February 27, 2020

Celebrate a Revolutionary St. Patrick’s Day at Museum's After-Hours Event, March 17

PLEASE NOTE: This event has been cancelled. The Museum is currently closed through March 31. For additional updates and information about precautionary measures the Museum is taking to protect guests’ health and safety, visit here.

Event Marks the Final Chance to See Cost of Revolution Special Exhibition

Richard St. George Performance
Richard St. George Performance

Celebrate A Revolutionary St. Patrick’s Day at the Museum of the American Revolution on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 from 5 – 8 p.m. with live Irish music, Irish-inspired food and drink specials, and the final opportunity to see the Museum’s special exhibition Cost of Revolution: The Life and Death of an Irish SoldierThe exhibition presents one of the largest collections of objects from Ireland’s 18th-century revolutionary history and war for independence ever displayed in Philadelphia.

In Cross Keys Café, grab a cocktail and enjoy live Irish music performed by Darin Kelly (guitar), Brendan Callahan (fiddle), and Patrick O’Neill (flute). The performance will feature traditional jigs that reflect on the Irish immigrant experience as well as raucous, familiar anthems often heard in pubs. Those who are 21+ can enjoy free samples of Hochstadter’s Slow & Low Liquid Sunshine Cocktail.

Guests can meet a historical interpreter portraying Richard St. George in a 30-minute theatrical performance, which visitors have called “mesmerizing” and “captivating.” These performances feature the Irish soldier as he relives his experience in the war and its effects in Ireland.

Cost of Revolution
Cost of Revolution
In Cost of Revolution, discover symbols used by Irish soldiers and revolutionaries in special 10-minute talks, every hour starting at 5 p.m. Then in Cross Keys Cafe, challenge friends to “Sketch it Out,” a visual spin on the game of “telephone,” inspired by objects in the Museum’s galleries.

At 6 p.m., author Dr. Serena Zabin will discuss her new book The Boston Massacre: A Family Story, in her only Philadelphia stop on her book tour. Zabin, Professor of History at Carelton College, will explore the dynamics of the Boston Massacre and the human relationships behind the clash. Zabin draws on original sources and lively stories to follow British troops as they are dispatched from Ireland to Boston in 1768 to subdue the increasingly rebellious colonists. A book signing will follow the event in front of the Museum store. UPDATE: THIS AUTHOR TALK HAS BEEN POSTPONED. 

The event is part of the Museum’s History After Hours series which features 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 (free for Museum Members) and are available for purchase by calling 215.253.6731, online here, or at the front door. The next History After Hours event is Fresh Ink on April 7.

About Cost of Revolution: The Life and Death of an Irish Soldier
What can a life tell us about an era? Explore the untold story of Richard St. George, an Irish soldier and artist whose personal trauma and untimely death provide a window into the entangled histories of the American Revolution and the ensuing Irish Revolution of 1798. The exhibition chronicles St. George’s dramatic journey with more than 100 artifacts, manuscripts, and works of art from Australia, Ireland, England, and the United States, many of which are on display in America for the first time. It also presents one of the largest collections of objects from Ireland’s 18th-century revolutionary history and war for independence ever displayed in Philadelphia. The exhibition is on display through March 17, 2020 and is included with regular Museum admission. For more information, visit here.

About Museum of the American Revolution
The Museum of the American Revolution uncovers and shares compelling stories about the diverse people and complex events that sparked America’s ongoing experiment in liberty, equality, and self-government. Through the Museum’s unmatched collection, immersive galleries, powerful theater experiences, and interactive elements, visitors gain a deeper appreciation for how this nation came to be and feel inspired to consider their role in ensuring that the promise of the American Revolution endures. 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 www.AmRevMuseum.org or call 877.740.1776.