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View a Limited-Run Exhibit of Historic 13-Star Flags and Create a Rainbow Flag Using Historic Flag-Making Techniques

Celebrate Pride Month this June at the Museum of the American Revolution with “Pride on Paper,” an after-hours event on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 from 5 – 8 p.m. Discover what letters can tell us about gender dynamics during the Revolutionary era, test your knowledge of LGBTQ history with a trivia contest, and create a rainbow flag or pride button to take home. 

The event is part of the Museum’s series of monthly History After Hours events which feature extended evening hours, special themed programs, happy hour food and drink specials in Cross Keys Café, and full access to the Museum’s exhibits. Tickets for History After Hours are $10 and can be purchased online in advance here or at the door.

Explore the Museum’s newest exhibition, A New Constellation: A Collection of Historic 13-Star Flags, on display for a limited-time from Flag Day, June 14 – July 14. Discover how a flag with rainbow colors was first proposed by Founding Father Thomas Paine to signify neutral ships and create your own flag featuring “all kinds of colours” with historic flag-making techniques. 

Throughout the evening, meet R.B. Bartgis, a conservator technician and scholar of material culture of literacy, as he discusses 18th-century letter-writing and takes a historic look at gender dynamics. Before the age of social media, how did people present themselves on paper? How might you have been portrayed and how do we read and interpret relationships in different methods of correspondence? Find out more about how Revolutionary relationships were construed, coded, and claimed. Then, try your hand at writing your own letter using historical materials.

In Cross Keys Café, test your knowledge of LGBTQ history in a round trivia with “The Quizzing Glass” from 5 – 7 p.m. Throughout the evening, learn how to use traditional block printing techniques with the Fabric Workshop and Museum to stamp your own design, courtesy of the Fabric Workshop and Museum.

In the Museum’s first-floor rotunda, create your own pride button to wear and take home, and meet representatives from the Attic Youth Center, Philadelphia's only independent LGBTQ youth center.

In the upcoming months, History After Hours will include Bros and Foes on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 and a Revolutionary Staycation on August 20, 2019.

About Museum of the American Revolution
The Museum of the American Revolution explores the dramatic, surprising story of the American Revolution through its unmatched collection of Revolutionary-era weapons, personal items, documents, and works of art. Immersive galleries, powerful theater experiences, and digital touchscreens bring to life the diverse array of people who created a new nation against incredible odds. Visitors gain a deeper appreciation for how this nation came to be and feel inspired to consider their role in the ongoing promise of the American Revolution. Located just steps away from Independence Hall, the Museum serves as a portal to the region’s many Revolutionary sites, sparking interest, providing context, and encouraging exploration. The Museum, which opened on April 19, 2017, is a private, non-profit, and non-partisan organization. For more information, visit or call 877.740.1776.