Aug. 12-14: Garnett Valley Middle School, Glen Mills

The Pennsylvania Civil War Roadshow is visiting the state’s counties, and we’re planning to piggyback with the roadshow when it hits Delaware County Aug. 12-14.  We’re not sure which day or what time yet, but we’ll be at the Garnett Valley Middle School in Glen Mills.  We’ll post again when we get the details.   Murray may be on vacation in m id-August (the slacker), so this could be Dan showing off and going solo.

July 10 — Chestnut Hill Book Festival

We’ll be on the 8100 block of Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia on Sunday for the annual Chestnut Hill Book Festival.  The event is from noon to 4, and Dan and I will be there for most of it, signing copies of Tasting Freedom.  Stop by. Bring us a cold beer.

Oct. 4: Tredyffrin Public Library

Speaking at libraries is always a good event for us. This time, we journey to the suburbs for a 7:30 Tuesday night talk and book signing at the Tredyffrin Public Library on Upper Gulph Road in Strafford, Pa.  We haven’t been out that way before, so hopefully we’ll make some new friends.

June 18: African American Museum

The African American Museum in Philadelphia is celebrating its 35th anniversary with a weekend of events on Saturday and Sunday. Go to the website  — http://aampmuseum.org/index.php/page/overview-8 — for details. We’ll be joining the festivities on Saturday from 3-5  pm with a book signing of Tasting Freedom. Stop by and say hello.

July 2: Historic Philadelphia book signing

As part of the July 4 celebration, the organization Historic Philadelphia is hosting a book signing for Tasting Freedom that will feature not only us, but Octavius Catto himself — a wonderful actor named Robert Branch who portrays Catto. If you haven’t seen Catto talk about his effort to desegregate the streetcars or to play baseball, you’ve missed a treat.  The book signing begins at 11 am at the Public Ledger Building, 6th and Chestnut, and should last about an hour.

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We like to talk. Our publicist put us in front of a video camera, asked three questions and then crossed his fingers. We're probably a little too serious at the beginning, but we loosen up as the video goes on.
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A Call to Arms

Click to get a closer look, you can see the name of Octavius Catto at the bottom, as well as his father's.

This broadside is eight feet high and was seen on windows in downtown Philadelphia in June, 1863, as black leaders called a meeting to convince black men to join the Union Army prior to Gettysburg.