Come Join Us For The 24th Annual Jefferson Day Dinner

“President Jefferson Stares Down Islam”
A Dinner Talk by John McClaughry

Thursday, April 20, 2017
Social hour at 6:15 (cash bar) – Dinner at 7:15

Doubletree Hotel – So. Burlington VT
1117 Williston Road, ¼ mile east of I-89 Exit 14

Come enjoy an evening of good friends,
good conversation, and good food!

Every year the Ethan Allen Institute celebrates the life, legacy, wisdom and guiding principals of Thomas Jefferson. This year we will celebrate with a dinner and presentation by EAI founder, John McClaughry titled, “President Jefferson Stares Down Islam.” It will focus on our early history tangling with the Barbary Pirates. These under-reported events in our history led to the founding of our national navy, launched the heroic careers Stephen Decatur and the USS Constitution, and inspired the line “…To the shores of Tripoli” in the Marine’s Hymn!

Jefferson was in his day an outstanding advocate of religious tolerance. But as Congress’s Ambassador in England in 1786 he learned firsthand from the Algerine ambassador what Muslim states along the North African coast had in mind for American shipping. Later on, when he was President, he took decisive action to protect American interests against Islamic-motivated assaults in the Mediterranean. Jefferson’s actions provide many lessons and insights into our world today!

Please join us, Thursday, April 20 at the Doubletree by Hilton hotel and conference center at 1117 Williston Road in South Burlington (a quarter mile east of I 89 Exit 14E.) The cash bar social hour begins at 6:15, and the dinner at 7:15. Entrée choices are Bellissimo Grilled Sirloin or Maple Glazed Salmon, plus appetizer, dessert, and coffee or tea.

All friends of the Institute are welcome. The dinner is $35 per person, and reservations (indicating entrée choice) should be made before April 17 by email to or or by phone to 802-695-1448. Pay by check to Ethan Allen Institute, 4836 Kirby Mtn. Rd., Concord VT 05824) or online HERE (Please note “Jefferson Dinner” where it says “Add special instructions to the seller”.)

Don’t miss this chance to enjoy great company and to hear one of the most exciting and interesting stories in our nation’s history, as well as a brief presentation by EAI president Rob Roper about what the future holds for the Ethan Allen Institute.

We look forward to seeing you!

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