Lonnie G. Bunch III, the newly appointed 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, will make his only public appearance in Philadelphia as part of a national book tour at the Museum of the American Revolution on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019 at 6 p.m. He will discuss his forthcoming book A Fool’s Errand: Creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture in the Age of Bush, Obama, and Trump (Smithsonian Books, Sept. 24, 2019).
Revolutionary-Era Portrait of British Army Officer William Dansey and Flag He Captured to be Reunited for the First Time in Nearly a Century
Philadelphia’s Museum of the American Revolution and the Delaware Historical Society have teamed up to reunite a Revolutionary-era flag and portrait for the first time since 1927. The Delaware militia flag captured by British Army officer William Dansey in 1777 and Dansey’s 1781-1783 portrait will be on short-term display together at the Delaware Historical Society from Thursday, August 22 through Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019.
Author and Harvard Historian Maya Jasanoff to Explore the Stories of Loyalists, the Revolution’s “Losers”
The Museum of the American Revolution kicks off the third season of its popular Read the Revolution Speaker Series on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019 at 6 p.m. with author and Harvard University historian Maya Jasanoff discussing her groundbreaking book Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World.
Clean out those summer cobwebs and get your brain back in gear at the Museum of the American Revolution this Labor Day Weekend, Saturday, Aug. 31 through Monday, Sept. 2. Kids 12 and under will receive FREE admission to the Museum throughout the weekend.
Grab a cocktail and kick back for a Revolutionary Staycation right here at home – no passport or airfare necessary! Representatives from historic sites and landmarks from across Philadelphia and its surrounding countryside will gather at the Museum of the American Revolution to highlight stories told at their location with activities, replica objects, and takeaways. The event will take place on Tuesday, August 20, from 5 – 8 p.m.
Museum Pilots Citizenship Initiative to Prepare Philadelphia-Area Immigrants to Become Engaged U.S. Citizens
Philadelphia’s growing immigrant community represents nearly 15 percent of all city residents, approximately 64,000 of whom are eligible to become American citizens. This summer, the Museum of the American Revolution is piloting a new initiative to help aspiring citizens in the Philadelphia area prepare for U.S. citizenship. This marks the first time a program like this has been offered at a Philadelphia museum.
A newly launched virtual tour of the Museum of the American Revolution allows people from across the globe to experience the Museum’s award-winning, immersive galleries through 360-degree, high-resolution images. Visitors can prepare for an upcoming visit or take a deeper dive into the Museum’s expansive gallery space from their classroom or home at any time. The tour is available by visiting www.amrevmuseum.org/exhibits.
Museum Releases New Book on Discovery of Revolutionary-Era Watercolor Depicting George Washington’s War Tent
A new book released by the Museum of the American Revolution provides a rare eyewitness view into the Revolutionary War. The 117-page, hardcover publication explores the Museum’s May 2017 discovery of a watercolor painting featuring the only known depiction of General George Washington’s headquarters tent in the field – the very tent that is dramatically presented at the Museum.
Tickets are now on sale for the 2019 International Conference on the American Revolution from October 3 – 5, 2019, presented at the Museum of the American Revolution with the Pritzker Military Museum & Library. The three-day event will bring noted historians, writers and curators from Ireland, Scotland, England and the United States together to explore military, political, social, and artistic themes from the Age of Revolutions.
What was the soundtrack of 18th-century America? Every Saturday from July 13 through August 17 starting at 11 a.m., the Museum of the American Revolution will host Sounds of the Revolution, a series of free musical performances and hands-on demonstrations inside the Museum and on the outdoor plaza. Performances will include African drumming, traditional fife and drum, a sound effect – or foley – artist, gourd banjos and more.