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Museum of the American Revolution

The Museum of the American Revolution, the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, and the Richard C. von Hess Foundation presented the 2019 International Conference on the American Revolution on Oct. 3-5, 2019 in Philadelphia. This event brought noted historians, writers, and curators from Ireland, Scotland, England, and the United States together to explore military, political, social, and artistic themes from the Age of Revolutions.

The conference coincided with the opening of Cost of Revolution: The Life and Death of an Irish Soldier, the Museum’s first international loan exhibition. With more than one hundred works of art, historical objects, manuscripts, and maps from lenders across the globe, Cost of Revolution explored the Age of Revolutions in America and Ireland through the life story of an Irish-born artist and officer in the British Army, Richard Mansergh St. George (1750s-1798).

Program highlights included an opening keynote by Dr. Eliga Gould, speaking on “Making Peace in Britain, Ireland, and America: 1778 to 1783,” and a closing keynote by Martin Mansergh, noted historian and former Irish diplomat and Fianna Fáil politician who played a key role in the Northern Ireland peace process. In addition to two days of engaging talks, panel discussions, and tours of Cost of Revolution, conference guests many guests registered for an optional one-day guided bus trip to follow the footsteps of Richard St. George through the Philadelphia Campaign of 1777.

Presented by
Pritzker Military Museum & Library
Richard C. von Hess Foundation
Museum of the American Revolution

Questions? Email conferences@amrevmuseum.org or call the Education Department at 267.579.3646

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Cost of Revolution: The Life and Death of an Irish Soldier

September 28, 2019 - March 17, 2020
Cost of Revolution: The Life and Death of an Irish Soldier followed the untold story of Irish soldier and artist Richard St. George, whose personal trauma and untimely death provide a window into the entangled histories of the American Revolution of 1776 and the Irish Revolution of 1798.
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