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About Us
President's Message
Future Meetings and Speakers
Contact Information
Past Speakers
Philadelphia Area's Historic Organizations
Philadelphia Area's Revolutionary War Living History and Reenactments
Philadelphia Area's Revolutionary War Reenactors
American Revolution Round Table of Philadelphia's Book Award Winners.
Benjamin Franklin Lifetime Achievement Award Winners.
Links to the Eighteenth Century.


New items: Searchable On-Line American Revolution Databases.

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

January 2016 ARRTOP President's message

I am very excited and encouraged by the positive direction in which the Philadelphia Round Table is moving! Our attendance is increasing steadily, due to the high quality of our presenters, as well as the comfort of the venue in which we meet. We remain thankful to the folks at MaGerk's for allowing our organization to use their facility for our meetings, free of charge. More people are becoming aware of the presence of ARRTOP, as evidenced by a great response to our Facebook postings. Our Program Director continues to bring in excellent speakers from all parts of the country, and the periodic visit of Revolutionary War first person interpreters adds an element of excitement and interest to our calendar year of presenters.

We are working hard to make the American Revolution Round Table of Philadelphia the premier organization in the region for learning about all aspects of our fascinating American War for Independence. We ask that our attendees consider becoming full members for the 2016 season, by paying the very reasonable $15 dues assessment. This money goes toward defraying the expense of bringing in our fine speakers for your enjoyment. We also ask that you spread the word about our organization, so that our membership will continue to grow.

And so, we thank you for your interest and support in the past, and we look forward to seeing each of you at our meetings on the last Monday of each month in 2016!

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


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Monday February 29, 2016 - Peyton Dixon will do a first person performance appearing as John Adams. His website is


Dean Malissa.

Monday March 28, 2016 - Michael Harris on his book Brandywine: A Military History of the Battle that Lost Philadelphia but Saved America, September 11, 1777

Monday April 25, 2016 - Don Glickstein on his book After Yorktown: The Final Struggle for American Independence

Monday May 23, 2016 - Don Hagist on his book The Revolution's Last Men: The Soldiers Behind the Photographs

Monday June 27, 2016 - Steve Elliot on his Award Winning Article on his Master's thesis on Requisitioning by the Contiental Army. He has been on the interpretive staff at Morristown National Park and is a PhD candidate at Temple University.

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, 2013, and 2015

Nominations for the 2011, 2013 and 2015 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 :


2012 :


Dr. Joseph Warren - The Boston Tea Party, Bunker Hill, and the Birth of American Liberty. by Samuel A. Forman

nominated for 2013 :


The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution, and the Fate of the Empire by Andrew Jackson O'Shaughnessy

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

nominated for 2015 :


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