Historic Strawberry Mansion presents: JEFFERSON DAVIS TAKES PHILADELPHIA
Thursday, 11 October; 6:00 p.m.
2450 Strawberry Mansion Drive, Philadelphia
A book talk with author S. Tyson Gardner
The North won the Civil War, but it took a Jefferson Davis to reunite the nation. It’s 1876, the last days of postwar Reconstruction in the South, when a nineteen-year-old artistic prodigy from Georgia, with a troublesome name, heads to Yankee Philadelphia and the country’s first World’s Fair. A call for artists to participate in the Fair’s art exhibit, the largest in the nation, sends Thomas J. on his way. A hilarious coming-of-age story follows, with a cast of illustrious characters and more than a few mishaps and amusing encounters. Ultimately, Jefferson Davis takes Philadelphia in this madcap fictional romp, where anything can happen – and very nearly does – in this historical farce.
Free and open to the public. Reservations not required.
Refreshments will be served.