The National Road Bicentennial Symposium will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at the Howard J. Burnett Center at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania. 2018 marks the bicentennial of the opening of the Eastern Legacy portion of the National (or Cumberland) Road from Cumberland, Maryland, to Wheeling, Virginia (now West Virginia). The National Park Service at Friendship Hill National Historic Site and Fort Necessity National Battlefield has partnered with Washington & Jefferson College and the National Road Heritage Corridor to commemorate this important milestone and to recognize the National Road’s significance and legacy.
The keynote presentation will be given by Dr. John Lauritz Larson, author of Internal Improvement: National Public Works and the Promise of Popular Government in the Early United States and The Market Revolution in America.
The symposium will also feature a special presentation by Secretary of the Treasury Albert Gallatin, President Thomas Jefferson, and President James Madison, portrayed by Ron Duquette, Tom Pitz, and Kyle Jenks, respectively.
Registration is now open. The $30 registration fee includes continental breakfast and lunch. The deadline for advance registration is October 20. On-site registration will be $40.
Additionally, the symposium has been approved as a 5-hour workshop for Act 48 hours through Intermediate Unit 1.
More information, including the symposium schedule, travel details, and the registration link, can be found at http://nationalroadpa.org/200th/nrbs/.
Fort Necessity National Battlefield
Friendship Hill National Historic Site