Press Room

July 01, 2010

Happy Birthday America!

PHILADELPHIA – July 1, 2010 – On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress voted to adopt the Declaration of Independence. Many people learned of the historic vote by reading their newspaper, the Pennsylvania Evening Post. A copy of this newspaper survived the centuries and is now a part of The American Revolution Center’s (ARC) collection.

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July 02, 2010

Beyond Bells and Bonfires

PHILADELPHIA – July 2, 2010 – John Adams hoped for the fireworks, as well as "general knowledge" of what they celebrate.

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September 13, 2010

Museum Site Secured Through Historic Land Exchange

PHILADELPHIA – September 13, 2010 – The American Revolution Center (Center) has secured a site at 3rd and Chestnut Streets in historic Philadelphia to build the nation’s first museum dedicated to telling the entire story of The American Revolution. Located just steps from Independence Hall, the First Bank of the United States and Carpenter’s Hall, where the First Continental Congress met in 1774, the museum will house the Center’s distinguished collection of objects, artifacts and manuscripts from the American Revolution.

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November 30, 2010

American Revolution Center and The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Present Lecture on Benjamin Rush

PHILADELPHIA – November 30, 2010 – On Tuesday, November 30, The American Revolution Center and The College of Physicians of Philadelphia are co-sponsoring a lecture to be held at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, exploring the life of Benjamin Rush. Dr. William Durden, Ph.D., President of Dickinson College, will be the guest speaker. The lecture is supported by a grant from the Richard Lounsbery Foundation.


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May 19, 2011

Rare Objects from the American Revolution Center Collection on Display Through Loans to the Historic Mount Vernon and the National Constitution Center

PHILADELPHIA – May 19, 2011 – The American Revolution Center has loaned over thirty firearms, edged weapons and other military equipment from the Revolutionary War to George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens for a three-year exhibit titled Tools of War. The exhibit opened May 2, 2011 in the Gordon V. and Helen C. Smith Foundation Gallery at Mount Vernon’s Donald W. Reynolds Education Center.

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June 30, 2011

Senate Passes Resolution Recognizing the Importance of The Museum of the American Revolution

PHILADELPHIA – June 30, 2011 – On June 29, the Senate unanimously passed a resolution sponsored by Senator Bob Casey recognizing The American Revolution Center’s role in telling the story of the American Revolution and its continuing impact on the struggle for freedom, self-government and the rule of law throughout the world; and encouraging the Center in its efforts to build a new Museum of the American Revolution.

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October 12, 2011

The American Revolution Center: Who Cares? Test Your Knowledge on the Retooled Website

PHILADELPHIA – October 12, 2011 – The American Revolution Center (the “Center”) has retooled its website (, with new, interactive features. Visitors to the site now have the opportunity to take the Center’s national survey, The American Revolution: Who Cares? and compare their answers filtered by state, political affiliation, gender and income. The 2009 survey demonstrated the overwhelming interest adult Americans have in learning more about the American Revolution.

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January 26, 2012

American Revolution Center Launches New Interactive iPad App


PHILADELPHIA, PA– January 26, 2012 – The American Revolution Center has developed an iPad app that allows users to explore highlights from the Center’s collection. Titled American Revolution Interactive Timeline, the free app was designed specifically for iPad, and offers beautiful imagery, video, and information through an interactive timeline that showcases original artwork, weapons, clothing, manuscripts and rare books from the Center’s collection. The app is available through iTunes.

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February 14, 2012

American Revolution Center Names Michael C. Quinn as President and CEO

PHILADELPHIA, PA– February 14, 2012 – H.F. (Gerry) Lenfest, chairman of The American Revolution Center today announced that Michael C. Quinn will join the organization as president and CEO effective April 1, 2012. Quinn will oversee all aspects of the development of The Museum of the American Revolution, to be built in the historic area of Philadelphia. Since 1999, Quinn has served as president and CEO of The Montpelier Foundation.

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