Winter Break: The Crucial Days

Over ten days in December and January 1776, George Washington carried out a series of strategic maneuvers and moves to bring the American army back from the brink. During Winter Break, explore the diverse stories of men and women in Pennsylvania and New Jersey who, like Alexander Hamilton, experienced “The Ten Crucial Days” with costumed interpretation and craft demonstrations that highlight famous duels, river crossings and military families.

From December 26 through the 31, guests can participate in a demonstration of activities that would have taken place in the Museum’s neighborhood during the 18th century.

Gallery talks on December 26-28 will transport guests on a ten-minute trip through the ten crucial days between the Battle of Princeton and Battle of Trenton, which Hamilton would have seen on year earlier in 1777.

On December 28, take paces to learn the rules of the duel Hamilton witnessed between Charles Lee and his friend, John Laurens near Philadelphia on December 24, 1778.

On December 29-30, follow the progress of a fashion demonstration to stitch a gown similar to the one Eliza Schuyler would have worn when she first met her military suitor in 1777, and compare it to her later Philadelphia style as Eliza Hamilton in Hamilton Was Here

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