New Book on the American Revolution Now Available

This narrative history of the American War for Independence argues that the American Revolution is the central event in the history of the United States—the turning point between our colonial origins and our national experience. The richly illustrated hardcover book is meant for anyone wishing to understand our national origins, and is also appropriate for teachers and secondary classrooms. Released on October 3, Freedom was written by Jack D. Warren, Jr., and published under the auspices of the American Revolution Institute. Order your copy today!


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Upcoming Author's Talk - Revolutionary Blacks

Join us on Tuesday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m., for an author’s talk featuring historian Shirley Greeen discussing her recent book that focuses on the wartime experiences of William and Benjamin Frank, brothers and freeborn men of color who enlisted in the Second Rhode Island Regiment of the Continental Army during the American Revolution, and demonstrates how free men of color shared with white soldiers the desire to improve their condition of life in post-colonial North America.


Fete Lafayette

Fete Lafayette marks the bicentennial of the marquis de Lafayette’s farewell tour of the United States. In August 1824, he arrived for a thirteen-month tour of the country he helped establish and whose democratic experiment he saw as a model for the rest of the world. The exhibition explores how Lafayette was celebrated during his farewell tour and how the tour reflects the fulfillment and ongoing promise of the nation’s founding ideals.

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Traveling Trunk Lessons

The curriculum that accompanies our traveling trunks is now available to educators anytime as part of our online suite of classroom resources. Explore lessons about diversity in the Continental Army, George Washington’s challenges as commander in chief, baron von Steuben’s “Blue Book,” America’s first purple heart and more.