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Memorial Day Weekend at the Am Rev Museum

The Museum of the American Revolution will host a Memorial Day Weekend celebration to pay tribute onsite and online to the men and women who lost their lives in service to their country during the Revolutionary War and celebrate the freedom they secured for future generations. Veterans, military, and Blue Star Families enjoy free admission through Memorial Day Weekend, from May 27 through May 30.

The Am Rev Museum’s special exhibition, Liberty: Don Troiani’s Paintings of the Revolutionary War, is now open through September 5. Troiani had dedicated his artistic career to transforming modern understanding of what the Revolutionary War looked like. His art demonstrates a combination of historical research, technical skill, and artistic drama. Troiani’s work has been on display at the National Park Service and the Smithsonian Institution to help tell the stories of past peoples and events.

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here. For a virtual tour of Liberty: Don Troiani’s Paintings of the Revolutionary War, click here.

Dissecting the Declaration at the Museum of the Am Rev

The Museum of the American Revolution will host a virtual event Dissecting the Declaration on May 25 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Although independence was approved in 1776, the ramifications of the Declaration of Independence extended into the future and impact society today. Educators are invited to this free workshop to take a closer look at the Declaration of Independence and analyze its context and legacy.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required for the event, click here to register. Upon registration, a link will be sent through email for Zoom connection details.

The Brethren: A Story of Faith and Conspiracy in Revolutionary America with Brendan McConville

The American Philosophical Society will host a discussion with Brendan McConville on his new book “The Brethren: A Story of Faith and Conspiracy in Revolutionary America” on May 24 at 7 pm at Washington Crossing Historic Park, Washington Crossing, PA.

The Brethren were a group of North Carolina farmers who devised a plan to assassinate leading patriots in the colony because they feared “enlightened” deist principles would be enshrined in the state constitution and displace their Protestant faith. Throughout the book, McConville traces the Brethren as they drew up plans for violent action. In the summer of 1777, Patriot militiamen threatened to arrest the Brethren as British sympathizers. In response, the Brethren tried to spread false rumors of a slave insurrection in hopes of gaining loyalist support. A disaffected insider denounced the movement to authorities and many members of the Brethren were put on trial as a result.

As part of a larger Southern movement of conscription resistance, the conspiracy offers a complexity of public opinion regarding the American Revolution. The Brethren thought Patriot leaders threatened their religious freedom when in reality both religious freedom and individual liberty were and still are ascribed to the Founding generation.

The event is in person and will be held at Washington Crossing Historic Park. Registration is required to attend. To register for the event, click here. For more information on the event, click here.

Special Topics on the American Revolution at The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History 

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History hosts two special topic events on the American Revolution as part of their 2022 Teacher Seminars.

Revolutionary America with Denver Brunsman (The George Washington University), will take place the week of August 1.

Live Sessions:

  • Scholar Session and Pedagogy Session: August 1, 6:00–8:00 p.m. ET
  • Scholar Session: August 2, 6:00–7:00 p.m. ET
  • Scholar Session and Pedagogy Session: August 3, 6:00–8:00 p.m. ET
  • Final Open Discussion: August 4, 6:00–6:30 p.m. ET

The American Revolution is a significant event in our nation’s history but is also misunderstood by the general public. Through the scholarly sessions, participants will gain insights into complex ideas on scholarly approaches to colonial resistance to British rule, the debate over independence, and the American victory in the Revolutionary War.

Participants will also consider marginalized figures and groups who challenge conventional interpretations of the Revolution including loyalists, women, African Americans, and Native Americans. The sessions will also examine the birth of a new and fractious style of politics that emerged after American independence under the Article of Confederation and the United States Constitution.

Women in the American Revolution with Carol Berkin (Baruch College, CUNY), will take place the week of June 27

Live Sessions:

  • Scholar Session and Pedagogy Session: June 27, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. ET
  • Scholar Session: June 28, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. ET
  • Scholar Session and Pedagogy Session: June 29, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. ET
  • Final Open Discussion: June 30, 11:00–11:30 a.m. ET

The scholarly sessions explore the many roles women played during the Revolutionary War, from protests and boycotts to the American victory. Participants will examine the changing gender roles and ideas spurred by women’s participation in the creation of the new republic. The seminars also look at the impact the course of the war had on Native American and African American women. Work of Female propagandists, poets, fundraisers, and stories of women who traveled with the Continental Army, spies, messengers, soldiers, and saboteurs will demonstrate the sacrifices they made for the political cause they embraced.

For more information on the sessions and to register, click here.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to K–12 history education while also serving the general public. Its mission is to promote the knowledge and understanding of American history through educational programs and resources.

The Thomas Jefferson Statue in Context at the New York Historical Society

The New York Historical Society installed the seven-foot-tall plaster sculpture of Thomas Jefferson, which once stood in the Aldermanic (now City Council) Chamber, on the 1st floor, Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History. The statue was installed on April 13 and is an ongoing exhibition.

The Thomas Jefferson Statue in Context will offer an interpretation of Jefferson within a historical context. The seven-foot-tall plaster sculpture of Thomas Jefferson, which references his authorship of the Declaration of Independence, is a plaster cast of the bronze version on display in the Capitol rotunda in Washington, D.C. It is the work of nineteenth-century French monument maker Pierre-Jean David d’Angers. The statue was privately commissioned by New York real estate investor Uriah P. Levy (1792-1862) as a gift to the nation to commemorate Jefferson’s advocacy of religious freedom. Because of Jefferson’s complex legacy and history as an enslaver he was relocated to be interpreted within a historical context.

For additional information on “The Thomas Jefferson Statue in Context,” click here. To purchase tickets, click here. The New-York Historical Society offers on-site and online visitors a vast collection of art, objects, artifacts, and documents and ongoing collecting programs that offer a broad grasp of history’s importance and central role in explaining the present.







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