Virtual Spring Break with the Museum
Join the Museum of the American Revolution online each weekday for do-at-home crafts and activities, virtual story time, "Artisans Field Trip" living history interviews, live Q&As with Museum staff, and more to learn about the efforts of Revolutionary-era Philadelphians who prepared the Continental Army's supplies each spring during the Revolutionary War.
Virtual Spring Break Schedule
Craft or Coloring Activity, Weekdays
Learn the art of paper cutting, “scherenschnitte,” brought to America by German immigrants, and create paper decorations inspired by artifacts in the Museum’s collection; color a Wampum belt like those used by Native American communities; or make your own whirligig – a popular colonial toy – with string and cardboard.
April 6 - Make a Hessian Helmet
April 7 - Make a Mini General Washington Tent
April 8 - German "Scherenschnitte" (Paper Cutting)
April 9 - Join the Army Card Game
Artisan Field Trip, Mondays and Fridays
Tune into Facebook and Instagram for Artisan Field Trips featuring video interviews with living history artisans and makers as they demonstrate their Revolutionary-era crafts, including a shoemaker, seamstress, carpenter, and bookbinder.
April 6 - Jana Violante, Costume Maker
April 10 - Brian McDonald, Joiner
Storytime, Tuesdays and Thursdays
Join us for virtual storytime as we read children’s books about the American Revolution and its ongoing impact, including What Can a Citizen Do? by Dave Eggers and Now and Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin by Gene Barretta.
April 7 - What Can a Citizen Do? written by David Eggers and illustrated by Shawn Harris (Chronicle Books, 2018)
April 9 - Now and Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin by Gene Barretta (Square Fish/Henry Holt & Company, 2006)
Live Q&A, Wednesdays at noon
Ask our curators and historians anything on Instagram Live. Join in to ask your most pressing historical question!
April 8 - Mark Turdo, Curator of Collections & Special Projects
Colonial Cooking Demo, Thursdays
Tune into the Museum’s Instagram for colonial cooking demonstrations, including how to make hard bread like that eaten by Revolutionary War soldiers and how to make cooked pumpkin, inspired by the memoir of Continental Army soldier Joseph Plumb Martin.
April 9 - Making Hard Bread
Plus, check out an Artisans and Makers Digital Discovery Cart exploring six reproduction historical tools and their uses.