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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. In July and August 2022, the Museum offered its inaugural Living History Youth Summer Institute — stay tuned for further information on the 2023 program!

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.

Please stay tuned for information on the summer 2023 program.

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

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