Sword of Revolutionary War General Hugh Mercer Presented to Museum by St. Andrew’s Society of Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 12, 2017 — A sword that belonged to General Hugh Mercer, a fallen hero of the American Revolution and a close friend of George Washington, was presented to the Museum of the American Revolution by the St. Andrew’s Society of Philadelphia at a ceremony today, Jan. 12, the 240th anniversary of Mercer’s death. The sword will be on display at the new Museum when it opens to the public on April 19, 2017.
Washington’s Tent is the Centerpiece of the Museum’s Collection
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 31, 2017 — One of the most iconic surviving artifacts from the Revolutionary War, the field tent used as General George Washington’s wartime headquarters was installed in its new state-of-the-art home at the Museum of the American Revolution after a years-long process to conserve and display it.
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 4, 2017 — At its Dec. 13 meeting, the Board of Directors of the Museum of the American Revolution elected Stephen Schwab as its newest member. A partner in the Chicago office of the global law firm of DLA Piper LLP (US), Schwab concentrates much of his international commerce practice in the areas of insurance and reinsurance regulation, transactions, dispute resolution and receiverships. He will complete the term of Carl Buchholz, Vice-Chairman of the Museum’s Board and a partner with DLA Piper, who passed away earlier this year.
“Holy Grail” of American Ceramics Found During Archaeological Excavation of New Museum Site in Philadelphia
Discovery Marks First Physical Proof of American-Made Hard-Paste Porcelain
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 3, 2017 — At first glance it may seem unassuming, but a small, white bowl uncovered during an archaeological excavation in Philadelphia has thrilled the ceramics world. The bowl marks the first physical proof of American-made true, hard-paste porcelain ever found.
Founding Chairman H.F. (Gerry) Lenfest Named Chairman Emeritus
PHILADELPHIA, DEC. 14, 2016 — The Museum of the American Revolution announced today that General John P. Jumper was unanimously elected as Chairman of the Museum’s Board of Directors. Founding Museum Board Chairman H.F. (Gerry) Lenfest was elected Chairman Emeritus in recognition of his 11 years of extraordinary service.
PHILADELPHIA, NOV. 21, 2016 — Looking for a unique present for a friend or family member this holiday season? Give the gift of unlimited admission to the new Museum of the American Revolution, which opens to the public on April 19, 2017, in the heart of historic Philadelphia.
PHILADELPHIA, NOV. 7, 2016 — A realistic recreation of America’s first Liberty Tree was recently installed in the new Museum of the American Revolution, one of several immersive environments that will bring to life the dramatic story of our nation's founding when the Museum opens on April 19, 2017. The nearly two-story tree is 18 feet tall and weighs 2,000 pounds.
During the decade preceding the Revolutionary War, Liberty Trees became gathering places where the first stirrings of revolt against the British empire were discussed and debated.
PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 4, 2016 — The Museum of the American Revolution today announced the hiring of Michael Viteo as Chief of Security. Viteo is a seasoned public safety professional with more than 35 years of experience with the Philadelphia Police Department.
Philadelphia, PA, Nov. 2, 2016— The Museum of the American Revolution today announced the hiring of curator Mark A. Turdo. Turdo brings to the Museum more than 20 years of experience in almost every aspect of modern museum work, from curatorial and programmatic to leadership and management.
Philadelphia, PA, Oct. 13, 2016 — On Oct. 19, 1781, British General Charles Cornwallis surrendered his army of nearly 9,000 at Yorktown, Virginia, the last major land battle of America’s Revolutionary War. This marked a major milestone along the journey to American Independence.
Exactly 235 years after the Surrender at Yorktown, the Museum of the American Revolution will also celebrate a milestone, as Oct. 19, 2016 officially marks six months before the new Museum opens to the public on April 19, 2017.