History Museum and Museum of the American Revolution Present Program on Mrs. Benedict Arnold
Philadelphia, PA, November 14, 2012—Stephen H. Case and Mark Jacob, co-authors of Treacherous Beauty—Peggy Shippen, the Woman Behind Benedict Arnold’s Plot to Betray America—will discuss their book in a public program presented jointly by the Philadelphia History Museum and the Museum of the American Revolution.The program will take place on December 6, 2012 in the newly reopened Philadelphia History Museum where a portrait of Peggy Shippen is on display.
Treacherous Beauty is the first-ever biography of Peggy Shippen (Mrs. Benedict Arnold). While war was raging between Britain and its rebellious colonists, Peggy befriended a suave British officer and later married a crippled revolutionary general twice her age. At age 19, she brought these two men together in a treasonous plot that, had it succeeded, might have turned George Washington into a prisoner and changed the course of the war. The book has received favorable reviews since its release last June.
Mark Jacob, deputy metro editor at the Chicago Tribune, was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2001. Stephen Case is a lawyer, managing director and general counsel of Emerald Development Managers LP, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Museum of the American Revolution.
A portrait by Daniel Gardner (1750-1805) of Margaret “Peggy” Shippen Arnold is currently on view in the Philadelphia History Museum’s exhibition Face to Facebook, The exhibition, explores portraits and how Philadelphians have pictured themselves from the 17th through the 21st centuries.
Program attendees are welcome to tour the museum from 5 – 6 p.m. The presentation will begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available online or call 215-685-4829.