Revolutionary Summer

July 4 – September 15, 2019

Journey back to the Revolutionary War, a time of cavalry, militia drills, metalsmiths, and spies. A Museum-wide celebration, Revolutionary Summer showcases something new each weekend, when our outdoor courtyard becomes a Continental Army encampment. Visit a replica of George Washington's Headquarters Tent—on loan from the Museum of the American Revolution—enjoy rousing fife and drum music, and meet fascinating Living Historians from all walks of life. Throughout the week, check out fun events for all ages, including trivia nights, a scavenger hunt, and a DJ party. Learn more here.

Explore amazing art and artifacts from the Revolutionary era throughout the Museum during the week and on weekends! Among the highlights: a recently discovered watercolor painting of the 1782 Continental Army encampment at Verplanck’s Point, New York; a stunning diorama of the Continental Army; an iconic Gilbert Stuart portrait of Washington; a gilded horse's tail ripped from a statue of King George III by jubilant crowds in New York City in 1776; and a pipe tomahawk gifted by Washington to Seneca Chief Sagoyewatha. 

Also on view are precious documents from the Gilder Lehrman collection, including a rare copy of the Declaration of Independence printed by Peter Timothy in Charleston, SC, in 1776; a broadside from King George III officially ending the war; a letter by Martha Washington detailing life in the aftermath of the Revolution; and much more!

Lead support for Revolutionary Summer provided by the Achelis and Bodman Foundation. Additional support provided by Richard Brown and Mary Jo Otsea. Support for the Museum of the American Revolution’s participation in Revolutionary Summer is generously provided by William and Candace Raveis, Nancy and Morris W. Offit, and the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation. George Washington's Headquarters Tent replica courtesy of the Museum of the American Revolution.

Image: the original Tent on display at the Museum of the American Revolution (Courtesy of MoAR)

Exhibitions at New-York Historical are made possible by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, the Seymour Neuman Endowed Fund, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. WNET is the media sponsor.



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