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December 20, 2018

18 Memorable Museum Moments from 2018

The Museum of the American Revolution marked its first full year in 2018 and it was a year of historic firsts! We welcomed more than 300,000 visitors from countries across the world, including 57,000 school kids, and served 9,000 members from every state in the nation. The Museum made history come alive for visitors through a whirlwind of special exhibits, engaging programming, and new acquisitions and discoveries. According to Lonely Planet, the Museum “has already made a name for itself as one of Philadelphia’s top attractions.”

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December 17, 2018

Author and Historian Mary Sarah Bilder Challenges Traditional Views on How James Madison Shaped the U.S. Constitution, Jan. 31

In her recent book, Madison's Hand: Revising the Constitutional Convention, author and historian Mary Sarah Bilder conducts an unprecedented investigation of the revisions Madison made to his notes for later publication. At the Museum of the American Revolution on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, at 6 p.m., she will discuss the significant ways in which his changes have altered our understanding of the Constitutional Convention and how those changes may have been driven by Madison’s personal and political views. The event is part of the Museum’s popular Read the Revolution Speaker Series.

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December 14, 2018

New Book Uses Archaeological Finds to Tell the Story of Philadelphia’s Transformation From the 17th Century to Today

One of the largest urban archaeology projects in Old City Philadelphia, the archaeological investigation of the site of the new Museum of the American Revolution prior to construction is now the subject of a new book, Archaeology at the Site of the Museum of the American Revolution: A Tale of Two Taverns and the Growth of Philadelphia (Temple University Press).

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December 13, 2018

Launch Event for New Young Adult Book on Ona Judge, George Washington’s Runaway Slave, Jan. 13

A new young adult book on the life of Ona Judge, the enslaved woman who escaped from George and Martha Washington, will mark its launch at the Museum of the American Revolution on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. The event will include a workshop and discussion with the book’s Philadelphia-based authors Erica Armstrong Dunbar and Kathleen Van Cleve. It marks the first event in the Museum’s new Write the Revolution series.

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November 27, 2018

Explore 18th-Century Life in Philadelphia this Winter Break

What were Philadelphia winters like for Alexander Hamilton? During Winter Break, Wednesday, Dec. 26 – Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, visitors to the Museum of the American Revolution can explore the city of Philadelphia as Hamilton would have experienced it. Visitors can learn about activities that would have taken place in the Museum’s neighborhood during the Revolutionary era, from dueling to dressmaking and more.

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November 15, 2018

Politics, Porcelain and Revolution: A Discussion and Demonstration with Ceramicist Michelle Erickson

Internationally acclaimed artist Michelle Erickson has created exquisite ceramic pieces for the major motion picture The Patriot, HBO’s series John Adams, and even for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Now she is joining the Museum of the American Revolution to showcase her scholarship and craftsmanship with a special evening program on Thursday, Dec. 6 and a live ceramic demonstration on Saturday, Dec. 8. The Museum will continue the ceramics-themed weekend with a create-your-own ice cream bowl workshop, in partnership with The Clay Studio, on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018.

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