Acclaimed Filmmaker Ken Burns to Receive “Gerry Lenfest Spirit of the American Revolution Award” in April 2019
The Museum of the American Revolution today announced that acclaimed documentary filmmaker Ken Burns will receive the Gerry Lenfest Spirit of the American Revolution Award in April 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.
The Museum of the American Revolution today announced the appointment of Dr. R. Scott Stephenson, currently Vice President of Collections, Exhibitions, and Programming for the Museum, as President and CEO, effective Nov. 1, 2018. Since 2007, Stephenson has led the development of the Museum’s award-winning exhibitions, multimedia experiences, and educational programming, as well as overseeing the care and expansion of its rich collection of art and artifacts.
Meet the Props Designer Behind Broadway’s Hamilton Musical at Halloween-Themed History After Hours Event, Oct. 23
Called “a props shaman” by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the New York-based artist and self-proclaimed “proptologist” Jay Duckworth will speak at the Museum of the American Revolution as part of a Halloween-themed History After Hours event on Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 5 – 8 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to come in costume.
More than 200,000 people fought for American independence during the Revolutionary War. During Veterans Day Weekend, the Museum of the American Revolution will honor America’s first veterans as well as those who have served and continue to serve our nation today.
Museum of the American Revolution Names Harvard University Historian and Author Jane Kamensky as New Board Member
The Museum of the American Revolution today announced the election of Harvard University historian and author Dr. Jane Kamensky as the newest member of the Museum’s Board of Directors.
Coinciding with Philly Fashion Week, a Revolutionary fashion-themed event at the Museum of the American Revolution on Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 5pm - 8pm will explore the materials and messages behind the fashion choices of the Revolutionary era.
This Columbus Day weekend, the Museum of the American Revolution will host an Indigenous Peoples Celebration from Thursday, Oct. 4 – Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, in partnership with the Oneida Indian Nation. The celebration of indigenous peoples and cultures will include performances by Oneida Indian Nation dancers, demonstrations by native craftspeople, and an evening panel discussion.
In Hamilton Was Here: Rising Up in Revolutionary Philadelphia, the Museum of the American Revolution will highlight the surprising connections between our own city and Hamilton’s extraordinary contributions to the nation’s founding. The experience will run from Oct. 27, 2018 – March 17, 2019. It is free with regular museum admission.
Historian Joanne Freeman to Discuss New Book on Congressional Violence and How it Helped Spark Civil War, Oct. 18
In her new book, The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War, Joanne Freeman explores the discord, divisiveness, and outright violence among members of Congress in the 19th century, and what it suggests about the institution of Congress, the challenges of a young nation’s developing democracy, and the deep-seated roots of the Civil War. She will discuss The Field of Blood at the Museum of the American Revolution on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
In the fall of 1777, Philadelphia – the Revolutionary capital at the time – was seized by the British and occupied for nine long months, with Independence Hall serving as a prison for American prisoners-of-war. The Museum of the American Revolution will recreate the dark days of the British occupation during Occupied Philadelphia, a two-day living history event on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20 – 21. Throughout the weekend, the Museum will offer guided walking tours, special programming, and family-friendly activities exploring what life was like in the city while British forces controlled it.