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Mt. Independence to host talk on German soldiers

FRIEDERIKE BAER

ORWELL — On Saturday, June 15, Friederike Baer, author of “Hessians: German Soldiers in the American Revolutionary War,” will give a talk about the subject of her book at the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell. The lecture begins at 1 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The Mount Independence Coalition is sponsoring this lecture in honor of J. Robert Maguire, a long-time site supporter.

A large force of German soldiers accompanied British General Burgoyne for the invasion of the Lake Champlain region in 1777. After the American retreat, these “Hessian” soldiers occupied Mount Independence until Nov. 8, 1777, contributing to the archaeological record. Baer will look at the war from the perspective of the German soldiers, who also left a rich written record of their experiences.

Call the site at 802-948-2000 for more information. This is one of many programs planned for the year. The site and museum is open daily through Oct. 20. Regular hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular site admission is $8 for adults, $1 for ages 6 to 14, and under 6 free.

 The Mount Independence State Historic Site is a National Historic Landmark and is one of the best-preserved Revolutionary War archeological sites. It is located at 497 Mount Independence Road, six miles west of the intersections of Routes 22A and 73 near Orwell village. 

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