Commemorate Women’s History Month at the Museum of the American Revolution
The Museum of the American Revolution has planned the following activities and programs in commemoration of Women’s History Month. Throughout March, families on site and online can enjoy a virtual panel discussion, discovery carts, pop-up talks, a take-and-make craft and activities that bring to life the powerful, diverse perspectives and experiences of women of the era.
The Museum’s Women’s History Month highlights include:
- AmRev Presents: Betsy Ross Beyond the Flag
Wednesday, March 16, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Join the Museum and American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University to uncover facts and fictions about famous flag maker Betsy Ross. Author and historian Dr. Marla R. Miller, Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the Museum Dr. Aimee E. Newell, and actor Lenne Klingaman (Dawn, “Waitress”), will discuss Ross’s influence on cultural memory about women’s contributions to the American Revolution, contemporary curatorial work and theatrical performance. Moderated by A.R.T.’s Sarah Schofield-Mansure, the event will be virtual only, with tickets available for purchase here.
- Liberty: Don Troiani’s Paintings of the Revolutionary War Special Exhibit | Daily, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Don’t miss the Museum’s special exhibition, now open through Sept. 5, which immerses visitors in the dramatic and research-based works of nationally renowned historical artist Don Troiani. During Women’s History Month, educators will discuss paintings featuring female figures of the era, such as Two Kettles Together (Tyonajanegen) in “Battle of Oriskany” and Margaret Corbin, the first female pensioner of the United States in “Margaret Corbin, Fort Washington.” Families can explore the space with the special family guide and scavenger hunt! The exhibit is included with regular Museum admission.
- “Meet Elizabeth Freeman” Film | Saturdays and Sundays 11:15 a.m. & 2:15 p.m.
Watch a film of a first-person theatrical performance portraying the life and experiences of Elizabeth “Mumbet” Freeman, a Massachusetts woman who sued for freedom from enslavement and won. The performance can also be viewed online anytime.
- Revolution Place Craft: Make a Heart Pin Cushion | Weekends, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
In the Museum’s family-friendly discovery center, Revolution Place, discover how 18th-century women would make similar pincushions and wear them tied to their waist. Then, create a heart-shaped pincushion with an educator. No prior sewing experience is needed.
- Museum’s Digital Resources | Available online anytime
Explore the stories of Revolutionary women from the comfort of home with the Museum’s wide range of digital resources. In the Museum’s Virtual Tour, learn about women like Deborah Squash, who escaped enslavement at Mount Vernon and sought protection with the British Army; Deborah Sampson, who dressed as a man to fight in the Continental Army and Phillis Wheatley, America’s first published Black female poet. The Museum’s virtual exhibit, When Women Lost the Vote: A Revolutionary Story, 1776-1807, examines the incredible story of women and free people of color voting in early America.
The Museum of the American Revolution is at 101 S. Third St. in Philadelphia. For tickets or more information, visit the museum’s website.