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, "Artisan 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.

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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
April 10 - Make a Wampum Belt
April 13 - Fox & Geese Game
April 14 - Etch a Powder Horn
April 15 - Play the Card Game Whist
April 16 - Make a Tin Punch Lantern
April 17 - Make a Whirligig

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
April 13 - Shaun Pekar, shoemaker
April 17 - Paul McClintock, bookbinder

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)
April 14 - Equality’s Call: The Story of Voting Rights in America written by Deborah Diesen and illustrated by Magdalena Mora (Beach Lane Books/Simon and Schuster, 2020)
April 16 - Saving the Liberty Bell written by Megan McDonald and illustrated by Marsha Gray Carrington (Antheneum/Simon and Schuster, 2005)

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
April 15 - Matthew Skic, Associate Curator

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
April 16 - Cooking a Pumpkin

Plus, check out an Artisans and Makers Digital Discovery Cart exploring six reproduction historical tools and their uses, and download free Revolutionary Zoom backgrounds.

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