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This Mother’s Day Weekend learn about the diverse women that played vital, often unsung roles on the home front and with armies on campaign during the Revolutionary War. Join the Museum on-site and online to explore the stories of the Baroness von Riedesel, Two Kettles Together, camp followers, and more. Plus, pick up a free carnation courtesy of the Museum to wish a happy Mother’s Day to the revolutionary mother figure in your life.

10-Minute In-Gallery Talks: The Baroness von Riedesel
On-site | Daily

Enjoy a 10-minute pop-up talk to learn the fascinating but little-known story of the Baroness von Riedesel, who crossed the Atlantic with her three young children to follow Hessian troops, including her husband who commanded Brunswick forces with the British army. She became an American prisoner-of-war and left behind a diary of her experiences, providing a unique perspective on the war beyond the well-known stories taught in school.

10-Minute In-Gallery Talks: Two Kettles Together
On-site | Daily

Enjoy a 10-minute pop-up talk to learn how Oneida women, like Two Kettles Together, played a key role in their nation’s decision to ally themselves with the American Revolutionaries. Explore more about Native American matriarchal societies and the story of Two Kettles Together, who participated in the violent Battle of Oriskany during the Saratoga Campaign.

Contactless Discovery Cart: Camp Followers
On-site & Online | Daily

During the Revolutionary War, women and children traveled with both the British and Revolutionary armies. Whether part of a soldier’s family or not, they served vital roles, including as laundresses and food vendors. Meet a Museum educator to view replica objects and learn more about these “forgotten revolutionaries.”

Make-at-Home Crafts and Activities
Online | Anytime

Need a card for the revolutionary mother figure in your life? Follow the Museum’s how-to instructions to create a Mother’s Day card inspired by the art of paper cutting, “scherenschnitte,” brought to America by German immigrants. 

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Revolutionary Do-It-Yourself Mother's Day Card Craft

Celebrate the Revolutionary mother figure in your life this Mother's Day with a do-it-yourself Mother's Day card using a centuries-old paper cutting art form.
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Forgotten Revolutionaries: Camp Followers Discovery Cart

Learn about the women and children who served vital roles while traveling with both the British and Revolutionary armies during the Revolutionary War.
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Discovering History: Baroness von Riedesel

Learn the fascinating but little-known story of Baroness von Riedesel with a video presentation from Hannah Boettcher, the Museum’s Manager of Special Programs.
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