New Release

We are pleased to announce the publication of America’s First Veterans, the American Revolution Institute’s new book following the experience of Revolutionary War veterans. Those veterans, Jack Warren writes, “were ordinary people, made extraordinary by their service in the struggle for American independence.” They believed in the American cause, he explains, and “many suffered for it, in ways their fellow Americans learned to honor and that we should honor as well.” In the words of Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie, who wrote the foreword to the book, their generation “seized an historic opportunity that forever changed the world.”


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Marion Inviting a British Officer is one of the Treasures of the American Revolution a new series from the American Revolution Institute.

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Ten Great American Revolution Paintings, 1790-1860

Paintings of the American Revolution by John Trumbull, Asher Durand, Emanuel Leutze and other artists shaped the way Americans remembered and imagined the American Revolution. They still do. Read all about them in the new feature in our series Treasures of the American Revolution.



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


Veterans on View

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, published in hardback on November 11.


The Fruit Seller’s Portrait

Among the treasures in the care of the American Revolution Institute—owned for nearly two hundred years by the New York State Society of the Cincinnati—is an enigmatic portrait painted by John Trumbull at the height of his career. The sitter, Bryan Rossiter, is […]