American Revolution Institute Today

Our monthly newsletter, The American Revolution Institute Today, seeks to inform, inspire and build our community of advocates for understanding and appreciating the American Revolution. Each issue features news, events and commentary from the Institute, highlighting activities of our museum, library and education programs and new content on our website. Browse past issues of the newsletter below. To join our mailing list, click here.

 

October 2021

This issue highlights the upcoming 2021 George Rogers Clark Lecture, the recently conserved portrait of Thomas Pinckney, a letter of thanks from George Washington to David Rittenhouse written in 1783, the new set of reproduction artillery tools on display in Anderson House, and the acquisition of a painting depicting George Washington and Rochambeau reviewing French troops on the march to Yorktown.

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September 2021

This issue highlights a mysterious portrait of Brigadier General William Irvine; the Historiscope, an early educational toy held in the Institute’s collections; an upcoming author’s talk by Professor Katherine Carté about the influence of the Revolution on religious life on both sides of the Atlantic; a French pamphlet recently acquired by the library detailing the Battle of the Chesapeake; and the education program’s traveling trunks.

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August 2021

This issue highlights an author’s talk about the lives of Robert Townsend and Elizabeth, an enslaved woman in Revolutionary New York; the Institute’s conservation efforts on a portrait of an unidentified Continental officer; an upcoming lecture marking the 250th anniversary of the Regulator Rebellion; and the return of researchers to the library’s reading room.

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July 2021

This issue highlights the second of July celebration concert, the new Society of the Cincinnati website launch, recent acquisition of letters written by the marquis de Lafayette, an upcoming program on French memoirs about the American Revolution and a teacher program on George Washington.

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June 2021

This issue highlights the 2021 winner of the Society of the Cincinnati Prize T. Cole Jones for his book on prisoners of war in the American Revolution, the one year anniversary and recent additions to the online museum database, a new classroom lesson about George Washington’s leadership and public service and a staff profile of our director of development.

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May 2021

This issue highlights an author’s talk about the Battle of Saratoga, the acquisition of a portrait of Philippe-Jacques-François Aupépin de Lamothe, an officer in the Auxerrois Regiment of the French army, the work of members Herbert M. Berg, Ph.D., and John Morgan Douglass, Jr., Ph.D to share our educational resources and mission with schools and a newly digitized manuscript depicting seventy hand-colored plates representing the regimental uniforms of the British army at the time of the American Revolution.

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April 2021

This issue highlights an author’s talk about George Washington’s role in the design of the District of Columbia, conservation work to restore daguerreotypes of Revolutionary War veterans, a newly digitized manuscript detailing the horses of Elisha Sheldon’s Second Continental Dragoons, continuing education opportunities for educators, an article on Sebastian Bauman’s Plan of the Investment of York and Gloucester and an appeal to reenlist as an Associate of the American Revolution Institute.

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March 2021

This issue highlights an author’s talk about the Boston Massacre, the recording of our lecture The Future of the American Revolutionan article about the Diamond Eagle of the Society of the Cincinnatinew classroom resources about the Legacies of the Revolution and a staff profile of our historical programs associate. 

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February 2021

This issue highlights African American patriots, professional development opportunities for educators, the recording of our author’s talk on America’s First Veterans, an article about the Diderot Encyclopédie, the latest installment of Why America is Free, a virtual video tour of Anderson House and a tribute to Dr. J. Phillip London.

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January 2021

This issue highlights our 2021 library fellows, a virtual author’s talk on America’s First Veterans, sculptures of Nathan Hale in our collections and a staff profile of our museum collections manager.

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December 2020

This issue highlights our 2020 Giving Tuesday project, a virtual author’s talk on America’s First Veterans, Charles Willson Peale’s 1778 mezzotint of George Washington, a historic toast celebrating Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, our online exhibition Boom! Artillery in the American Revolution, hands-on Continental Artillery education tools and new digital resources.

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November 2020

This issue highlights the publications of America’s First Veterans, library documents describing the first U.S. election, our Teaching Associates program, ten great Revolutionary War paintings, Revolutionary Choices game, a rare French map of the United States, an American Revolution cultural literacy test, a staff profile of our director of marketing and communications and a new addition to our online shop.

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October 2020

This issue highlights our expanding website, two Congressional presentation swords in our collection, the next George Rogers Clark Lecture, a call for 2021 research fellowship applications, an invitation to join our cause and a staff profile of our research services librarian. 

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September 2020

This issue highlights our work to expose the flaws of the “1619 Project” classroom curriculum, our expanding digital lesson plans for teachers, a new list of ten great Revolutionary War artifacts, a new acquisition to the library collection and a staff profile of our history and education associate. 

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Philip Schuyler Statue

August 2020

This issue highlights our advocacy efforts in Albany, New York, where the mayor recently issued an executive order to remove a century-old statue of Major General Philip Schuyler, one of the highest ranking officers in the Continental Army, as well as the publication of Why is America Free? in serial form on our website, how we successfully conducted our Master Teachers Seminar completely online, a recent acquisition to our manuscript collection, the conservation of two portrait miniatures, our upcoming video Lunch Bite and our latest blog post.

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July 2020

This issue highlights three essays exposing the dangerous falsehoods of the “1619 Project,” a video trailer for our upcoming Second of July concert, our new online educational strategy video game Revolutionary Choices, the release of the digital version of the America’s First Veterans book, a special series of manuscripts that have been added to our digital library, taking our annual Master Teachers Seminar online, a new acquisition to the museum collections, an invitation to contribute to our cause and a new addition to our online shop.

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Video still of Rachel Nellis presenting a video about Deborah Sampson.

June 2020

This issue highlights our new online museum collections database, the upcoming Second of July concert, how we’re gearing up for the 2020-2021 school year with more online lessons, the recent acquisition of a major collection of manuscripts and printed works relating to financing the American Revolution, our first video Lunch Bite and how one DC class Zoomed-In on the American Revolution.

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May 2020

This issue highlights our 2020 Resources for Students and Teachers publication, the start of conservation on the oil portrait of Thomas Pinckney, the release of the digital book The Art of War in the Age of the American Revolution: 100 Treasures from the Fergusson Collection, Virginia students using our educational resources in their classroom, the addition of a First Delaware Regiment orderly book to our digital library, a new video tour of Anderson House and a tribute to one of the members of the American Revolution Institute Board of Overseers.

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Evan Phifer explains a cannon to teachers at the American Revolution Institute headquarters.

April 2020

The inaugural issue of The American Revolution Institute Today highlights our online resources, the recipient of the 2020 Society of the Cincinnati Prize, the acquisition of a French and Indian War journal, a blog post on George Washington’s response to epidemic disease during the Revolutionary War, this year’s class of American Revolution Institute fellows, teacher workshops focused on America’s first veterans, our traveling trunks’ journey to Hawaii and a staff profile of our tour and public program manager.

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