October 11, 2019

Explore a Darker Side of History at “All the Gory Details” After-Hours Event, Oct. 29

Enjoy $10 admission, Cider Week tastings, and a presentation on 18th century surgical procedures

Just in time for Halloween, two local Museums are partnering to take visitors on a trip through the darker part of history. Museum of the American Revolution and the Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia will review “all the gory details” of a gruesome and risky surgery and its connections to Irish soldier Richard St. George at History After Hours on Tuesday, October 29, 5:00 – 8:00 pm at the Museum of the American Revolution. 

The evening includes access to the "Cost of Revolution" special exhibition
The evening includes access to the "Cost of Revolution" special exhibition

All the Gory Details is part of the Museum’s monthly History After Hours series which features extended evening hours, special themed programs, happy hour food and drink specials 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. 

Starting at 5:00 pm, explore the connection between art and affliction in the Museum’s newest exhibition Cost of Revolution: The Life and Death of an Irish Soldier. See what a life can tell us about an era as one gentleman takes center stage in the Museum’s newest exhibition.

Settle in at 6:00 pm for a special 30-minute theatrical performance where you will meet Irish officer Richard St. George as he relives his Revolutionary War experience and its Irish aftermath.

At 6:30 pm hear the true story behind Richard St. George’s grisly medical procedure when he underwent trepanning after surviving a head wound at the Battle of Germantown. Guests will learn more about the history of trepanning from Lowell Flanders, Collections Manager and Registrar from the Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Following, Matthew Skic, Associate Curator at the Museum of the American Revolution will explore the words and artwork of someone who survived the painful process.

A trephine (skull saw), on loan from the Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, is on display in "Cost of Revolution."
A trephine (skull saw), on loan from the Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, is on display in "Cost of Revolution."
Art in the Age will be providing a special release tasting of “Graverobber” in Cross Keys Café. The unholy rye whiskey is infused with maple syrup tapped from graveside maple trees. This rare spirit will be available to attendees while supplies last.

Kick-off Philly Cider Week with a special cider cocktail competition. In the Museum's Cross Keys Cafe from 5:00-7:30 pm, select local restaurants will revive 18th-century cider “cocktails” using the base of Frecon Farms Cider while supplies last. Guests will have the chance to vote on whose cider takes home the title from the choices of Bottle Bar East, Martha, Prohibition Taproom, Schuylkill Cider House, and Tria Taproom.

Looking ahead, History After Hours offers more fun and programming for only $10 at “Comic Relief”, November 19th, and “Camped Out” on December 10th.

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 www.AmRevMuseum.org or call 877.740.1776. 

About the Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia
The Museum displays its beautifully preserved collection of anatomical specimens, models, and medical instruments in a nineteenth-century “cabinet museum” setting. To commemorate the 1918-19 influenza pandemic in Philadelphia that killed 20,000 people and the patriotic parade that helped spread the disease, the Mütter Museum will launch the most ambitious exhibition in its 156-year history. Spit Spreads Death: The Influenza Pandemic in Philadelphia is the Mütter Museum’s newest permanent exhibition that opens on October 17, 2019. More than just an exhibition, this comprehensive project involves a collaborative effort by historians, artists, and community health groups to produce many events and interactive components.”