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Cost of Revolution: The Life and Death of an Irish Solider
September 28, 2019 through March 17, 2020

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What can a life tell us about an era?

Follow the untold story of Irish soldier and artist Richard St. George, whose personal trauma and untimely death provide a window into the entangled histories of the American Revolution of 1776 and the Irish Revolution of 1798. The art he created and commissioned visualizes a unique perspective of the physical and emotional costs of these revolutionary moments.

In 1776, Richard St. George joined the British Army and donned a red coat to fight against the American “rebels.” Over the next twenty years, St. George survived a severe head wound at the Battle of Germantown, mourned over the tragic death of his wife, and saw the rule of kings and of gentlemen like himself violently challenged on two continents. Along the way, he made sketches, published cartoons, and commissioned portraits and paintings to document his experiences and emotions. In 1798, he stood in opposition to the growing Irish Revolution and was killed by his tenants.

As a result of new discoveries made by the Museum’s curators, the art and artifacts from St. George’s life and death will be reunited in Philadelphia from across the globe.

Upcoming Exhibitions

When Women Lost the Vote: A Revolutionary Story, 1776 – 1807

August 22, 2020 – March 28, 2021
Included with regular Museum admission

Howard Pyle 1880 Engraving (credit: Ann Lewis)

Millions of American women were granted the right to vote with the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920, which marks its centennial in 2020. But more than a century earlier, women legally voted in New Jersey from 1776 – 1807. In a groundbreaking new exhibition, the Museum of the American Revolution will explore the little-known history of the nation’s first women voters—and examine how and why this right was ripped away in 1807. Featuring original objects including textiles, manuscripts, furniture, and art, as well as interactive elements and scenic environments, the exhibition will bring to life the forgotten stories of the women who first pioneered the vote. When Women Lost the Vote is an inspiring story that will encourage visitors to reconsider their understanding of the timeline of women’s history in America, but it is also a cautionary tale about one of America’s first voting rights crises.

Limited-Run Exhibitions

A Growing Constellation: Flags and Founding Documents, 1776-2020

Friday, June 12 – Sunday, July 5, 2020
Included with regular Museum admission

Thomas Jefferson envisioned that the United States would grow into an “Empire of Liberty” in the decades and centuries following American independence. This summer, a joint exhibition will showcase dozens of rare American flags alongside historic early state constitutions and the first official printing of the U.S. Constitution to shed light on the triumphs and tensions that the United States faced as new states joined the union, represented by the addition of a star to the flag for each state. By telling stories from the nation’s revolutionary roots to its continuing struggle over equal rights, A Growing Constellation will encourage Museum guests to consider their role in the ongoing effort to fulfill the promise of the American Revolution.

The collection of historic flags is on loan from Jeff R. Bridgman, a leading dealer of antique flags and political textiles. The documents are on loan from the Dorothy Tapper Goldman Foundation following their exhibition at The New-York Historical Society, titled: Colonists, Citizens, Constitutions.