Members - 2017 meeting dates are now available on the Upcoming Meetings page. While you are in the members' section visit the Photos page to see photographs from the Fall meeting.
Saving the Battlefield Where Washington Saved the Revolution - The Princeton battlefield is a living memorial to the brave soldiers who stood their ground on that field nearly 240 years ago, enduring hardships and hazards to forge the nation we are today. A critical portion of Princeton battlefield is under imminent threat of development. The Institute for Advanced Study wants to build faculty housing on property identified by the National Park Service, historians and archaeologists as the site of the right wing of Washington’s famous charge – the attack that decided the battle. In response to the Institute’s plans, nine national and regional history and conservation groups formed the Save Princeton Coalition to voice support for the preservation of the Washington’s charge site. Please visit the Campaign 1776 website to see how you can help save Princeton Battlefield.
Yorktown Victory Center - Near the battlefield where allied American and French forces won the decisive battle of the American Revolution in 1781, the Yorktown Victory Center chronicles the Revolutionary period, from colonial unrest to the formation of the new nation. Work is now underway on transforming the Yorktown Victory Center into the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Expansive permanent exhibition galleries and a new introductory film will debut October 15, 2016 in the recently completed building, and visitors will be welcomed in expanded and upgraded settings for the encampment and farm in early 2017. For more information, please visit. http://www.historyisfun.org/yorktown-victory-center/
Museum of the American Revolution – The Grand Opening of the Museum of the American Revolutions is scheduled for April 17, 2017 in Philadelphia. They have an impressive collection of several thousand objects, works of art, manuscripts, and printed works from the period of the American Revolution. The collection began more than a century ago when a history-minded minister in Valley Forge raised funds from around the nation to purchase the original tent that George Washington used as his command center during the American Revolution. It was the beginning of a rich and diverse collection that continues to grow. The collection includes objects that span the scope of the war—from British, French, and American arms used in battles to a soldier's wooden canteen branded "UStates," at a time when the phrase was merely an aspiration.
Alexander Hamilton Resources on the Gilder Lehrman Website - Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller and Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, The Rockefeller Foundation, NYC Department of Education, and Gilder Lehrman announce an educational partnership to provide 20,000 NYC Title I public school students with the opportunity to see Hamilton on Broadway and integrate the show into classroom studies. This educational initiative is made possible through a $1.46 million grant by The Rockefeller Foundation to Gilder Lehrman.
NYC has a lot more Revolutionary War history than you might think – By SHEILA ANNE FEENEY. Many New Yorkers are woefully ignorant about their city’s revolutionary roots. It’s not all our fault. NYC does not abound in landmarks that remind us of our role in the battle for independence because “there is no premium put on saving history in New York City,” and real estate interests reliably trump those of history’s champions, said Edwin G. Burrows, distinguished professor of history at Brooklyn College.
Almost all physical historical evidence of NYC as it was in the 1770s, with the notable exception of Saint Paul’s Church downtown (and the Morris-Jumel Mansion uptown), has been obliterated, Burrows said. At the same time, there are aspects of the city’s role in the war that many may prefer not to recall. After George Washington defeated the British in Boston in 1776, he was outflanked and outmanned in the disastrous Battle of Brooklyn (aka the Battle of Long Island) and forced to skulk away in August, leaving the city in British hands. For more, see: http://www.amny.com/nyc-has-a-lot-more-revolutionary-war-history-than-you-might-think-1.7052756
St. Paul's Restores its Look Ahead of 250th Anniversary - On October 30, 1766, St. Paul's Chapel opened to great fanfare that day and has been in continuous use ever since for 250 consecutive years. St. Paul's Chapel is the oldest public use building in all of New York City, most famous for President George Washington's visit there following his Inaugural as President on April 30, 1789 on Wall Street. Alexander Hamilton drilled his citizen militia in St. Paul's churchyard prior to the Revolutionary War. Back on October 30, 1766, a grand procession began at Bowling Green led by clergy and city officials up Broadway for the dedication of St. Paul's Chapel that day.