May 12, 2020

Museum Commemorates Memorial Day Weekend Virtually

Watch a Video Presentation on Memorialization, Create a Commemorative Ribbon, and Color a Message of Gratitude to Send to Service Members

The Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier. Photo Credit: Ken Thomas.
The Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier. Photo Credit: Ken Thomas.
This Memorial Day Weekend, the Museum of the American Revolution will pay tribute – virtually – to the men and women who lost their lives in service to our country and will celebrate the freedoms they fought to secure for future generations. From Saturday, May 23 - Monday, May 25, 2020, the Museum’s free virtual offerings will include a video presentation on memorialization, an exploration of the Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier, and make-at-home craft activities. 

Through a special video presentation with Associate Curator Matthew Skic, learn about memorialization in the Museum’s galleries through the stories of Revolutionary soldiers and officers such as Polish cavalryman Casimir Pulaski, Colonel Jonathan Pettibone, and Gershom Prince, a Black soldier who was killed in action. Tune in on Facebook on Saturday, May 23 at 10 a.m.

Kids are encouraged to download, print, and color a coloring page from the Museum with a special message of gratitude for service members. The coloring page, which will be posted on Facebook on Sunday, May 24, features Washington’s Standard, the flag that marked General George Washington’s presence on the battlefield during the Revolutionary War, which is in the Museum’s collection. Instructions for mailing the picture – or other cards and letters – to service members are available here.

Follow the Museum’s how-to instructions to create your own commemorative ribbon craft, based on silk ribbons given to Revolutionary War veterans. The craft will be posted on our website and Facebook on Monday, May 25 at 8 a.m. Be sure to share your work on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and tag @AmRevMuseum.

Learn about the Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier at Independence National Historical Park’s Washington Square – located just two blocks from the Museum – where thousands of Revolutionary soldiers lie buried in a mass grave. An illustrated blog post will be posted on our website and Facebook on Monday, May 25 at 1 p.m.

Explore the Museum’s Virtual Museum Tour and Virtual Field Trip anytime to learn the stories of the diverse range of people who served and sacrificed during the American Revolution.

Memorial Day Weekend with the Museum is sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal.
 

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.