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Historical Exhibits of the Museum of the American Revolution

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Historical Exhibits of the Museum of the American Revolution

The Museum of the American Revolution is a museum dedicated to the story of the American Revolution. The museum has a collection of several thousand objects including artwork and sculpture, textiles and weapons, manuscripts and rare books relevant to the American Revolution.

Historical Exhibits of the Museum of the American Revolution

  • George Washington’s War Tent
    • One of the most iconic artefacts from the American Revolutionary War is the field tent used by General George Washington as his wartime headquarters. George Washington used it from 1778 – 1783, and it witnessed many historic moments during the War of Independence.
  • Inn Sign from The “General Wolfe” Tavern
    • This Inn Sign hung outside the “General Wolfe” tavern in Brooklyn, Connecticut, before the American Revolution of 1765 – 1783. Images of British heroes played a role in forging the colonialists’ sense of British identity. American place names reflected this British identity. George Washington’s home “Mount Vernon” was named in honour of British Admiral Edward Vernon, a hero of the wars in South America.
  • British Newspaper with a Tax Stamp
    • This British Newspaper bears a Tax Stamp used in the British Isles. The 1765 Stamp Act required documents to be printed on paper that was taxed. An elaborate emblem that included royal symbols was needed on to be printed or attached to documents and papers. The paper was stamped in Britain, sent to the colonies and sold by government-appointed officials. The emblem proved that tax had been paid. The American Colonists argued that only their local colonial assemblies could enact such a tax. The Stamp Act was one of the catalysts for the American Revolution.
  • The March to Valley Forge” by William Brooke Thomas Trego
    • “The March to Valley Forge” by William B. T. Trego depicts George Washington and the veterans of his army limping into their winter encampment in Valley Forge. Valley Forge was the military camp 18 miles (29 km) northwest of Philadelphia where the American Continental Army spent the winter of 1777–78.
  • Proclamation of Rebellion, August 23, 1775
    • Proclamation of Rebellion from August 23, 1775, was officially titled “A Proclamation for Suppressing Rebellion and Sedition”, and was the response of George III of Great Britain to the news of the “Battle of Bunker Hill” at the start of the American Revolutionary War. It declared elements of the American colonies in a state of “open and avowed rebellion”. It ordered officials of the British Empire “to use their utmost endeavours to withstand and suppress such rebellion”. The Proclamation encouraged subjects throughout the Empire, including those in Great Britain, to report anyone carrying on “traitorous correspondence” with the rebels so that they could be punished.
  • Proclamation by William Howe, General and Commander-in-Chief
    • This Proclamation by William Howe, General and Commander-in-Chief, was an appeal to the American loyalists for help. British strategists believed that the Revolutionaries were in a minority of the population and that the Loyalists would flock to support the King.
  • “Common Sense” by Thomas Paine
    • “Common Sense” by Thomas Paine was written in 1775–76 as a pamphlet advocating for the independence of the Thirteen Colonies. Paine used persuasive moral and political arguments to encourage the common people in the Colonies to fight for an egalitarian government. It was published anonymously at the beginning of the American Revolution and became an immediate best seller. Paine connected independence with common Protestant beliefs to present a distinctly American political identity, structuring Common Sense as if it were a sermon.
  • “Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral” by Phillis Wheatley
    • “Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral” by Phillis Wheatley is a collection of 39 poems written by the first African-American, to ever be published. Published in 1773, she was a Negro Servant to Mr John Wheatley, of Boston, in New England. Phillis Wheatley broke barriers as the first American black woman poet to be published, opening the door for future black authors. She is also the first in order of time of all the women poets of America. And she is among the first female American poets to issue a book of Poems.

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“We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.”
― Benjamin Franklin

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