To commemorate Veterans Day Weekend and to coincide with the Museum's special exhibition Cost of Revolution: The Life and Death of an Irish Soldier, Museum staff will join invited experts to discuss military service and trauma in the Age of Revolutions and today. More than a century before modern psychologists first began diagnosing people with PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), Revolutionary War veterans dealt with their traumatic memories and long-term consequences of their physical and psychological wounds.
How can a historical case study help us understand stories from today’s combat veterans? Starting with the example of Richard St. George, an Irish officer and artist in the British Army who was wounded in the head at Germantown and suffered hallucinations for years, the panel will discuss the challenges and advantages of using modern psychological language to understand the experiences of soldiers and veterans in the 1700s.
Free Museum Admission for Veterans, Active, and retired Military for this weekend is possible thanks to Comcast NBCUniversal.