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In July and August 2022, the Museum of the American Revolution will offer its inaugural Living History Youth Summer Institute. This six-week program is an intensive course 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. It will prepare participants to explore careers in cultural heritage, museum, and theater fields.

Joel Cook talks with guests at the Museum as part of 2019 Meet The Revolution programming.

Are you 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? We are recruiting applicants to the Institute, which will introduce 16 Philadelphia-area students to the world of costumed historical interpretation with a focus on enslaved and free people of African descent. You will explore 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, you will 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 running from July 6 through Aug. 12. 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 will be provided with SEPTA passes, PATCO passes (if needed), and transportation to additional off-site tours and field trips.

The application deadline has now passed. Selected applicants will be interviewed and notified of their selection no later than April 1, 2022.

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

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