Campus Martius opens lecture series to the public

For the first time ever the Campus Martius Museum will allow the public the chance to attend lectures by the Brigade of the American Revolution School of Instruction.

The event will be held on Feb. 16 from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and will be made up of several different lectures.

“The topics they have addressed over the years have been very diverse,” said Bill Reynolds, museum historian. “They once gave a very detailed presentation on the maneuvering capabilities of 18th century sailing vessels.”

Lectures will be an hour long and will include historical military surveying, hat making, the Potts Iron Furnace, the committee of the safety musket and the Native American experience.

Speaker Tony Holbrook is a captain of the geographers in the BAR and will be speaking on the importance of historical military surveying.

“Surveying and maps were excellent resources for armies because it gave them information leading to tactical advantages,” Holbrook said. “Armies need to know information such as where high ground is and where river crossings are located.”

Specifically Holbrook plans to focus on the Sullivan campaign of 1779.

“It wasn’t a popular part of the war because it was essentially a time where Indian villages were burned, so they would become a burden to the British during the winter,” Holbrook said.

The different categories of topics and speakers provide excellent insight to several aspects of military life from the time period, said Reynolds.

Reynolds said he hopes the community will take notice of the event and attend with a passion to learn about the past.

“Hopefully it will at least stir some interest in community members for future events from the BAR,” he said.

One community member is already familiar with the BAR and enjoyed his previous experiences with the organization.

“I’ve attended these events in the past and I’m very interested in attending both the surveying and iron working workshops this year,” said Jean Yost, board member of The Friends of the Museum and president of The Sons of the American Revolution

Yost said he admires the dedication the organization displays in the research of the information provided.

“They do an event like this about once a year, and always have top notch instructors coming from all over the country,” Yost said. “They are excellent about making certain that what they teach his historically accurate.”

These types of events are important for this area due to its rich historical significance, he said.

“It’s a wonderful thing that instructors of this caliber are available to teach those that enjoy history in this area,” Yost said.