History After Hours: Fresh Ink

Learn about the application, materials, and symbology of Native American tattooing from Michael Galban, the curator for the Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan State Historic Site. In the Galleries, board the Museum’s privateer sloop to learn how Revolutionaries marked themselves in ink, their favorite subjects for tattoo art, and get a historic temporary tattoo of your own!

History After Hours: A Revolutionary St. Patrick’s Day

Live free or die! In 1798, Irish revolutionaries, led by the United Irishmen, fought for independence from the British Empire and for equal rights for all Irishmen. Learn about this revolt, inspired by the American and French revolutions, and the people who were involved. In our Cross Keys Café, raise a pint and sing along to songs of the Irish Revolution during the final week of the exhibition, Cost of Revolution: The Life and Death of an Irish Soldier.

From Gainsborough to Gothic Nightmares: Art History in Cost of Revolution

Join Dr. Martin Myrone, Senior Curator of British Art to 1800 at Tate Britain in London, UK, for a presentation exploring the extraordinary life and art of Richard St. George in its art historical context. Myrone will discuss how he identified St. George as the sitter for Thomas Gainsborough’s portrait, previously known to art historians only as An Officer of the 4th Regiment of Foot, on loan to the Museum of the American Revolution from the National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne, Australia). Re-identifying this striking portrait opened up an expected set of connections between the historical trauma of the Revolution and the fantastical culture of the Gothic, involving cheap shocks, weird plots, and amateur dramatics.

History After Hours: Black History Untold

The Museum is proud to host the world premiere of the third season of the acclaimed series “Black History Untold,” as it explores “Revolution” in the context of Black history. Created by award-winning journalist Sofiya Ballin, Black History Untold: Revolution will feature panelists whose stories you will see on screen. These stories showcase the diverse and powerful examples of Black resistance or revolution on a global scale and the impact actions that the brave can have on a diaspora.

Read the Revolution Speaker Series with Stephen Brumwell

Stephen Brumwell will trace Benedict Arnold’s journey from a once-ardent hero of the Revolutionary cause to its most dishonored traitor. This evening program includes a book signing with the author.

STEPHEN BRUMWELL is a writer and independent historian based in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Featured Book: Turncoat: Benedict Arnold and the Crisis of American Liberty (Yale University Press, May 2018)

History After Hours: A Winter’s Ball

Fall into step and join in a traditional Irish ceilidh, a social gathering with dancing and storytelling. Join the dance masters of “In Good Company” and Timoney Irish Dancers to watch (and try!) 18th-century Irish social dances. In Cost of Revolution: The Life and Death of an Irish Soldier, listen to poetry readings from famous Irish poets. In the Cross Keys Café, try samples of Hochstadter’s Slow & Low Old Fashioned cocktail, sip on winter warmers and enjoy Happy Hour specials.

History After Hours: All the Gory Details

Tap into your subconscious and reveal your nightmares as we explore the connection between art and affliction. Watch a special performance of Irish officer Richard St. George as he relives his time fighting in the American war and its Irish aftermath. Review “all the gory details” of a gruesome and risky surgery and its connections to Richard St. George in a joint presentation with the Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and the Museum of the American Revolution.

…and celebrate Philly Cider Week!
Kickoff Philly Cider Week with a special cider cocktail competition! Select local restaurants will revive 18th-century cider “cocktails” using the base of delicious Frecon Farms Cider. Guests will have the chance to vote on whose cider pour was the most hardcore.

History After Hours: All the Gory Details

Tap into your subconscious and reveal your nightmares as we explore the connection between art and affliction. Watch a special performance of Irish officer Richard St. George as he relives his time fighting in the American war and its Irish aftermath.

Read the Revolution Speaker Series with Lonnie G. Bunch III

A Fool’s Errand: Creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture in the Age of Bush, Obama, and Trump (Smithsonian Books, September 2019)

Lonnie G. Bunch III will discuss the dynamic process it took to open the National Museum of African American History and Culture in September 2016, in lively conversation with Dr. R. Scott Stephenson, President & CEO of the Museum of the American Revolution. This evening program includes an opportunity to purchase a book signed by the author.

Lonnie G. Bunch III is the 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and Founding Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Tickets are $10 for students with valid ID.