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PHILADELPHIA, APRIL 11, 2018 — Women played vital roles on the homefront and with armies on campaign during the Revolutionary War. This Mother’s Day, the Museum of the American Revolution will celebrate Revolutionary women with a Mother’s Day Tea on Sunday, May 13, 2018, featuring special guest Martha Washington, portrayed by a costumed historical interpreter. Seatings will take place at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. 

Martha Washington actress
Historic Philadelphia, Inc.

Guests will enjoy an elegant afternoon tea, including fresh scones with currants and lemon zest, served with clotted cream and jam; petit fours; an assortment of French macarons; and the chef’s selection of miniature tea sandwiches, provided by the Museum’s exclusive caterer Brulee Catering, in the Museum’s Liberty Hall. Guests can make their own button – featuring quotes from Revolutionary women – to take home and create a craft inspired by cross-stitch samplers.

Tickets are available for purchase here. Adult tickets are $50, youth (ages 6-17) are $25, and children five and under are $10. Member tickets are $40 for adults, $15 for youth, and free for children five and under. Access to the Museum’s exhibits is included. A printed gallery guide will highlight artifacts and stories related to the women of the Revolution.

The Museum’s core exhibition explores the personal stories of the diverse range of individuals who were part of establishing our nation, expanding visitors’ understanding of the “founding generation.” Artifacts that reflect the contributions of women to the American Revolution include an intricately carved busk (corset piece); a signed 1773 volume Poems on Various Subjects by Phillis Wheatley, the first published female African American poet; and a religious book owned and signed by Martha Washington.

Another gallery explores Abigail Adams’ letter to her husband on March 31, 1776, requesting that women not be forgotten in the Revolution. Nearby, the story of Elizabeth “Mumbet” Freeman, an enslaved woman who sued for her freedom, is told. One of the Museum’s tableaux, or recreated historical scenes, depicts a camp follower and her daughter, a reminder that the wives and children of Continental soldiers often accompanied the army.

In one of the Museum’s final galleries, visitors can try their hand at an early American stitching lesson through an interactive sampler station in a gallery that explores the role mothers played in educating children about the ideals of the new republic.

About the Museum of the American Revolution
The Museum of the American Revolution explores the dynamic story of the American Revolution using its rich collection of Revolutionary-era weapons, personal items, letters, diaries, and works of art. Immersive galleries, theater experiences, and recreated historical environments bring to life the events, people, and ideals of our nation’s founding and engage people in the history and continuing relevance of the American Revolution. Located just steps away from Independence Hall, Carpenters’ Hall, and Franklin Court, the Museum serves as a portal to the region’s many Revolutionary sites, sparking interest, providing context, and encouraging exploration. The Museum is a private, non-profit, and non-partisan organization. For more information, visit or call 877.740.1776.