March 05, 2019

Celebrate Legacy-Making Ladies During Women’s History Month at Museum’s History After Hours Event March 19

Enjoy Specialty Cocktails Featuring Art in the Age’s New Cherry Bounce Liqueur

Sip a cocktail inspired by Martha Washington’s recipe, test your knowledge of women’s history with a trivia contest, make-your-own button featuring quotes from inspirational women, and learn about legacy-making ladies of the Revolution on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 from 5 – 8 p.m., during Women’s History Month at the Museum of the American Revolution. 

The event is part of the Museum’s series of monthly History After Hours events which feature extended evening hours, special themed programs, happy hour food and drink specials in Cross Keys Café, and full access to the Museum’s exhibits. Tickets for History After Hours are $10 and can be purchased online in advance here or at the door.

Eliza Hamilton, wife of Alexander Hamilton, burned her husband’s love letters before she died, but what do we know about women’s correspondence that survives? Discover Revolutionary-era women’s relationships to the written record and how they used writing to create their legacies during a discussion at 6:30 p.m. with Dr. Marcela Micucci, the Museum’s Postdoctoral Fellow in Women’s History. From Abigail Adams’ famed call to “remember the ladies” to Philadelphia loyalist Grace Growden Galloway’s self-assertion of rights, examine the ways in which women in the Revolution documented their lives and contributed to building of the new nation. 

Then put your own legacy into print with book artist Amanda D’Amico of Tiny Revolutionary Press. D’Amico and members of Soap Box Philly, a community print shop and zine library, will lead a hands-on activity to write, fold, and seal letters inspired by 18th-century methods. Write a letter to a loved one, a friend, or even an elected official (stamps will be provided).

From 5 – 7 p.m., test your knowledge of women’s history during “The Quizzing Glass” in Cross Keys Café to win prizes. Also in Cross Keys Café, enjoy free cocktail samples from Art in the Age featuring their newly released Cherry Bounce Liqueur, based on of Martha Washington’s brandy-based recipe, throughout the evening.

At 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., meet in the galleries for pop-up talks about Revolutionary women like Elizabeth “Mumbet” Freeman, an enslaved woman who sued for her freedom and won; Deborah Sampson, who dressed as a man to fight in the Continental Army; and Phillis Wheatley, America’s first published Black female poet.

And don’t miss Discovery Carts, available throughout the evening, to learn about Two Kettles Together, who fought during the Battle of Oriskany, and Eliza Hamilton’s evolving fashions as part of the Museum’s Fashioning Eliza project.

In the upcoming months, History After Hours will include Death and Taxes on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 and Seafarers and Stargazers on Tuesday, May 21, 2019.

About Museum of the American Revolution
The Museum of the American Revolution explores the dramatic, surprising story of the American Revolution through its unmatched collection of Revolutionary-era weapons, personal items, documents, and works of art. Immersive galleries, powerful theater experiences, and digital touchscreens bring to life the diverse array of people who created a new nation against incredible odds. Visitors gain a deeper appreciation for how this nation came to be and feel inspired to consider their role in the ongoing promise of the American Revolution. Located just steps away from Independence Hall, the Museum serves as a portal to the region’s many Revolutionary sites, sparking interest, providing context, and encouraging exploration. The Museum, which opened on April 19, 2017, is a private, non-profit, and non-partisan organization. For more information, visit www.AmRevMuseum.org or call 877.740.1776.