Virtual Mother's Day Weekend
Women played vital roles on the home front and with armies on campaign during the Revolutionary War. This Mother’s Day Weekend, learn about the diverse women that played vital, often unsung roles during the Revolutionary War. For example, learn the little-known story of Baroness von Rediesel, a German woman who traveled to America, raised her children in army camps, and left behind a diary of her experiences, providing a unique perspective on the war beyond the well-known stories taught in school.
Friday, May 8
Join us on Instagram at noon for a live embroidery demonstration with Tyler Putman, Manager of Gallery Interpretation. Learn the basics of how to monogram a kerchief like the ones that women of the Revolutionary era would have made.
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.
Revolutionary Do-It-Yourself Mother's Day Card Craft
Saturday, May 9
Learn about female camp followers, the “forgotten revolutionaries” who provided support, supplies, and labor to help the Continental Army with a digital discovery cart.
Forgotten Revolutionaries: Camp Followers Digital Discovery Cart
Sunday, May 10
Tune into a video on our Facebook to learn the fascinating but little-known story of Baroness von Riedesel with a video presentation from Hannah Boettcher, Manager of Special Programs. Von Riedesel 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.
Mother’s Day Weekend is sponsored by The Haverford Trust Company and RSM