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“Rush: The Visionary Doctor Who Became a Founding Father” with Stephen Fried
October 12, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) is honored to have Stephen Fried as guest speaker on Wednesday, October 12, at 7 pm at Philly’s Gourmet Steaks, 114 Market Street. (Come at 6 pm for dinner and drinks!) Stephen is an award-winning journalist and New York Times best-selling author who teaches at Columbia University and at the University of Pennsylvania. His book Rush: Revolution, Madness, and the Visionary Doctor Who Became a Founding Father is the subject of the evening.
It promises to be a fascinating talk on the heels of our own modern day pandemic. In his own plug for the talk, Stephen says that what is narrated in the book is likely quite a bit different from what guides have been telling visitors about Yellow Fever. “The disinformation on this subject is substantial.” In preparation, he suggests reading:
** His expanded excerpt Yellow Fever Stalks the Founders on American Heritage
** Penn Libraries’ Benjamin Rush Portal which offers immediate and free access to all the original writings on the subject, including all of Rush’s letters, annotated, from the epidemic.
Following the presentation will be a short business meeting and some social time.
APT meetings are open to aspiring and working tour guides as well as anyone with an interest in Philadelphia-focused history. Attend one meeting for free and then it is $50 to join the association for the year or $10 per monthly meeting in-person event. Zoom meetings are free. Please join us for convivial company, good food, fascinating presentations, and lively discussions.