DAR and the Museum of the American Revolution

Written by: Lynn Young, President General
May 4, 2016

In February we announced that DAR is joining in support and partnering with the Museum of the American Revolution, a ground-breaking new museum set to open in 2017.

The Museum of the American Revolution’s mission is to bring to life the events, people and ideals of the founding of the United States and to inspire a deep appreciation of the importance of the struggle that created the American nation.

To kick off our partnership the DAR has provided a gift of a grant to underwrite the framing and installation within the Museum of a hand-painted copy of the Siege of Yorktown (1781), a monumental 19th century painting by French artist Louis-Charles Auguste Couder which hangs in the Hall of the Battles in the Palace of Versailles. This striking painting, which measures over 13 feet by 17 feet, must be stretched, varnished, hung and framed to the wall. Once hung, the painting will be seen from the first floor, drawing visitors up the stairs into the Museum’s large interior court as they begin the museum experience.

We were thrilled to welcome the Museum of the American Revolution’s Director of Collections and Interpretation, Dr. R. Scott Stephenson to DAR Headquarters in March when he spoke during the DAR Museum’s Remembering the American Revolution, Evidence of Commemoration Symposium. Dr. Stephenson gave a very interesting talk about George Washington’s marquis, which served as his field headquarters during the Revolutionary War.  He also discussed the efforts of the Museum of the American Revolution to preserve the marquis, which will be housed in a dedicated theater in the museum, and their efforts to conduct research on its use during the war, and its life after the war.

The construction of the Museum of the American Revolution is well underway. Over the winter months, the building's brick façade steadily went up and all of the brick is now in place. On the interior, installation of the permanent exhibit's structural walls is underway and the central staircase that takes visitors from the Museum lobby to the second floor exhibition space was recently fitted into place.  

I am thrilled by our partnership with the Museum of the American Revolution and I hope you will take time to learn more about their efforts: www.AmRevMuseum.org.

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