Revolutionary War takes center stage

MARIETTA – About 100 history lovers converged on the Campus Martius Museum on Saturday for the Bridage of the American Revolution School of Instruction.

“Every year, the Northwest Detachment of the Brigade of the American Revolution puts on this school to teach people about things that were relevant in the time of the war,” said Bill Reynolds, historian for the museum at 601 Second St. in Marietta. “Each year we teach different subjects.”

Reynolds said by offering courses on different areas and topics of the Revolutionary War era, people can learn what has led Americans to be who they are in the country they have.

“We can learn a great deal about ourselves from learning our history,” he said. “Everything is tied together and by learning what has happened before we can have an idea of what can come.”

The topics discussed this year ranged from musket safety to hat making, as well as the largest iron making empire in colonial America and the Native American experience on the frontier.

The class on Potts Iron Furnace at Pottstown, Pa., was given by Potts family descendant Karen Kashary.

“John Potts was the Bill Gates of the 18th Century,” Kasary said. “During the Revolutionary War, the Potts family saw how to use iron works to help beat the crown and they did.”

Kasary not only gave the 30-plus people in the audience a lecture on the Potts family and their deeds, but also on how iron is worked into items and what is used to do these deeds.

“There are things people need to know to understand why ironworks were so important to the war and the outcome,” Kasary added. “The Potts family was influential in ironworks in the colonies as well as the Revolutionary War.

“There is no telling what the outcome of the war would have been without the swords, cannon balls and other items provided by the Potts Iron Furnace,” she continued.

Kasary said she has always been drawn to the Revolutionary War era and was not sure why until a few years ago when she began to trace her genealogy

“I was always fascinated by the time and did not understand why until I did my genealogy and found out that my family had such a big part in the war,” she said. “When I discovered that thread it all made sense; it blew me away because it is so amazing.”