Virtual Fourth of July Celebration with the Museum of the American Revolution
*The event has already taken place on this date: Sat, 07/04/2020
Meet the Revolution
As part of the Museum’s Meet the Revolution series, costumed historical interpreters Kalela Williams and Noah Lewis will talk about bringing African American experiences of the Revolution to life in their work. On Saturday, Lewis will show a clip of his portrayal of Edward “Ned” Hector, a free African American man and soldier who fought in the Revolutionary War, one of nearly 5,000 people of color who fought during the American Revolution, followed by a personal discussion about his experiences in the field. On Sunday, Williams will discuss the character she portrays – an African American teacher in Philadelphia in 1790s – and explore the challenges of developing a character based on scant historical material.
Monday, June 29
Wawa Welcome America Day
As part of the citywide virtual Wawa Welcome America festival, the Museum will be offering family-friendly at-home experiences via its website and social media channels. With our Family Scavenger Hunt, explore our virtual galleries to learn about the American Revolution and its ongoing relevance. Then find objects, documents, and works of art and add up your points to see where you rank! And test your knowledge of the Revolutionary era with a multiple-choice quiz. Our mini-lesson plan for the week will “Dissect the Declaration” to learn more about its very words and global legacy.
Tuesday, June 30 at 6 p.m.
Read the Revolution Speaker Series with Caitlin Fitz
Join us virtually as author and historian Dr. Caitlin Fitz discusses her recent book, Our Sister Republics: The United States in an Age of American Revolutions (W.W. Norton, Liveright 2016), in conversation with Museum President and CEO Dr. R. Scott Stephenson. Fitz will draw on sources and archives in four languages to address how citizens of the new United States compared their Revolution and republicanism with Latin America’s independence movements. Fitz is an Associate Professor of History at Northwestern University. Registration is free.
Wednesday, July 1 at 10 a.m.
“History Has its Eyes on Us” with Paul Oakley Stovall and Joanne Freeman
In anticipation of the July 3rd release of Hamilton on Disney Plus, tune into the Museum’s Facebook page at 10 a.m. for a conversation with Chicago-based actor, playwright and activist Paul Oakley Stovall , who portrayed George Washington in Broadway’s Hamilton: An American Musical, and Yale University historian and Hamilton expert Dr. Joanne Freeman, with Museum President and CEO Dr. R. Scott Stephenson. The wide-ranging conversation will cover everything from how they fell in love with Hamilton to their thoughts on the power of history and theater, and the role of monuments in historical memory.
Thursday, July 2
Did you know that only one in three American citizens would be able to pass the Naturalization test that is required for U.S. citizenship, according to a recent survey? Test your knowledge of American history and government with our Citizenship Quiz, inspired by our Citizenship Initiative, which uses the Museum’s galleries to prepare Philadelphia-area immigrants for citizenship.
Friday, July 3
Hamilton Watch Party
On July 3, tune into Disney Plus for the premiere of Hamilton, a film adaptation of the Broadway smash hit musical. Follow along on Twitter as our curators and historians share historical commentary on the film. The Museum will also be sharing Hamilton-related activities on its website and social channels, including a dress-up Eliza Hamilton paper doll activity, Hamilton-inspired coloring pages, and a virtual “walking tour” that explores the city of Philadelphia when Hamilton called it home.
Saturday, July 4
Dig deeper with Dr. Philip Mead, the Museum’s Chief Historian and Director of Curatorial Affairs, and Adrienne Whaley, Senior Manager of K-12 Education, in a blog post about whether the Declaration of Independence is relevant today and what the “promise” of the American Revolution means to them.
The Museum’s Fourth of July Week Celebration is sponsored by Bank of America.
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