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The Museum of the American Revolution's Living History Youth Summer Institute is a six-week intensive program for young adults interested in interpreting the lives of people of African ancestry in the Revolutionary era and involves guest speakers, research projects, and field study. The course prepares participants to explore careers in cultural heritage, museum, and theater fields.

Applications for the 2023 Living History Youth Summer Institute are now closed. Please stay tuned to the Museum's social media channels for updates on the 2023 edition as well as application opportunities for 2024.

Living History Youth Summer Institute dressed in full 18th-century outfits set up the replica George Washington tent in Clark Park.

Are you, or do you know, a high school or college student between the ages of 15 and 21 who loves history, education, theater, visual arts, communications, and/or costume design? The Living History Summer Institute introduces Philadelphia-area students to the world of costumed historical interpretation with a focus on enslaved and free people of African descent. Participants explore the many aspects of museum work as potential career avenues, including education, curation, fundraising, marketing, interpretive planning, community outreach, acting, and more. In this summer course, students learn from experienced African American interpreters who work at historical organizations and museums from across the country about researching and interpreting the lives of people of African ancestry throughout Revolutionary America.

Participation in this course is a compensated position for students and a six-week program. Participants must be available for the entirety of the program on weekdays and live within commuting distance of the Museum of the American Revolution. Participants are provided with SEPTA passes, PATCO passes (if needed), and transportation to additional off-site tours and field trips.

Comcast NBCUniversal is the sponsor of the Museum’s African American Interpretive Program.

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Support for the Living History Youth Summer Institute provided by the Bergman Foundation and National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

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A father holds his child as they look at the Forten family tree in the Museum's Black Founders exhibit.

Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia

Now Open Daily, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
In our newest special exhibition Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia, explore the story of James Forten and his descendants as they navigated the American Revolution and cross-racial relationships in Philadelphia to later become leaders in the abolition movement in the lead-up to the Civil War.
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