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News from History Partners: The Museum of the American Revolution

31 Jul 2016, Posted by Founding Franklin in Press
Museum News: July 2016

Museum of the American Revolution

Did you hear? The Museum of the American Revolution will open its doors to the public on April 19, 2017!  Thanks to you and our over 10,000 supporters from all fifty states, we will bring the dramatic story America’s War for Independence home to Philadelphia, the headquarters of the Revolution. Huzzah!

As we prepare for our opening over the next nine months, your support is more important than ever. Help us meet our matching challenge grant and double your impact today!

Building Update
Over the summer months, work has progressed rapidly on the interior of the building. Recently workers began laying the stunning terrazzo floors in our central lobby and second floor central court. The rendering in the center shows the floor design and a glimpse of the skylight that will indirectly light the center of the Museum. On the left, you can see the nearly completed terrazzo floors at the base of the grand staircase, and the on the right is an up-close view of the skylight.
In the News
A painting from our collection, “Baron DeKalb introducing Lafayette to Silas Deane” is now at the Palace of Versailles included in their latest exhibition, “Versailles and the American Revolution” open from July 5 to October 2, 2016. Philly Voice wrote about all of the paintings from the Philadelphia area that are on view in this new exhibit.

Smithsonian.com featured a great article on the Museum’s opening and our incredible collection: “A New Museum Is Bringing Relics of the Revolutionary War Into Public View for the First Time in Decades

Archaeologists wrapped up their excavations on the Museum site last month and shared their incredible finds from the 18th and 19th centuries.  Many of the artifacts are joining the Museum’s collection, with the highlight of the finds, the Triphena bowl, going on display when we open in April.
Recent Events
Alexander Rose and the Culper Spy Ring
We recently held an event for our Revolution Society members with historian and author Alexander Rose at Freeman’s Auction House.  Rose, the author of Washington’s Spies and advisor to the AMC show, “Turn,” (based on Rose’s book) spoke about the Culper Ring and espionage during the Revolutionary War.
VP of Exhibitions, Collections, and Programming, Dr. Scott Stephenson sat down with Alex to chat about the process of translating history into a television drama. Check out theirdiscussion!
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