Heritage House Senior Community Center to Host ‘Betsy Ross: The Making of the Myth’

Betsy-Ross-9464205-1-402-300x300BROOKVILLE, Pa. – All are invited to the Heritage House on Wednesday, January 14, at 10:00 a.m., for a free MindMatters presentation titled “Betsy Ross: The Making of the Myth.”

The hour-long video presentation will be provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging and feature Charles Hardy, Ph.D., a professor of history at West Chester University. The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session where viewers can email questions to Prof. Hardy for real-time discussion.

The presentation is a thought-provoking and entertaining examination of one of America’s most well-known historical figures. Although Betsy Ross is widely celebrated for creating the first U.S. flag, her story entered the public record 100 years after it supposedly happened and is based largely on stories passed down through generations of Ross’ own family. Prof. Hardy’s in-depth presentation examines how and why this story originated and how it has evolved.

MindMatters is a free monthly lecture series by knowledgeable presenters on intellectually stimulating topics of interest to older adults. It is presented by the Department of Aging and produced by WITF, Harrisburg’s affiliate for PBS and NPR and a trusted, valued supplier of programs and services that both satisfy and stimulate curiosity.

Future topics include “The British Imperial Trans Antarctic Expedition of 1914,” which will be presented at the same location on February 11 at 10:00 a.m. by Lou Thieblemont, a current professional speaker and former mayor of Camp Hill, Pa.

The Heritage House is located at 4 Sylvania Street, Brookville, Pa.


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