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Museum of the American Revolution Opening in 2015

Home - by - August 1, 2012 - 07:00 America/New_York - 16 Comments

Well, that didn’t take too long. *head*desk*

from the DailyMail UK

Washington’s tent among stunning artifacts in first ever museum dedicated to American Revolution

A priceless collection of American Revolutionary war treasures has been waiting patiently for more than a century for a permanent place to call home.

Currently held in a secret, nondescript building in the suburbs of Philadelphia, the carefully kept collection will take up residence when the Museum of the American Revolution opens in the City of Brotherly Love’s historic district.

Like an American version of the U.K’s Royal Crown Jewels, the collection contains Founding Father George Washington’s original tent, which has been compared to an outdoor Oval Office.

General Washington’s original sleeping and office tent, parts of which appear in this early 20th century photograph, was carefully preserved by generations following the deaths of George and Martha Washington

Carefully stacked on shelves, hanging on walls and spread out on tables in a large climate-controlled room are thousands of artifacts from the Revolutionary War.They will remain under wraps in their anonymous location until late 2015, when The Museum of the American Revolution opens in Philadelphia’s historic district.

‘We’re still finding things,’ curator R. Scott Stephenson said during a recent behind-the-scenes tour of the Colonial-era cache.He recently discovered, as one example, five law books among the hundreds of storage boxes inscribed with the owner’s name: Patrick Henry. More digging unearthed estate and auction records verifying the books belonged to the Founding Father known for his ‘give me liberty or give me death’ speech, and not someone with the same name.

‘It’s not just inventorying; some of it literally is you find a piece and 6 months later, a year later, you find something else,’ Stephenson said, ‘and you triangulate and boom – it’s one plus one equals seven.’The collection was started by the Rev. W. Herbert Burk, an Episcopal minister and George Washington enthusiast who founded the Valley Forge Historical Society in the early 1900s.

That group is the predecessor of the American Revolution Center, a nonprofit and non-partisan group working to raise $150 million to build the 110,000-square-foot museum.

Earlier this month the Oneida Indian Nation announced a $10 million gift to the museum in honor of Oneidas who fought alongside the Continental Army against British forces.

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» 16 Comments

  1. cfm990

    August 1st, 2012

    American Revolution? That is sooo 1776. Is it even mentioned in modern history books? I imagine if the indoctronators had their way, it wouldn’t be.

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  2. Bob M.

    August 1st, 2012

    Outstanding! I just wish they’d put it in IA, so EVERYONE could come see it!

    You’ll NEED your OWN Musket Platoon, to fight your way INTO and out OF Philthadelphia, and PAST the 1st Trayvon Hoodie Phalanx, in order to see it in THAT cesshole, sad to say… :-(

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  3. CrustyB

    August 1st, 2012

    You can’t display this! It will incite people to violence! Someone get Napolitano on the red phone!

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  4. theJadedBarrell

    August 1st, 2012

    They’ll need to slow down.

    The New and improved Glorious Revolution is not slated until 2017.

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  5. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    August 1st, 2012

    Again, we read about this in a BRITISH newspaper.

    Americans are increasingly becoming the honey badgers of history: don’t give a sh_t, just eat it.

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  6. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    August 1st, 2012

    Bob M. makes the best point.

    Here’s an idea: since naming a golf course for Franklin D. Roosevelt makes as much sense as naming a baseball stadium after Barak Obumfuk, why not arrange a little eminent-domain finagling and build the museum on the FDR Golf Course? There’s easy on-off access from I95 (no through-ghetto driving necessary) and it’s right near all the sports action (and who needs a history lesson more than Philly sports fans?)

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  7. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    August 1st, 2012

    Slightly O/T:

    Do you think Mitt Romney knows how to throw a baseball? I think it’d be a good idea for the campaign to catch some footage of him doing it for a side-by-side with THE ONE’s limp-wristed mom-jeans left-hander. Great last-minute campaign ad for the fence-sitters.

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  8. AbigailAdams

    August 1st, 2012

    Boobie – Sounds great. Or how ’bout Romney doing an ad from an American basketball mfg?

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  9. AbigailAdams

    August 1st, 2012

    Gordon Wood is a phenomenal historian. I highly recommend his books; some of the larger ones, on an e-reader (!)

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  10. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    August 1st, 2012

    @ Abby – How about a promo from some of those black MILLIONAIRES FOR MITT ROUNDBALL PLAYERS

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  11. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    August 1st, 2012

    @ Abby – How about a promo from some of those black MILLIONAIRES FOR MITT roundball players we hear so much about?

    And monkeys might fly outta . . .

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  12. bitterclinger

    August 1st, 2012

    Boobie, I don’t think it’s Americans who have become jaded about U.S. history; it’s the bought-and-paid-for MLM.

    Beck had lots of artifacts in Dallas last weekend and he said the biggest crowds around the displays were young people wanting to see and touch history.

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  13. muddjuice

    August 1st, 2012

    I may have to brave Philly to see this. I’m enamored by Washington and the Revolution. Probably because it wasn’t taught in public school….

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  14. Billy Fuster

    August 1st, 2012

    Maybe this will inspire a few “acts of defiance” against our current oppressors.

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  15. Maudie N Mandeville

    August 1st, 2012

    The White House has asked for special mention on all artifacts belonging to General Washington, Patrick Henry and Paul Revere of President Obama’s recently discovered direct relation to these great men. A computer generated Certificate of Authenticity will be forthcoming.

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  16. Ticklebee

    August 1st, 2012

    I don’t understand. Why the headbanging?

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