Included with Museum Admission
Spring Training: Benjamin Flower’s Artificers and Makers
Join costumed living historians as they recreate the work of supplying the army. During the Revolutionary War, Philadelphian Benjamin Flower (whose portrait is on display at the Museum) commanded a group of “artificers,” soldiers who made and repaired cartridge boxes, canteens, and cannon carriages for the Continental Army. Discuss this work with costumed interpreters including hatter Andrew W. Kirk, shoemaker Brett Walker, seamstress Jana Violante, carpenter Brian McDonald, and tailor Dan Center, and try your hand at an array of trades. And meet Rebecca Flower Young, Benjamin Flower’s sister, who made flags and drum cases as a military contractor in the neighborhood around the Museum. Young will be portrayed by interpreter and historical consultant Kirsten Hammerstrom.