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Museum of the American Revolution - a history refresher

Cuttoe (sword) and scabbard, Philadelphia, 1770; George Washington carried this sword at the beginning of the American Revolution; following political upheaval in 1769 colonists started boycotting British goods

Cuttoe (sword) and scabbard, Philadelphia, 1770; George Washington carried this sword at the beginning of the American Revolution; following political upheaval in 1769 colonists started boycotting British goods

Tape Loom, Lancaster County PA, 1768; women contributed to the boycott of British goods by making linen tape (small strips of cloth were called tape); admission was a steep $21

Tape Loom, Lancaster County PA, 1768; women contributed to the boycott of British goods by making linen tape (small strips of cloth were called tape); admission was a steep $21

This letter from John Adams to his wife Abigail on April 14, 1776, is part of a series on display where Abigail is speaking up for women's rights; David McCullough's best-selling book on John Adams relied on the thousands of letters that Adams saved

This letter from John Adams to his wife Abigail on April 14, 1776, is part of a series on display where Abigail is speaking up for women's rights; David McCullough's best-selling book on John Adams relied on the thousands of letters that Adams saved

Rifle, Christian's Spring PA, 1774; this rifle was made in a Moravian Church-sponsored community following German traditions; just two days after my visit, the museum closed for the rest of the year due to Covid

Rifle, Christian's Spring PA, 1774; this rifle was made in a Moravian Church-sponsored community following German traditions; just two days after my visit, the museum closed for the rest of the year due to Covid

This is one of two 1774 Windsor chairs which would have been used by speaker and president Peyton Randolph at the First Continental Congress; unlike the furniture at Independence Hall, these chairs miraculously survived the British occupation

This is one of two 1774 Windsor chairs which would have been used by speaker and president Peyton Randolph at the First Continental Congress; unlike the furniture at Independence Hall, these chairs miraculously survived the British occupation

The museum had many elaborate displays depicting different facets of the war; any interactive component of the museum was off-limits because of the pandemic

The museum had many elaborate displays depicting different facets of the war; any interactive component of the museum was off-limits because of the pandemic

This bronze sculpture outside the museum recreates the famous painting of Washington Crossing the Delaware on December 25, 1776; the work is by a naturalized Asian-American in gratitude of her new citizenship

This bronze sculpture outside the museum recreates the famous painting of Washington Crossing the Delaware on December 25, 1776; the work is by a naturalized Asian-American in gratitude of her new citizenship

George Washington, Joseph Wright, 1784; Washington thought this portrait was a better likeness of him than any other painter had done; it doesn't look like the General had been starving during the war

George Washington, Joseph Wright, 1784; Washington thought this portrait was a better likeness of him than any other painter had done; it doesn't look like the General had been starving during the war

This map shows the Battle of Guilford Courthouse (in what is today Greensboro) between Generals Greene and Cornwallis; the British force suffered many casualties in their defeat of the Americans despite having less than half as many troops

This map shows the Battle of Guilford Courthouse (in what is today Greensboro) between Generals Greene and Cornwallis; the British force suffered many casualties in their defeat of the Americans despite having less than half as many troops

This is Martha Washington's personal copy of A Help and Guide to Christian Families (1752); Martha joined her husband in camp during each winter of the war; the museum would be great for high school students

This is Martha Washington's personal copy of A Help and Guide to Christian Families (1752); Martha joined her husband in camp during each winter of the war; the museum would be great for high school students

A Massachusetts woman dressed in men's clothes to fight in the Continental Army's light infantry; she suffered multiple wounds but recovered and wore this dress to her wedding in 1785

A Massachusetts woman dressed in men's clothes to fight in the Continental Army's light infantry; she suffered multiple wounds but recovered and wore this dress to her wedding in 1785

This 1775 wallet is stitched with the owner's name on the inside; his home was directly across the Schuykill River from the Continental Army's camp at Valley Forge; we watched a 12 minute film before seeing Washington's actual tent from Valley Forge

This 1775 wallet is stitched with the owner's name on the inside; his home was directly across the Schuykill River from the Continental Army's camp at Valley Forge; we watched a 12 minute film before seeing Washington's actual tent from Valley Forge

The Siege of Yorktown, Henry LeGrand, 1850; this is a copy of an 1836 painting that hangs in the Hall of Battle at the Palace of Versailles; French General Rochambeau is gesturing and the Marquis de Lafayette is on Washington's right

The Siege of Yorktown, Henry LeGrand, 1850; this is a copy of an 1836 painting that hangs in the Hall of Battle at the Palace of Versailles; French General Rochambeau is gesturing and the Marquis de Lafayette is on Washington's right

This powder horn from Captain Thomas DeWitt shows a rare plan of Fort Schuyler which he successfully defended in 1777; there was a great deal of info to read while I wish there had been more artifacts like this

This powder horn from Captain Thomas DeWitt shows a rare plan of Fort Schuyler which he successfully defended in 1777; there was a great deal of info to read while I wish there had been more artifacts like this

The July 6, 1776 edition of the Pennsylvania Evening Post was the very first newspaper printing of the Declaration of Independence; on July 7 John Adams mailed Abigail a copy of the newspaper to help spread the word

The July 6, 1776 edition of the Pennsylvania Evening Post was the very first newspaper printing of the Declaration of Independence; on July 7 John Adams mailed Abigail a copy of the newspaper to help spread the word

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