Historic Lectures by Gene Pisasale

Historic Lectures

Alexander Hamilton - Architect of the American Financial System

Alexander Hamilton (1757- 1804) is one of the most important, yet least understood of the Founding Fathers. Orphaned as a young boy on the island of St. Croix, he later emigrated to the colonies and fought as a soldier in the American Revolution. He became a trusted aide-de-camp to General Washington, serving through most of the war and fighting at the final victory at Yorktown. Hamilton was an important contributor to the U.S. Constitution and the Federalist Papers, later becoming the first Secretary of the Treasury, where he transformed a bankrupt nation into an efficient government able to pay its debts, issue currency and regulate trade. His accomplishments stand among the most critical in the founding of our nation. Gene presents the lecture dressed in full Continental Army officer's uniform as a "Living Biographer" of Colonel Alexander Hamilton.
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View Alexander Hamilton Lecture (53 minutes) at Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust

Frick's Lock: A Chester County Ghost Town

America was transformed by the development of canals in the 1820s, including the Erie Canal and the Schuylkill Canal in northeastern Chester County, Pennsylvania. Canals allowed much easier and less expensive transport of commodities like coal and other heavy materials, providing an enormous boost to commerce and economic growth. The ghost town of Frick's Lock was once an important center of business along the Schuylkill Canal, but today it sits frozen in time, vacated when the nearby Limerick nuclear plant was built. This presentation takes guests on an historic "walking tour" of Frick's Lock, allowing a glimpse of its antiquated buildings, which are just waiting to be rediscovered.
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American Revolution to Fine Art - Brandywine Valley Reflections

The Brandywine Valley has been home to three signers of the Declaration of Independence, great artists and musicians as well as the scene for the largest land battle of the American Revolution. Its rolling hills and rustic splendor have captivated millions of visitors over the centuries. This presentation delves into more than 300 years of regional history and highlights fascinating people, places and events which shaped our heritage.
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The Civil War - A 150 Year Retrospective

The Civil War raged from 1861 to 1865 and nearly destroyed our nation. The maelstrom tore families apart, brought over 600,000 casualties (more than all other U.S. wars combined) and was the cause of billions of dollars in property damage which crippled the South, leading to a long and difficult period of Reconstruction. Our country would never be the same- and we are in many ways still feeling the repercussions. This lecture examines the causes, the events, the leaders, the Generals, the battles and the aftermath of America's most devastating conflict.
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Mysteries of the Star-Spangled Banner and the War of 1812

The War of 1812 is a misunderstood and in many ways a “forgotten war”. Raging from June 1812 to January 1815, this conflict with the British was caused by continuing acts of piracy against American shipping and the impressment of thousands of sailors against their will. With battles occurring from the Great Lakes to New Orleans and both major oceans, the war saw the burning of much of our nation’s capital and the near destruction of our military. Yet it had many positive repercussions. America proved herself, taking a place among the most powerful nations, gaining stature in the eyes of the world. An icon- the Star-Spangled Banner was born, the song becoming our National Anthem and the flag which flew above Fort McHenry treasured as proof of our dedication to liberty. Mysteries remain to this day surrounding important aspects of the Star-Spangled Banner. Fascinating highlights of the flag and the war are covered in this review of a critical period in American history.
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The Marquis de Lafayette-
a 'Founding Son' of the American Revolution

The Battle of the Brandywine was fought on September 11th, 1777 and was the largest land battle in North America up until the Civil War. The young Marquis de Lafayette fought along with George Washington's troops, putting his life and fortune on the line for our country. Lafayette participated in seven battles of the Revolutionary War and was a major force in helping us gain our independence from Great Britain. His heroism, dedication and support gains him the title of 'Founding Son' of the American Revolution. The lecture covers background on Lafayette, his role in the American Revolution and the historic events in the following decades after the Revolution.
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Ten Days in Paris- An Historic Walking Tour

This lecture presentation takes the viewer on an historic “walking tour” along the streets of Paris, Dijon, Rouen and Versailles, yielding new insights about the people and events which make the region so fascinating and Paris the “City of Lights”. The tour brings you to ruins of ancient Roman baths, Napoleon’s Tomb, the Arc de Triomphe, the art enclave of Montmartre, the Eiffel Tower, watering holes of Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald, the Louvre, Notre Dame, Napoleon’s Tomb and several historic sites nearby. You’ll feel as if you’re right there- walking the streets and stopping in at some of the world’s greatest museums, enjoying superb works of art and architecture at numerous spots of cultural interest..
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The Christian C. Sanderson Museum-
A Man's Life, A Nation's History

