November is National American History and Founders Month

November is National American History and Founders Month—a time to reflect on and learn about the history that has shaped the United States and our common national identity through nearly 250 years of continuous growth and change. We share a remarkable history, including the achievements of the American Revolution, which created our nation and committed it to ideals that have shaped and defined our history. Americans don’t understand and appreciate their history as much as they should, but we aim to change that!

This is the inaugural National American History and Founders Month, proclaimed by the president of the United States on October 31, 2019. Read the full proclamation here.


A Pensioner of the Revolution

Join us on November 15 at 12:30 p.m. for a closer look at John Neagle’s 1830 portrait, A Pensioner of the Revolution. Deputy Director and Curator Emily Schulz Parsons discusses the history of the painting and its role in the struggle for federal pensions for surviving Revolutionary War 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. This exhibition explores their stories and traces how the American republic finally acknowledged its debt and expressed its gratitude to the soldiers who secured the nation’s freedom.


The Remarkable Thomas Pinckney


American independence was won by men who refused to be beaten—who were defeated and rose again, battered but determined. That’s the lesson we can learn from the battlefield of Camden, and from the story of Thomas Pinckney, a remarkable young man who […]