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Evening Book Talk: John A. Nagy

May 21, 2014


Mount Vernon welcomes author John A. Nagey to the Rubenstein Leadership Hall at the Fred W. Smith National Library to discuss his book Invisible Ink: Spycraft of the American Revolution, on May 21, 2014.

About the Book

During the American Revolution, espionage was critical to the successes and failures of both Continental and British efforts. General George Washington relied on a vast spy network, personally-designed and sophisticated battle plan deceptions, and counterintelligence efforts. His use of spycraft also included codes, ciphers and spy rings, most notably the Culper ring which operated in British-controlled New York City. Based on almost two decades of primary research, Invisible Ink discusses the craft used by spies during the American Revolution, including invisible writing, dead drops, mail intercepts, deceptions, and hidden compartments -- many of which are still being used today.

About the Author

John A. Nagy is a Scholar in Residence at Saint Francis University, Loretto, Pennsylvania, a consultant on espionage for Colonial Williamsburg and the William L. Clements Library of the University of Michigan, and an expert in antique documents. He is a graduate Saint Francis University, Loretto, Pennsylvania (BA), and Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey (MMS). He is a founder and past President of the American Revolution Round Table of Philadelphia, and was the source of information used in the very popular webpage “Spy Letters of the American Revolution from the Collections of the Clements Library” at the University of Michigan.

Event Details

COST: Free
DATE: May 21, 2014
TIME: 7:00 pm
Rubenstein Leadership Hall,
Fred W. Smith National Library
3600 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway,
Mount Vernon, Virginia 22121

Attendees should park in Mount Vernon visitor parking lots and enter the library campus via the pedestrian gate near the 4-way stop.

Special offer from the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant

Consider dining with us at the Mount Vernon Inn before this event. Once you register, print your tickets and bring them to the Inn on the evening of the book talk event to receive 10% off your entire check or a free appetizer with purchase of two entrees.

Call 703.780.0011 to make a reservation.

Interview: Spies, Dead Drops, and Invisible Ink

Interest in the subject of spying and espionage operations during the American Revolution continues to grow in popularity. John A. Nagy, one of America’s leading scholars on the subject sat down with us to share his observations on the important role that espionage played during the war.

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