April 27, 2015

Rare Opportunity to Step Inside Replica of Washington's Sleeping and Office Tent at George Washington's Mount Vernon

PHILADELPHIA – April 27, 2015 – In 2013, the Museum of the American Revolution commissioned Colonial Williamsburg’s Department of Historic Trades to create an exact replica of one of the greatest treasures in its collection—George Washington’s sleeping and office tent. This replica, which has been used by conservators and exhibit designers as a “stunt double” for the original tent as they plan for the installation of the fragile original artifact in the Museum—will be on display May 2-3 at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. This public program—“A Call to Arms”—will be one of the largest encampments of Revolutionary War reenactors in 2015. Visitors will have the rare opportunity to step inside Washington’s tent and see authentic reproductions of the general’s camp equipment.

The Museum’s Director of Collections and Interpretation, Dr. R. Scott Stephenson, will be on-site throughout the weekend. On Saturday and Sunday at 3:30pm, he will give gallery talks in the Donald W. Reynolds Education Center adjacent to the Tools of War exhibit where a selection of the Museum’s Revolutionary-era original firearms, edged weapons, and other military equipment are on loan. Said Dr. Stephenson, “It has been a pleasure to make these important artifacts available for public display at Mount Vernon while we complete construction of the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia.”

For a full schedule of events, visit the Mount Vernon website.

About the Museum of the American Revolution

The Museum of the American Revolution, now under construction just steps from Independence Mall, will tell the complete story of the American Revolution using its distinguished collection of objects, artifacts, artwork, and manuscripts. The Museum will serve as a portal to the nation’s many Revolutionary sites, sparking interest, providing context and encouraging explorations that begin at the Museum’s doorstep. The Museum is a private, non-profit organization. For more information, visit AmRevMuseum.org or call toll free, 877-740-1776.

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