Support our Traveling Trunks

This Giving Tuesday, help support our American Revolution traveling trunk program, which remains one of the only resources of its kind delivering primary source-based lesson content and reproduction clothing into America’s classrooms completely free of charge. Our four traveling trunks—now in their sixth year—are very well used, so much so that we are replacing the existing shipping cases due to wear and tear.

Two trunks feature the stories of the Continental Army and two highlight the global reach of the Revolutionary War at sea. These are enjoyed by five thousand students during a full academic year. To date they have been embraced by teachers in forty-two states—including Alaska and Hawaii—plus the District of Columbia.

The annual program cost to ship and maintain quality trunks and contents approximates $15,000, which we believe is well worth the $3-per-student investment. Replacing the shipping cases will cost an added $500 per case, but it’s all money well spent to enrich a student’s understanding and appreciation for the achievements and legacy of the American Revolution!


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How Insurance Shaped the American Founding

Register now for an online author’s talk on Underwriters of the United States: How Insurance Shaped the American Founding by Hannah Farber of Columbia University. In her new book, Dr. Farber explores the central roles insurers played in state building and economic development during and after the American Revolution. This free event takes place on Thursday, January 13 at 6:30 p.m.

Pepper-Pot by Krimmel is a graphic image in the American Revolution Institute exhibition America's First Veterans.


America's First Veterans

Over a quarter of a million Americans served in the armed forces that won our independence. Those who survived became America’s first veterans—the world’s first veterans of an army of free men. You can explore this theme and the art, artifacts, books and manuscripts in the exhibition in our new companion book, America’s First Veterans.


The Mysterious Hero’s Return

Among the most curious treasures in the library of the American Revolution Institute is a monochrome aquatint with etching of a properly dressed gentleman with his left hand gripping the pommel of his sword and his right arm draped around a bare-breasted woman whose […]