April 3, 2013
About "From the Archives"
These posts will explore the marquee’s many purposes and contexts.
As our Director of Collections and Interpretation Scott Stephenson travels with Colonial Williamsburg Tailor Mark Hutter to Northern Ireland this week to pick up the linen needed to replicate The First Oval Office this summer, the Museum of the American Revolution remembers that George Washington’s marquee has traveled many miles in more than two hundred years, serving as an office, home, and relic. Our posts from the archives will use historical documents to explore the marquee’s many purposes and contexts: tracing its significance in relationship to its makers, users, owners, collectors, and visitors.
George Washington’s marquee was originally part of a suite that included a large dining tent now held by the National Museum of American History (Smithsonian). Parts of Washington’s Revolutionary War tents and field equipment are now scattered through museum collections including the National Museum of American History, Yorktown Battlefield (NPS), Mount Vernon, the New York Historical Society, and the Museum of the American Revolution.
By gathering these archival storylines alongside the marquee’s exciting replication in Colonial Williamsburg, we aim to explore the unanswered historical questions about George Washington’s tents and connect with the many people and institutions involved with in First Oval Office initiative.
Next up: The history of Washington’s tents