On April 11, acclaimed documentary filmmaker Ken Burns was presented with the Gerry Lenfest Spirit of the American Revolution Award in a ceremony at Philadelphia’s Museum of the American Revolution. The award recognized his more than four decades of masterful storytelling about our nation’s history and its Revolutionary spirit.
Film Screening and Discussion with Historian and “Photo Detective” Maureen Taylor and Filmmaker Pam Pacelli Cooper, April 30
At the Museum of the American Revolution on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 from 6 -8 p.m., Maureen Taylor and Pam Pacelli Cooper will screen two short films from the series, followed by a discussion of their journey of collaboration in bringing these photographs to life using genealogical and historical research.
Experience Life in the Continental Army During Spring Break at the Museum of the American Revolution
Each spring during the Revolutionary War, the armies shook the rust off and resupplied. During Spring Break from April 13 – April 28, 2019 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., visitors can participate in family-friendly activities and demonstrations that explore what life was like for the Continental Army and its followers.
Acclaimed Filmmaker Ken Burns to Receive Lenfest Award at the Museum of the American Revolution, April 11
Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Ken Burns will receive the Gerry Lenfest Spirit of the American Revolution Award in a ceremony at the Museum of the American Revolution on Thursday, April 11, 2019. Through more than four decades of masterful storytelling, Burns has illuminated the people, places, and events that shaped our nation’s history and the bold American spirit at its core.
In 1789, Benjamin Franklin famously wrote that “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” On Tuesday, April 16, 2019 from 5 – 8 p.m., join the Museum of the American Revolution for “Death and Taxes,” a post-tax-day bash with free Bluecoat Elderflower Gin cocktail samplings from Philadelphia Distilling, Ben Franklin trivia, and a lively discussion about a Founding Father who had many up-close-and-personal encounters with death.
The Museum of the American Revolution will receive an Institutional Award of Merit from PA Museums at the statewide museum association’s Annual Statewide Museum Conference for Revolution Place, the Museum’s new discovery center. The awards ceremony will be at the Brandywine River Museum of Art at 4 p.m. on Monday, April 8, 2019.
Pulitzer Prize-Winner Laurel Ulrich Reflects on “The Age of Homespun” During Women’s History Month, March 28
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian of early America and the history of women Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, 300th Anniversary University Professor emerita at Harvard University, will join the Museum of the American Revolution on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 6 p.m. to reflect on her pioneering work The Age of Homespun: Objects and Stories in the Creation of an American Myth, during Women’s History Month.
Broadway’s smash hit Hamilton: An American Musical has undoubtedly ignited a revival of interest in early American history, but where does history end and theater begin? On Wednesday, April 3, 2019 from 6 – 8 p.m., the Museum of the American Revolution will host "Historians on Hamilton," an evening panel discussion on balancing artistic license with historical accuracy, and how theater professionals and historians can work together to inspire new generations of audiences through storytelling.
Author and Historian Katharine Gerbner to Discuss Slavery in the Quaker World During the 17th Century, April 10
Author and historian Dr. Katharine Gerbner will join the Museum of the American Revolution on April 10, 2019 at 6 p.m. to explore the early history of slavery within the Quaker community and how it contributed to modern concepts of race.
Sip a cocktail inspired by Martha Washington’s recipe, test your knowledge of women’s history with a trivia contest, make-your-own button featuring quotes from inspirational women, and learn about legacy-making ladies of the Revolution on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 from 5 – 8 p.m., during Women’s History Month at the Museum of the American Revolution.