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What were you thinking, Arthur St. Clair?

The time machine brings the Revolutionary War to life at the Mount Independence State Historic Site on Saturday, Aug. 25, at 2 p.m. in the program, "An Investigation into the Revolutionary Mind: What Were You Thinking, Arthur St. Clair?" Modern day historian Paul Andriscin summons personages from the past to an interview, so he (and the audience) can find out first hand what happened 230 years ago at the American withdrawal from Mount Independence and Fort Ticonderoga.

Andriscin interviews Maj. Gen. Arthur St. Clair, the commander of Mount Independence and Fort Ticonderoga portrayed by Ennis Duling, and Private Austin, portrayed by Mike Austin about life at the Mount and the experience of preparing for the imminent attack by British General John Burgoyne and his troops. Andriscin will ask St. Clair, "What were you thinking?" about the decision reached by American officers to withdraw from the Mount and Ticonderoga on the night of July 5 and 6, 1777.

Private Austin will chime in on his recollections of the withdrawal.

The program is the first in the annual J. Robert Maguire Lecture Series program at Mount Independence, as well as the first "investigation into the Revolutionary mind" to be offered at the site. It commemorates the 230th anniversary of the American withdrawal from these major northern fortifications during the Revolution. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 15, and includes a visit to the museum and access to all the trails on the 300 acre site.

The event is open to the public and co-sponsored by the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation and the Mount Independence Coalition. Call 802-948-2000 for more information.

The Mount Independence State Historic Site is one of the best-preserved Revolutionary War sites in America. It is located near the end of Mount Independence Road, six miles west of the intersections of Vermont Routes 22A and 73 near Orwell village; carefully follow the signs. Regular hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Oct. 8.

For more information about the state-owned historic sites, contact John Dumville at (802) 828-3051 or visit: www.HistoricVermont.org/sites .

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