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Monthly Lecture Series

TVHS Lecture Series teams up with Investors Foundation to bring renowned speakers to Setauket

The Three Village Historical Society lecture series hosts prominent and emerging historians, authors, genealogists, archeologists and storytellers from around the nation and presents topics related to local history, heritage conservation, social justice, art history, and more.  For decades, TVHS public programming has provided a stimulating environment for the exploration of history and ideas that permeate the culture and community of the Three Village area, and beyond.

Unless otherwise noted, all lectures begin at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time and will be held at The Setauket Neighborhood House .  The Lecture Series is open to the public and is free for TVHS members, though registration is required.

This lecture series is made possible by generous funding from Investors Foundation. 

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Smallpox in Washington's Army: Disease, War and Society during the Revolutionary War

Monday, May 15, 2023 - 7:00 p.m.

Smallpox, a devastating and deadly disease, played an integral role in military affairs for both the British and Continental armies, and impacted soldiers and civilians throughout the War for American Independence. Due to the Royal army’s policy of troop inoculation and because many British soldiers were already immune to the variola virus, the American army was initially at a disadvantage. Most American colonists were highly susceptible to this dreaded disease, and its presence was greatly feared. General George Washington was keenly aware of this disadvantage and, despite his own doubts, embarked on a policy of inoculation to protect his troops.



This presentation will provide information about the impact of this dreaded disease on both armies as well as the civilian population in the American colonies during the Revolutionary War.

FREE for Members.

Suggested Donation for all others.


With Author

Ann M. Becker, Ph.D.

2023 Lectures (January - May)

2023 Lectures (May - December)

  • June 19th with Rev. Lisa Williams

    • ​​​The History of The Bethel Hobbs Community Farm​

  • July 17th with Bob Muller

  • September 18th with Brad Kolodny

    • SEEKING SANCTUARY125 Years of Synagogues on Long Island

  • October16th with Tara Rider

    • Our Island's Story: The Natural History of Long Island

  • November 13th with Kristen Nyitray

    • Mapping, Naming, and Mythologizing Indigenous Long Island

  • December 18th with John Staudt

    • Conserving Our Natural Resources: Theodore Roosevelt and his Use of Power

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