Rare Powder Horn Illuminates Little-Known Story of Gershom Prince and Other Black Soldiers of the Revolutionary War
The elaborately carved powder horn of Gershom Prince, a Black soldier who served and died in the Revolutionary War, is now on display at the Museum of the American Revolution. The powder horn – a cow’s horn that was used to store gunpowder – sheds light on the little-known stories of Black soldiers, both free and enslaved, who fought during the American Revolution.
Teen-Focused Workshop and Author Talk with L.M. Elliott, Author of “Hamilton and Peggy! A Revolutionary Friendship”
New York Times best-selling author L.M. Elliott will join the Museum of the American Revolution on Sunday, March 3, 2019 from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. for a special workshop and lively afternoon discussion on her 2018 book Hamilton and Peggy! A Revolutionary Friendship. It marks the second event in the Museum’s new Write the Revolution series for young readers.
Only six weeks remain to see the special hands-on exhibit Hamilton Was Here: Rising Up in Revolutionary Philadelphia at the Museum of the American Revolution. The exhibit highlights the surprising connections between our own city and Hamilton’s extraordinary contributions to the nation’s founding. Hamilton Was Here is free with regular museum admission and runs through Sunday, March 17, 2019.
Garry Kasparov, Yascha Mounk and Curtis Milhaupt to Discuss the Global Rise of Authoritarianism, Feb. 12
On Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019 at 6:15 p.m., the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and the Museum of the American Revolution will host keynote speaker Garry Kasparov and panelists Yascha Mounk and Curtis Milhaupt to discuss authoritarianism and other challenges facing humanity today.
Who Tells Your Story? Explore Untold Stories from Black History at Museum’s “History After Hours” Event on Feb. 19
Who tells your story? This now-famous line from Broadway’s Hamilton musical sets the stage for the Museum of the American Revolution’s Black History Month-themed History After Hours event on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019 from 5-8 p.m. Visitors will explore the often-untold stories of Philadelphia’s vibrant African American community from the Revolutionary-era through today with special guests from the Black History Untold project, Bethel Burying Ground Project, Mother Bethel AME Church, and the African American Genealogy Group.
Presidents Day was first celebrated in 1879 to commemorate the birthday of George Washington, our nation’s first president. This year, the Museum of the American Revolution will celebrate Washington’s 287th birthday with festivities throughout Presidents Day Weekend, Saturday, Feb. 16 – Monday, Feb. 18, 2019.
The Museum of the American Revolution is offering free admission to all furloughed federal workers and three additional guests throughout the remainder of the partial federal government shutdown. Federal workers must show valid government ID at the front desk to redeem the offer.
Philadelphia Jazz Project to Perform a Lyrical MLK Celebration at the Museum of the American Revolution, Jan. 19
Vocalists and musicians from the Philadelphia Jazz Project will present “We Shall: A Lyrical MLK Celebration” at the Museum of the American Revolution on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, from 3 – 4 p.m. The engaging intermingling of spoken word, singing, and instrumental music will pay tribute to one of America’s greatest citizens and thinkers, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Learn 18th-Century Social Dances at A Winter’s Ball as Part of Museum’s “History After Hours” Event on Jan. 22
Dance the night away alongside 18th-century dance masters at A Winter’s Ball on Tuesday, Jan. 22 from 5 – 8 p.m., as part of the Museum of the American Revolution’ History After Hours series. Visitors are encouraged to dress in their finest attire (petticoats and powdered wigs optional).
The Museum of the American Revolution marked its first full year in 2018 and it was a year of historic firsts! We welcomed more than 300,000 visitors from countries across the world, including 57,000 school kids, and served 9,000 members from every state in the nation. The Museum made history come alive for visitors through a whirlwind of special exhibits, engaging programming, and new acquisitions and discoveries. According to Lonely Planet, the Museum “has already made a name for itself as one of Philadelphia’s top attractions.”