A New Home for an Old Veteran
On January 9, President General Pless Lunger and Institute Chairman Mark Williams visited Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie at his office to present him with a replica of A Pensioner of the Revolution, the oldest known portrait of a homeless veteran. They made the presentation to thank the secretary for speaking at Anderson House on Veterans Day 2019 to help launch America’s First Veterans, a new initiative that includes an exhibition, publications, lectures and other programs, as well as new educational programs. A Pensioner of the Revolution portrays Joseph Winter, a Revolutionary War veteran the artist John Neagle met living on the streets in Philadelphia in December 1829. The original portrait is one of the treasures from our collections now on display.
To learn more about Secretary Wilkie’s remarks, read the news release here.