Organizations around the region are planning for the 250th anniversary of the United States. Follow their news here.
The Archaeology of the Battle of Red Bank with Dr. Jennifer Janofsky
The West Deptford Free Public Library will host an in-person presentation on the archaeology of the Battle of Red Bank with Dr. Jennifer Janofsky on Thursday, September 8 at 2 p.m. Dr. Janofsky will discuss recent discoveries at the Red Bank Battlefield Park and the roles African American soldiers played at Fort Mercer.
Registration is required to attend. To register, contact the West Deptford Free Public Library at (856) 845-5593. For more information, click here.
Battle of Brandywine: 245th Anniversary Reenactment
Birmingham Township presents a historical reenactment of the Battle of Brandywine on Hallowed Ground on September 24 and 25 from 10 am – 4 pm.
For more information, click here.
Young Patriots Day 2022
The Princeton Battlefield Society will host its Young Patriots Day on Sunday, September 18. Young Patriots Day introduces children and families to the American Revolution and local history. The goal is to bring awareness, understanding, and appreciation of our nation’s history to young people.
For more information and to register for the event, click here.
Last Chance to View Liberty: Don Troiani’s Paintings of the Revolutionary War
September 5, 2022, is the last day to view to work of historical artist Don Troiani’s exhibition that brings compelling stories about the diverse people and complex events of the American Revolution to life at the Museum of the American Revolution.
John Dickinson Symposium: New Perspectives on the American Founding
The American Philosophical Society (APS), the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP), The Library Company of Philadelphia, and the McNeil Center for Early American Studies will host and jointly sponsor the John Dickinson Symposium: New Perspectives on the American Founding.
The event will commemorate the publication of the first volumes of The Complete Writings and Selected Correspondence of John Dickinson and will assemble a range of scholars from various disciplines doing new and original work on Dickinson.
Hosted in-person and virtually, the event will take place Thursday, October 20 at 6:00 pm with a Keynote Address at the APS by Jack N. Rakove, Professor of Political Science and Law, Stanford University, and Friday, October 21 from 8:45 am to 5:00 pm at the HSP followed by a Closing Reception at the Library Company.
For information on panels and to register, click here.
Living History Day: The Women’s Encampment at Dey Mansion
Learn about the role of camp followers in the Continental Army during the American Revolution at the Dey Mansion’s camp follower-focused encampment. The event will demonstrate the often-overlooked contributions that women and others made to Washington’s Army. Demonstrations will include cooking, washing of clothes, medical practices and more.
To RSVP, click here.
ITPS Constitution Day 2022
September 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Hosted by the Institute for Thomas Paine Studies and Iona University Arts Council, writer and director Ian Ruskin will perform “To Start the World Over Again: The Life of Thomas Paine.” To register, click here.
The March to Victory in Yorktown: The War of Independence in Raritan Landing & New Jersey 1781-1782
The Washington Rochambeau Revolutionary Route (W3R) New Jersey with The Middlesex County Division of History and Historic Preservation and The Metlar Bodine Museum present: The March to Victory in Yorktown: The War of Independence in Raritan Landing & New Jersey 1781 – 1782 by Dr. Robert Selig on Friday, August 26, 2022, at 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Selig is a long-time project historian for the W3R, which traces the route of the march that the two armies took from Newport, RI to Yorktown, VA.
For more information, click here.
The Revolutionary City: A Portal to the Nation’s Founding
The Revolutionary City project is a digital humanities initiative created by the American Philosophical Society, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and the Library Company of Philadelphia. In anticipation of the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, Revolutionary City is a portal where students, teachers, scholars, and lovers of history learn about diverse stories of the American Revolution from the perspective of early residents of America’s revolutionary city. Visit the ongoing project here.
Lecture on Medicine in the American Revolution
Ronald S. Gibbs, MD, of Stanford University, will discuss the world of medical practice during the Revolutionary War on June 16 from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Society of the Cincinnati’s headquarters, Anderson House in Washington, DC.
Gibbs will present a lecture on the various common diseases, forms of treatments, and other procedures the Continental Army endured throughout the conflict. The program accompanies the exhibition Saving Soldiers: Medical Practice in the Revolutionary War, currently on display until November 27, 2022.
The lecture will be held in person and virtually. Registration is required to attend. For additional information and to register, click here.
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.
Dissecting the Declaration at the Museum of the Am Rev
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.
Special Topics on the American Revolution at The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Revolutionary America with Denver Brunsman (The George Washington University), will take place the week of August 1.
- 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
- 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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