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True Colours maker Ruth Hodges shows a young girl a reproduction American flag she sewed for the project.

Join dozens of historical tradespeople at the Museum on Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15 to do hands-on crafts and activities, see demonstrations of 18th-century skills and trades, and meet the people who made the Revolution in 1770s Philadelphia.

Living History: Esther de Berdt Reed and the Ladies Association of Philadelphia
Onsite | Daily
In 1780, women in Philadelphia produced over 2,000 shirts for General George Washington’s soldiers in three short months. Each shirt was personally signed by the maker as a symbol of her support for their efforts.  Learn about the woman behind it all, Esther de Berdt Reed, who raised the money from fellow Philadelphian women through her Ladies Association and debated with Washington himself about how the money would be spent. 

Meet costumed historical interpreters from the Ladies Association of Revolutionary America — named after Reed’s women’s association — and learn how a man’s shirt was made in the 18th century. Try using linen thread to make a few hand stitches yourself. 

Living History: Benjamin Flower’s Regiment of Artillery Artificers 
Onsite | Daily
Benjamin Flower's Regiment of Artillery Artificers included craftspeople who created military supplies and ammunition in Revolutionary Philadelphia. Soldiers and civilian contractors created and transported cannon carriages, wagon harnesses, tin canteens, cartridge boxes, and ammunition.  

Join costumed living history interpreters portraying Benjamin Flower's Regiment of Artillery Artificers as tailors create uniforms, woodworkers prepare military supplies, and tinsmiths discuss fabricating cookware and canteens. 

Make-and-Take Crafts & Activities
Onsite | Daily, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Visit the Museum's family-friendly Revolution Place discovery center on the lower level to try cartridge rolling and a tin-punch lantern activity.

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Living History Demonstrations

Dive deeper into Revolutionary era living history with Artisan Field Trips, Meet the Revolution interviews, cooking demos, and more.
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Artisans and Makers Discovery Cart

Learn more about tools used by artisans and makers working in specialized, skilled trades during the Revolutionary era.
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Shine Your Light With Our Punched Tin Craft

Make your own punched tin at home using aluminum foil, cardboard, and a simple pattern with the Museum's instructions.
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