Chris Sanderson for many years was the local "historian" of Chadds Ford, Pa. By the time he passed away at the age of 84 in 1966, he'd managed to collect over 18,000 artifacts and relics from days gone by- important mementoes, autographs, military memorabilia, paintings, posters and other items from the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, World Wars I and II, all the way up through the 1960's. Sanderson was good friends with the three generations of the famous Wyeth family- N.C., Andrew and Jamie, along with may other artists, statesmen and celebrities. The museum bearing his name is the work of many people, notably Tommy Thompson, Andrew Wyeth and was dedicated in 1967. This undiscovered "gem" awaits visitors to Chadds Ford.
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Client Comments

"Our lecture attendees were thrilled to have Gene come in uniform to portray Colonel Alexander Hamilton. Gene gave us a unique insight of this men through well researched information he presented us with a lot of facts our audience was unaware of and astonished to learn."
Jim Christ, Paoli Battlefield

"One actually feels in the presence of Alexander Hamilton. It is as if he is speaking with you - the delivery is mesmerizing. Some aspects of his Life take on new meaning. One is enthralled by his delivery."
Tom Swett, Chairman of the Board, Kennett Square Library

"Gene Pisasale grabbed the attention of our audience and held it throughout his presentation on Alexander Hamilton. His costumed portrayal was infused with detail and passion. Our members were so engaged and asked Gene many questions; he answered them all!"
Lora Englehart VP, Programs, American Association of University Women (AAUW), Wilmington, DE Branch

"We did get some great feedback.  Everyone thought the presentation was fantastic.  Some even said that they really started to believe that you were Hamilton!  You really did do a great job, both in presentation and playing the character.   For me, I enjoyed the fact that you were quite comfortable playing the part of Hamilton, but were also very secure in your own knowledge of Hamilton that you were able to break character and explain some of the history behind a specific answer or comment.  Very well done.  The audience enjoyed it, as did I. Thanks!"
Barry Rauhauser, Executive Director, Historical Society of Montgomery County

"Gene Pisasale was well-received by the Hale Byrnes House audience in December. We particularly liked the first person impersonation backed up with excellent PowerPoint slides. Gene's talk was witty, engaging and carefully-researched and documented. Very fine presentation. A good time was had by all!"
Kim Burdick, Founder and Chairman American Revolution Roundtable of Northern Delaware; Education Director at the historic Hale-Byrnes House, Newark, Delaware

"Thank you for your most interesting presentation on the War of 1812. Comments received were very favorable. Thank you too for the professional hand-outs and for bringing your books. It was a pleasure to have you as a speaker for our annual FOHL meeting. We look forward to having you again."
Barbara Miller, Friends of Hockeisin Library

"Gene's presentation was excellent. He clearly knows his subject quite well. The entire group truly enjoyed it. We can't wait until he writes his next book so we can invite him back for his new lecture series."
Marie Martinelli, Widowed Persons Group

"Thank you for speaking at our KSANC luncheon at the Stone Barn last Wednesday. As always, your presentation was interesting, informative and enjoyed by all the club members.."
Marge Rose, KSANC

"Gene's presentation on the background of Marquis de Lafayette was an engaging and informative story of one of America's lesser known heroes.  He brings this important character to life in ways seldom presented in history discussions."
John Whiteside, Sons of the American Revolution

"We found Gene’s presentation on the Battle of the Brandywine quite interesting and informative.  It was well received!"
Jenn Allen, Maris Grove

"I cannot thank you enough for the pleasure of enjoying your lecture about the life of Lafayette... Your presentation was beautifully enhanced by the wonderful selection of images you included and it was filled with the details that make history come alive for all of us. It was clear that our audience enjoyed every minute of it! So many people came up to me during the reception to comment on how much they enjoyed your presentation!"
Ginger M. Tucker, Executive Director, Chadds Ford Historical Society

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War of 1812 Lecture Clip

Event Schedules


Facility Requirements

  • Projection screen
  • Small table for projector
  • Space for 6 foot book signing table

Schedule a Lecture

Gene is happy to schedule a lecture for your group, whether a Rotary, historical society, corporation, retirement facility or school. Locations beyond a one hour drive of Kennett Square, PA. require special arrangements. Contact Us to schedule.


A Honorarium is requested to cover the costs of travel, materials and preparation.

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