Thursday, May 11, 2017

Highlights of the MOAR Museum of the American Revolution

American Revolution Relics

1. A statue of King George III that once (1770) stood on a pedestal in New York City was torn down by protestors, few fragments remain.

2. A piece of the bridge at Lexington and Concord where "The Shot Heard Round The World" took place found in the dirt in the 1950's.

3. The first political cartoon in American History.

4. Washington's Sash made of blue silk was worn by the general as part of his military uniform.

5 .This is perhaps one of my favorite distinction of the American Revolution. This Hunting Shirt had the reputation of being wore by expert marksman. Washington had hoped to clothe his entire army with these shirts to diminish feelings of dissatisfaction or jealousy and present a unite force.

6. One of the original chairs from the Continental Congress.

7. This uniform coat was worn by Massachusetts, Lt. Colonel Benjamin Holden. Holden wore this coat when he commanded forces June 17, 1775 at Bunker Hill. Red coats often associated with the British were

8. General Hugh Mercer lost his life at the Battle of Princeton and the sword has been reverently kept by The St. Andrew's Society since 1841. Mercer was a member of The St. Andrew's Society

9. I was struck by the memorial wall of photographs as I left the New Nation section of the exhibits. Portraits were the norm during the revolutionary times, not every one had a portrait done. Sketches would depict the ordinary people of the times.  To see these photographs probably from the mid 1800's just made me more fascinated with these people that lived during those times brought the museum to life.

10. Washington's War Tent is an experience and if you do not walk out of there saying that was awesome I feel bad for you. The presentation at the Museum of the American Revolution shows the tent through seasons along with different times of the day and night.  It really gives you a feel for the length and progress made for American Independence.  It is a strong overture.

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