begun to reappear at our gatherings, something more intangible than good food or good sound. That is the spirit of camaraderie that exists at ARRTOP. As folks gather each month to learn more about the fascinating era of our American Revolution, friendships begin to form around shared interests. As all of our meetings are FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, we hope that such bonds will continue to form in the future to make the fabric of our organization strong and attractive to even more visitors!

Our meetings take place on the last Monday of each month, and I invite you to come early (around 6 PM) and enjoy some dinner and good company. If you have a good experience, please come again, and bring a friend! We look forward to seeing you

Bill Ochester

President, American Revolution Round Table of Philadelphia

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Contact Information

E-mail address:
Contact Bill Ochester, President at

Contact John A. Nagy at

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Future Meetings


Monday September 28, 2015 - Thomas Fleming on his new book The Great Divide between Washington and Jefferson. Mr. Fleming had to be rescheduled due to the Amtrak train accident which prevented his travel from New York City to Philadelphia.

Monday October 26, 2015 - Kenneth J. Miller on his book Dangerous Guests: Enemy Captives and Revolutionary Communities during the War for Independence

Monday November 30, 2015 - Tony Wiliams on his new book on the collaboration of Washington and Hamilton in the creation of America from the Revolutionary War through the Washington administration

Monday December 28, 2015 - Bill Ferraro, Associate Editor of the George Washington Papers at the University of Virginia. He will speak on the Winter Encampment at Morristown and Jockey Hollow, NJ.

To see the other speakers on our schedule click here.

The American Revolution Round Table of Philadelphia's Book Award


It is official the committee headed by John A. Nagy has awarded the American Revolution Round Table of Philadelphia's Book Award for the best book on the American Revolution Era published in 2010 to Tim McGrath's book John Barry An American Hero in the Age of Sail.

The American Revolution Round Table of Philadelphia's Book Award

2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014

Nominations for the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 award are open.

Minimum criteria for consideration is that the book is non-fiction, published during the year under consideration, subject must be the American Revolution Era, initially published in English, index, have a bibliography of sources, and have either footnotes or endnotes documenting its sources. We believe that statements in the book must be verifiable. It must have author's content. A book that is edited copies of the letters of a historical figure are not acceptable. Such as publishing the letters of George Washington is not acceptable. Collaborated books (authored by more than two person) are not eligible. Reference to primary source documents is a plus. Leaps of faith, unsubstantiated conjecture, unless specifically identified to the reader will detract from a book. New research is a major plus.

Nominations are open to commercial (not self) publishers and members of the American Revolution Round Table of Philadelphia. If you have a book that you think should be considered please advise Contact John A. Nagy at

The following books have been nominated for 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014:

nominated for 2011 :


nominated for 2012 :

Dr. Joseph Warren" by Samuel A. Forman

nominated for 2013 :


nominated for 2014 :

Brandywine: A Military History of the Battle that Lost Philadelphia but Saved America, September 11, 1777 by Michael C. Harris

Renegade Revolutionary The Life of General Charles Lee by Phillip Papas

The Return of George Washington 1783-1789 by Edward Larson.

William Washington American Light Dragoon by Daniel Murphy

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