To coincide with the debut of its new discovery center, Revolution Place, the Museum will host a living history event that brings to life the confused days of 1778. The Continental Army and its supporters have reclaimed Philadelphia from the British. Who has spent the winter socializing with British officers and hoarding currency? Whose politics make it acceptable to confiscate their household goods for sale in the street? What will Washington’s army confront as they head towards a crossroads in New Jersey called Monmouth Court House? Meet townspeople restarting their lives or looking for justice and learn military drill from Revolutionary soldiers in activities throughout the Museum, on its outdoor Plaza, and in Revolution Place.
Revolution Place features four key recreated historical environments – a military encampment, a tavern, a home, and an 18th-century meeting house – to immerse and engage families, especially kids 5 – 12 years-old, in the places where the American Revolution took root. Through experiential elements, interactive digital installations, reproduction objects, and special programming set against colorful murals that evoke street scenes from 18th-century Philadelphia, kids can imagine themselves as part of the Revolution. The center is located on the Museum’s lower level in the John M. Templeton Jr. Education Center, which also includes two large multipurpose classrooms for students and other groups. It is supported in part by generous funding from FamilySearch.