March 16, 2024
Revolutionary Speaker Series:
"The People Called Quakers: The Society of Friends and the American Revolution"
Saturday March 16
Join us at the park on Saturday, March 16th for the next event in the Revolutionary Speaker Series! Katy Telling will be discussing "The People Called Quakers: The Society of Friends and the American Revolution."
The presentation will be followed by time for questions, refreshments, and the opportunity to visit the museum and historic houses.
$20. Click here for tickets.
Katy Telling will examine Quaker perspectives on the Revolutionary Era from the 1770s-1790s, including differences of experience among Quakers in Pennsylvania and the South. Quakers, or Friends, had a complicated relationship with the American Revolution: their religious pacifism and political ambivalence attracted the ire of several different political factions. Far from being a monolith, Quakers expressed a diverse array of political opinions and degrees of comfort while engaging with military operations. In the years after the Revolution, Friends also used Revolutionary rhetoric to advance anti-slavery in the young republic. This presentation will be followed by time for questions, refreshments, and the opportunity to visit the museum and tour the park's historic houses.
Katy Telling is a PhD Candidate in the Department of History at William & Mary, where she researches gender, family, and Quakerism in the long eighteenth-century South and works as a consultant in the Michael and Kathleen Clem History Writing Resources Center. Her work has been generously supported by the American Philosophical Society, the John Carter Brown Library, the North Carolina Friends Historical Association, and the Graduate Studies Advisory Board Humanities Research Fund at William & Mary. She is a member of the 2023-2024 cohort for the Southern Historical Association’s Junior Scholars Workshop and has recently joined the board of the Friends Historical Association. In addition to her work, Telling serves as the social media coordinator for the database Women Also Know History and as coordinator for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture’s Octo webpage.